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- Put on the headphones and crank up the action! Here's the one and only, ultimate guide for music junkies looking to squeeze every possible bit of potential from their beloved iPods, both Mac and Windows versions
- Legendary Mac maven Scott Knaster shares more than 100 hacks, tweaks, and mods that unlock both the musical and non-musical tricks in the iPod's repertoire
- Since iPod is the constant companion of music lovers everywhere, they'll groove to the discovery of how to make it download headlines, stock quotes, even driving directions; become a Bluetooth transmitter; or run Linux-and that's before they learn to create and play adventure games with it
- In this latest offering from ExtremeTech, readers learn to tweak Gracenote CDDB in iTunes, hack their own iTunes music library and album covers, and more
- According to Apple's research, an iPod is sold nearly every thirty seconds
- iTunes owns digital music-more than eighty percent of legal music downloads, over seventeen million songs, have come from iTunes since its launch
About the Author
Scott Knaster is a legendary Mac hacker with a number of books to his credit, including Macintosh Programming Secrets, which has achieved cult status among Mac programmers. He is the coauthor of Mac Toys, also published by Wiley, and the proud owner of several hacked iPods and every issue of Mad magazine.
Table of Contents
Part I: Hacking iPod.
Chapter 1: Sounds Awesome: Music on Your iPod.
Chapter 2: More Than Music.
Chapter 3:Way Beyond the Music: Hardware.
Chapter 4:Way Beyond the Music: Software.
Part II: Hacking iTunes.
Chapter 5: Play with Your Music.
Chapter 6: Extreme Music Playing.
Chapter 7: iTunes and Hardware.
Chapter 8: Music In.
Chapter 9: Music Out: Burning and Beyond.
Chapter 10: Music Library: Check it Out.
Chapter 11: iTunes Music Store.
Part III: Appendices.
Appendix A: iPod Note Reader.
Appendix B:Where to Find More Information.
Appendix C: iPod and iTunes Version History.
Appendix D: iTunes Library XML Format.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book, really helpful in getting the most out of your iPod. Shows some neat tweeks for iTunes as well. Covers the basics of how to setup your iPod with iTunes and begin downloading music, to the more complicated things like inputting your calendar and contact info into your iPod. Well worth the money in my opinion.
Steve Jobs and Apple have a consistent genius for providing a cool technological tool that quickly represents a zeitgeist. Most recently exemplified by the iPod. This deceptively little wearable gadget is the subject of half the book. The other half concerns iTunes, which is almost as popular. Knaster takes you beyond the official Apple-sanctioned capabilities. He shows how to do such fundamental actions as overwrite the operating system of the iPod with linux. You can't get more basic than that! Potentially, this opens up the iPod hardware to anything a linux programmer can dream and implement. Taking full advantage of the open source movement. Of all the things Knaster discusses, this is the most important. The other tasks are nice, but very specific. This linux installation is open ended. If you are indeed a skilled programmer, check carefully this part of the book. Maybe there is something novel you can design.