iPod: The Missing Manual

iPod: The Missing Manual

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by J. D. Biersdorfer, David Pogue

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Apple’s iPods continue to set the bar for media players, with bold new features like the Touch’s supersized screen and Siri voice control. But iPods still lack a guide to all their features. That’s where this full-color book comes in. It shows you how to play music, movies, and slideshows; shoot photos and videos; and navigate Apple's redesigned


Apple’s iPods continue to set the bar for media players, with bold new features like the Touch’s supersized screen and Siri voice control. But iPods still lack a guide to all their features. That’s where this full-color book comes in. It shows you how to play music, movies, and slideshows; shoot photos and videos; and navigate Apple's redesigned iTunes media-management program.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Fill it up. Load your iPod with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, ebooks, and podcasts.
  • Manage your stuff. Download media and apps from the iTunes and App Stores, then organize your collection.
  • Tackle the Touch. Send email and instant messages, make FaceTime calls, and shoot photos and HD video with the Touch's 5-megapixel camera.
  • Go wireless. Use the Touch’s new iOS 6 software to sync content wirelessly.
  • Relish the Nano. Enjoy video and photos on the Nano’s new big screen, and chart your workouts with the Nike+ pedometer.
  • Master the Shuffle and Classic. Get mucho music on the little Shuffle, and use the Classic’s giant hard drive to tote around your audio and video collections.
  • Pump it up. Blast iPod tunes through your home and car stereo.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
What could be more exciting than to open up that new iPod box? There’s your iPod, nestled safely in its own little plastic insert, with its own little cellophane wrapper announcing, “Don’t Steal Music.” There are your earbud headphones, your FireWire cable, power adapter, dock, carrying case, software CD, warranty card, maybe even a remote control. And there’s…that’s your iPod User’s Guide? That itsy-bitsy folder? That’s all?

It might be different if your iPod were as dumb as the typical MP3 player. But, shucks, it’s not. The darned thing can track your appointments. Even if you only intend to use it for music, it can do a whole lot more than you might expect -- if only someone would tell you how. Especially when you take into account the software it comes with.

The solution? iPod: The Missing Manual. Gadget lover and New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer has written a book that’s a perfect match for the iPod: simple, useful, and fun. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPod, along with a bunch of stuff that’s just plain cool to know. (Those earbuds? Those aren’t just aluminum or cobalt drivers in there: that’s neodymium, a rare-earth material that’s five times more powerful. Tell ’em that at your next cocktail party.)

Biersdorfer walks you through each of your iPod’s menus, showing (for example) how to create On-the-Go Playlists (new to the 2003 iPods -- before that, you had to download all your playlists from your computer). You’ll learn how to control your backlight (it’s pretty, but a huge battery drain: If you’re spinning tunes in a dark club, leave it Always On, but make darned sure you’re running on AC current.)

Next, you’ll walk through establishing your FireWire connection and syncing -- including installing a FireWire card if you’re running iPod on a Windows PC. (Biersdorfer covers both Mac and Windows iPods, which are growing increasingly alike and will be even more alike when Apple introduces iTunes for Windows).

There’s a full chapter on digital music formats: both MP3 and the impressive (albeit restricted) AAC format. AAC compressed at 128 kbps stereo is tough to distinguish from uncompressed audio sources. Wish you could say that about MP3.

She next turns to software: both iTunes for Macintosh and MusicMatch Jukebox for Windows. On both platforms, you’ll walk through ripping CDs, importing music files, deleting songs, playing music, and managing your music library. Biersdorfer even covers the software’s nifty Internet radio features.

Older iPod books didn’t have the opportunity to cover Apple’s new iTunes Music Store. This one does, discussing everything from shopping to billing. (Biersdorfer’s even reprinted Scott Taylor’s hilarious iTunes Music Store parody, to the tune of Billy Joel’s "Piano Man.")

Biersdorfer covers using your iPod as a boom box or connecting it to your car stereo. Where to update its internal software. Who offers a replacement case that doesn’t cover the screen or keep you from using the front-panel buttons. And, of course, iPod’s calendar and address book mini-applications. (Enough to make the thing tax deductible? Hmmm…) Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Meet the Author

J.D. Biersdorfer is the best-selling author of iPad: The Missing Manual, Best iPhone Apps (Second Edition), Netbooks: The Missing Maunal, and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book. She is the co-author of iPod: The Missing Manual, Google: The Missing Manual (Second Edition), iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual, and The Internet: The Missing Manual. She has authored the weekly technology column "Q&A" for the New York Times since 1998 and often writes about art, books, and design for other sections of The Times. J.D. also co-hosts the independent Pop Tech Jam audio podcast, which explores current events in the world of technology and geek culture.

