The Cult of the iPod

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Wired news editor Leander Kahney follows up his bestselling The Cult of Mac with The Cult of iPod, a comprehensive look at how Apple's hit iPod is changing music, culture, and listening behavior. The Cult of iPod includes the exclusive back story of the iPod's development; looks at the many ways iPod's users pay homage to their devices; and investigates the quirkier aspects of iPod culture, such as iPod-jacking (strangers plugging into each other's iPods to discover new music), as well as the growing legions of ...

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Overview

Wired news editor Leander Kahney follows up his bestselling The Cult of Mac with The Cult of iPod, a comprehensive look at how Apple's hit iPod is changing music, culture, and listening behavior. The Cult of iPod includes the exclusive back story of the iPod's development; looks at the many ways iPod's users pay homage to their devices; and investigates the quirkier aspects of iPod culture, such as iPod-jacking (strangers plugging into each other's iPods to discover new music), as well as the growing legions of MP3Js (regular folks who use their iPods to become DJs). Four-color throughout.

"Wired News" reporter Kahney follows up his bestselling "The Cult of Mac" with this comprehensive look at how Apple's hit iPod is changing music, culture, and listening.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270667
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Leander Kahney is an editor at Wired News, where his Cult of Mac blog is a reader favorite. Previously, Kahney covered Apple and the Mac community for Wired News. He treats his subjects with insight and humor and his experiences interacting with Mac fanatics and attending Mac events around the world are highly entertaining. Kahney's work introduces an element of warmth not usually associated with technology reporting.

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Table of Contents

1 iPods for all 7
2 New listening habits 19
3 A star is born : the making of the iPod 31
4 Spreading the word of iPod : runaway word-of-mouth 43
5 iPod, uPod, everybody Pod 65
6 Inspiring the imagination 91
7 Spend, spend, spend (on iPod accessories) 107
8 I want to hold your handheld : cultural impact 129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    MUSIC IN YOUR EARS!

    Are you an avid iPod user? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Leander Kahney, has written an outstanding book that examines the birth of iPod. Kahney, begins by describing the iPod's inauspicious introduction by non other than Steve Jobs. Then, he introduces the iPod's unacknowledged father, Tony Fadell. The author continues by looking at new listening habits, the revelatory joys at shuffle play, and how letting people peek at your music collection can ruin your image. In addition, he discusses iPod's runaway word of mouth, the emergence of homemade iPod ads, and celebrity users. The author also examines iPod culture. Then, the author looks at iPod homages from fans: the thousands of snaps of iPods in famous places the fantastic future devices fans design to show their wishes and desires and, iPod culture in New York as revealed by online personal ads. Next, he discusses iPodrepreneurs, ot iPod entrepreneurs, and the booming business of accessorizing the iPod. Finally, he wraps itup with a look at the cultural impact: how iPod is changing social snobbery on college campuses, and its impact at Microsoft. After reading this excellent book, you'll learn all about iPod's meteoric rise to fame, and the culture that has grown up around it. This book also details some of the fun things people do with their digital players and the homage they pay it.

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