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Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPodTM and iTunesTM (3rd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Brad Miser
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Since the inception of iTunes, the iPod (the best-selling portable digital music player), and iTunes Music Store (Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2003), Apple has taken the world of digital music by storm. The Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes, Third Edition, provides all the information that music and media fans need to get the most out of these amazing digital devices and tools. From the basics of listening to audio CDs to advanced customization of music on an iPod, this book equips even those who have never explored digital audio to master their digital music by using these awesome tools. The book covers both Windows and Macintosh platforms to reach the broadest possible audience. The book is organized into two major parts, with each focusing on an element of the iPod, and iTunes and finally a third part focusing on the iTunes Music Store. Along the way, it explains how all of these tools work together and shows readers how to get the most from them. It progresses from very basic topics in a logical manner to lead even absolute beginners on the path to musical mastery.

 

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Part I The iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1 Touring the iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2 Getting Started with an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

3 Controlling an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

4 Listening to Music on an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

5 Listening to Music on an iPod shuffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

6 Building an iPod’s Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

7 Using an iPod to Listen to and Watch Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

8 Using an iPod to Listen to Audiobooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

9 Using an iPod to Store and View Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

10 Using an iPod to Watch Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

11 Taking the iPod Further . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

12 Configuring an iPod to Suit Your Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

13 Maintaining an iPod and Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Part II iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

14 Touring iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

15 Getting Started with iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

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Since the inception of iTunes, the iPod (the best-selling portable digital music player), and iTunes Music Store (Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2003), Apple has taken the world of digital music by storm. The Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes, Third Edition, provides all the information that music and media fans need to get the most out of these amazing digital devices and tools. From the basics of listening to audio CDs to advanced customization of music on an iPod, this book equips even those who have never explored digital audio to master their digital music by using these awesome tools. The book covers both Windows and Macintosh platforms to reach the broadest possible audience. The book is organized into two major parts, with each focusing on an element of the iPod, and iTunes and finally a third part focusing on the iTunes Music Store. Along the way, it explains how all of these tools work together and shows readers how to get the most from them. It progresses from very basic topics in a logical manner to lead even absolute beginners on the path to musical mastery.

 

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Part I The iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1 Touring the iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2 Getting Started with an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

3 Controlling an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

4 Listening to Music on an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

5 Listening to Music on an iPod shuffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

6 Building an iPod’s Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

7 Using an iPod to Listen to and Watch Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

8 Using an iPod to Listen to Audiobooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

9 Using an iPod to Store and View Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

10 Using an iPod to Watch Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

11 Taking the iPod Further . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

12 Configuring an iPod to Suit Your Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

13 Maintaining an iPod and Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Part II iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

14 Touring iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

15 Getting Started with iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

16 Listening to Audio CDs and Internet Audio with iTunes . . . . . . . . . . 231

17 Building, Browsing, Searching, and Playing Your iTunes

Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

18 Labeling, Categorizing, and Configuring Your Music . . . . . . . . . . . . 279

19 Creating, Configuring, and Using Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

20 Subscribing to and Listening to Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329

21 Working with iTunes Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

22 Burning Your Own CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361

23 Sharing iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377

24 Maintaining iTunes and Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395

Part III The iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409

25 Touring the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411

26 Configuring iTunes for the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419

27 Shopping in the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435

28 Working with Purchased Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459

29 Solving iTunes Store Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 473

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479

About the Author

Brad Miser has written more than 25 books about computers and related technology,

with his favorite topics being anything that starts with a lowercase i, such as the

iPod and iTunes. In addition to Absolute Beginner’s Guide to iPod and iTunes, Third

Edition, Brad has written Mac User’s Guide to Living Wirelessly; Pimping Your Mac Mini;

Special Edition Using Mac OS X, Tiger; Special Edition Using Mac OS X, v10.3 Panther;

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling; Mac OS X and iLife: Using iTunes, iPhoto,

iMovie, and iDVD; iDVD 3 Fast & Easy; Special Edition Using Mac OS X v10.2; and Using

Mac OS 8.5. He has also been an author, a development editor, or a technical editor

on more than 50 other titles. He has written numerous articles in MacAddict magazine

and has been a featured speaker on various topics at Macworld Expo, at user

group meetings, and in other venues.

 

Brad is a solutions consultant, meaning that he helps customers understand how to

benefit from the software that the company he works for produces. Previously, he was

the director of product and customer services for a software development company

and the manager of education and support services for a different software company.

He was also the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a

development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test

officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in

mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis

Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering,

business, and other topics.

 

In addition to his passion for technology, Brad likes to ride his motorcycle whenever

and wherever possible. A native of California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with his wife, Amy;

their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; and a rabbit named Bun-Bun.

Brad would love to hear about your experiences with this book (the good, the bad,

and the ugly). Please visit his website at web.mac.com/bradmacosx/ to send an email

to him.

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 17782 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: QUE; 3 edition (December 21, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000P28WN0
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Comprehensive, "user friendly", and superbly organized, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes quite literally provides neophytes with easy access to all the informtion any dedicated music fan could possible need in order to get the most out of this new wave of digital music tools whether utilizing a Windows or Mac platform. From the basics of audio CDs, to advanced customizing of music on an iPod, Brad Miser's The Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes nicely equips even those who have never explored digital audio to master their digital music using these tools. If you have an iPod or iTunes, then this 408-page compendium is the ultimate reference for you!
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, well written, highly recommended December 10, 2004
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book to get a grasp on all the features of the fabulous Ipod. The author obviously has a good grasp in writing technical manuals. Well organized, easy to understand, bits of appropriate humor....this book will leave you with a great understanding of the workings of the Ipod, and well on your way to becoming a power user.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase September 7, 2007
Format:Paperback
Because of the reviews of others on Amazon I decided to take a look at this book and then I purchased it. Filled with tons of information. Easy to read, understand, explained well and enjoyable. You cannot go wrong with this book. I doubt even the inexperienced will have any problems using an iPod after reading this.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, and good index to boot January 2, 2008
By J Scott
Format:Paperback
The iPod is an intuitive device and most folks need only play with it to use most functions. The same thing is true for iTunes. It's when you have gone beyond the obvious and hit a snag or an annoyance that you find whether a reference is useful or not. This books does well at anticipating "second level" issues and provides good guidance. A good example is"compilations" which affects how you browse and hot music is organized. Through the index, I zeroed right in on how this works and setting it to my preference. I would recommend you start with this book whether an absolute beginner or just in need of a reference.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for old guys December 17, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am new to the ipod experience. All the kids have had them for sometime. I was confused on all the little details which now seem simple due to this easy to read and understand book. Recommend it to all.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good stuff for an IPod beginner May 12, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Easy to follow along with your ipod in hand. Everything that I wanted to know about getting up and running with my iPod, and quite enjoyable too
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide to Ipod January 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
I knew absolutely nothing about iTunes or iPods..... This book is excellent - it's helped me sort everything out. It's clear, written in as simple language as you get with anything to do with computers and what I really love is that my screen actually matches the illustrations in the book. I'd recommend it to anyone starting out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have June 9, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As with any other piece of hardware, you can blunder through, but after spending a lot for the i-pod, get a good guide, as thi is it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic is all
Try to get answers on any kind of problem and they aren't there, e.g., how do you reorganize the order of multiple discs (in an audiobook) when they show up out of order in iTunes? Read more
Published 19 months ago by John A. Lefcourte
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book.
Since I had never used iTunes and an iPoad before this is a very useful book. I don't use iTunes that often so it is good to go back and look up directions. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by John Ason
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod & iTunes
This book helped me see what my granddaughter did with oh-so-nimble fingers. Now I, too, can work my iPod!
Published on January 26, 2010 by Packie
3.0 out of 5 stars iPod help book
This book has a lot of good information but while I was waiting for it to be delivered I checked out Scott Kelby's "The iPod Book" from the library. I like Scott's much better. Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ev's Evaluations
I knew a little about computers from various jobs, but could not get my precious new iPod to work for me until I bought this book. Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by Evelyn Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars SO helpful
When you get tired of poking around, trying to find how to do it yourself, use this book! I've referred to it several times and it led me straight to what I wanted to do. Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by A. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Beginner's Guide
Not only is this a great book, but I e-mailed the author and he wrote back very quickly with an offer to help in any way. Read more
Published on February 5, 2009 by Karen J. Kosmoski
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my wife..
I purchased for my wife to better understand iPod and iTunes. She likes it, therefore I'm happy with it.. Nuff said..
Published on September 8, 2008 by Skip W.
5.0 out of 5 stars ipod
Everything you need to know and more. This should be include with the purchase of an IPOD
Published on November 13, 2007 by Gloria Boyce
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More About the Author

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being the amazing "i" devices, especially the iPhone and iPod touch, that make it possible to take our lives with us while we are on the move. Brad has written many books including: My iPhone, 6th Edition, including My iPod touch, 3rd Edition; Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion; Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes; and Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor for more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

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