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Par_Sifal More than 1 year ago
Color close-ups and screenshots from both iPods and iTunes will help you go far beyond the elementary interactions you learn in a few minutes straight out of the box. A small chapter covers plugging in accessories, external speakers, and using an iPod in a car. iPod Touch 1st-generation is described in this 6th edition; for the 2g model, you'll need the 7th edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you getting the most out of your iPod? If you¿re not, then this book is for you. Author J D Biersdorfer, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that has easy to follow graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance of the most useful things your iPod can do. Biersdorfer, begins by showing you what lies underneath all of the menus on your iPod or iPod Nanao and what each item does. Then, the author focuses on introducing you to iTunes most basic and useful tools. Next, she shows you how to make playlists of songs you¿ve added to iTunes. She also looks at how much you will spend in the iTunes store. The author then spotlights the video side of iTunes. Then, she shows you even more ways to use your iPod. The author continues by explaining the simple procedures for playing your iPod songs through the woofers and tweeters in your life. Then, she explains what to do if your iPod¿s acting weird. Finally, the author kicks it up a notch and gives you some ideas of what else you can do with iTunes and the iPod besides just watching and listening. In this most excellent book, you¿ll learn how to install iTunes. Perhaps more importantly, this book will show you everything from turning your iPod on, to charging your iPod without a computer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Apple manual for the iPod is 6 pages long, a good start, but hardly enough to really get your feet wet with your new cigarette-pack sized personal music assistant. J.D. Biersdorfer supplements this with a 331 page tome that tells you ¿everything you ever wanted to know about the iPod, but were afraid to ask¿. Biersdorfer covers all versions of the iPod back to generation one (1G) and bringing you up to date to generation three (3G), including those designed for the Windows operating system. The book is organized into five parts: Hardware, Software, Beyond the Music, Extreme iPodding, and Appendixes. Each of the parts explains in layman's terms the relevant areas of the iPod experience. The Hardware section covers the various incarnations of the iPod, as well as, various accessories like the remote control, case, and earbuds. Hardware also covers charging, and synchronizing the iPod with the computer (Macintosh or Windows) of your choice. Clear instructions and diagrams/photos make the hardware section easy to follow. The hardware section even includes instructions for installing a Firewire card if your computer is not equipped with Firewire. One section is sure to be controversial; instructions are given on how to copy music FROM the iPod TO the computer. Biersdorfer admits that this could be used to pirate music, but counters with some good reasons to transfer music WITHOUT piracy. The Software section includes a good discussion of digital music formats including MP3, AIFF, AAC, and WAV. A rather lengthy discussion of the features of iTunes for Macintosh is included to get the reader up to speed on the usefulness of this portion of the digital hub. The books publication predates the December 2003 release of iTunes for Windows, so the older MusicMatch for Windows is covered. Finally, a good overview of the iTunes Music Store is given, with a tour of the features and a really great takeoff on Billy Joel¿s ¿Piano Man¿ called ¿iTunes Man¿. Beyond the Music covers the other uses of the iPod including Address Book, Calendar, Games and eBooks, iSync, and the iPod as a hard drive. I found the Calendar section particularly helpful, as it covers using the major players: iCal, Entourage, and Now Up-to-Date. Extreme iPodding was tor me the most interesting section of the book, as it talks about iPod hacks and cool tricks as well as the myriad accessories available for the iPod. Currently I¿m looking to use my iPod in my car and the information on devices to connect to a car stereo helped me to decide which of the routes to take. The troubleshooting section brings together much of the information from the Apple Knowledge Base articles into one easy to find location. As I have had issues with both of my iPods, it was nice to be able to find the information in one spot, rather than clicking to the 4 or 5 different articles on Apple¿s website, and having to cross reference the troubleshooting procedures from printouts. The appendixes cover both the Macintosh and Windows software offerings, menu by menu, and explain some of the lesser known keyboard shortcuts for the commands in each program. Overall the book is a great compliment to the iPod experience. It is clearly written and has just enough humor sprinkled throughout to keep the reader smiling and interested. I opened the book thinking that 300+ pages on a device this small with five buttons was overkill... J.D. Biersdorfer and O¿Reilly proved me wrong. I learned to make my iPod more than ¿just¿ a music player, and I had fun while doing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really helpful. Best manual ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a iPod Nano 7th Generation. I had iTunes installed onto my old computer, but it crashed, and we got a new one. Now my iTunes is gone. I installed it, and it said it was installed, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! I went to Geek Squad and Best Buy and they said to look in my computer and desktop for it, but never found it. If you can help me, PLEASE do! Reply to Val. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got one for my birthday. I recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy want ipod touch for christmas and if i dont get one im buying one after christmas. Ive been wanting one for over 5 yrs and my brother has one but my mom doesnt really want me to get one. I want the fourth gen cause the fifth isnt much better and it sooo many more $$$. Plus moat of my friends that either have the fifth or know someone that does say that the screen is too big. BTW this book is really good. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To those of you who do not have an apple device you should realy look into it. I just recently purchased an ipod touch and i LOVE it. Many people say that apple products are over rated but they are not. I would even say they are under rated. Now that i own this ipod i have a: ipod nano (7th generation and 5th generation) ipod shuffle, ipod classic (240 gigabites) ipad (3rd generation,160 gigabites and first generation 32 gigabites) iphone 5s and the latest mac computer. As you can see i am big on all apple products. After tommorow i am also going to purchase the ipad mini and i am only 13 years old!! If you are wondering were i get all this money i babysit these rich people for 30 dollars an hour.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going to get an ipod touch forth generayion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that everyone should have a apple product. Sometimes they can be expensive. But for the most part its wotprth the money u spend. Im not saying you just have to go buy it thos instance. Im just saying. I think alot of people would love it. Just like me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is super easy to understand and can really help new ipod owners just like me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an easy way to quickly figure out how to use the iPod without having to hope your search gets you to the right topic. Easy to ready, great pictures to follow, if you need a quick reference when you need to figure out how to do something fast-- this is it. Worth every penny. Less than the cost of 15 apps and you know you have way more than that already!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought the book in a store for reference for myself and as a learning tool for my wife. Book has simple examples. Very handy for newbies; ok for experienced Mac users
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice to have for an easy reference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great reference book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I needed to have instructions available as I trying to do things on my ipod and not have to switch from Itunes and a help screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to the IPod and this book walked me through the steps of beginners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What r u guys talking about ipods r the easyest things to figure out
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