iPod: The Missing Manual

iPod: The Missing Manual


$21.09 $24.95 Save 15% Current price is $21.09, Original price is $24.95. You Save 15%.
View All Available Formats & Editions


The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman.

In this book, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts like these:

  • iPod as PalmPilot. The iPod can suck in your calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as an alarm clock and stopwatch.

  • iPod as hard drive. You can use your iPod to carry gigantic files from place to place.

  • iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of scrolling through recipes, driving directions, and even Web pages.

  • iPod as GameBoy. The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

iPod: The Missing Manual is much more than it seems, too. It not only covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the super-slim 2003 series, it's also the ultimate guide to iTunes, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, and even the new iTunes Music Store.

No matter what kind of music moves you, iPod: The Missing Manual will help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596004774
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Series: Missing Manual Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

J.D Biersdorfer is the author of "iPod: The Missing Manual" and "The iPod Shuffle Fan Book," and is co-author of "The Internet: The Missing Manual" and of "Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition." She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998. She currently co-hosts the weekly NYT Tech Talk podcast and has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. She lives in New York City.

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Table of Contents

The Missing Credits


Chapter 1: Meet the iPod: Out of the Box and into Your Ears in 15 Minutes

Chapter 2: Bopping Around the iPod Classic, Nano, and Shuffle

Chapter 3: Touring the Touch

Chapter 4: iTunes Basics

Chapter 5: iTunes Power Moves

Chapter 6: The Power of Playlists

Chapter 7: Shop the iTunes Store

Chapter 8: Videos Everywhere

Chapter 9: Picturing Your Photos on the iPod

Chapter 10: The iPod as Personal Assistant

Chapter 11: iPod Touch(ing) the Web

Chapter 12: iPod Out Loud

Chapter 13: What to Do When the iPod Isn't Working Right

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

iPod: The Missing Manual 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I got a new Ipod Touch, and they don't come with a manual. It covers all the Ipods, and Itunes too. I would have preferred one that was just about the Touch, but this was all they had at the book store and I wanted something immediately. It is well written and organized, and was helpful. I have a Classic as well as the Touch - and it helped me figure out how to get all my covers on Itunes.There is a web site that is available for more help. I would have liked more coverage on file storage and reading/editing which has to be done with an App. Although the book was published not too long ago (7th Edition), it was not accurate with the Itunes interface. I don't know if that is because they were displaying the Mac version, and I have a PC or it it had changed.I also wish they had talked about Mobile.Me.Still it was helpful and worthwhile.
cannellfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm just a casual user of my 30gig video iPod, and had run across a few things that I couldn't intuitively figure out how to do. I ran across this at the library and gave it a shot. I found the parts dealing with my particular equipment to be well-written and fairly clear, although I still had to do some experimentation to get my iPod to do what the instructions said it should do. The sections dealing with other technology (such as the iPod Touch) were extraneous to me, and therefore something of a waste in this book.Overall, this book did what I needed it to...it gave me a clearer picture of how to do basic stuff with a video iPod. But I'm still glad I checked it out for free from the library instead of paying for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ideasfor Thanks
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
() (][)::::::::::(||)============>
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
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
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
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
Nice to have for an easy reference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to the IPod and this book walked me through the steps of beginners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great reference book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What r u guys talking about ipods r the easyest things to figure out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago