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Little iTunes Book, The (3rd Edition) (Little Book Series) Paperback – August 12, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0321223753 ISBN-10: 0321223756 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Little Book Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3 edition (August 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321223756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321223753
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,227,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

If you're a Mac user and an audio junkie, iTunes 4-with its brand-new iTunes Music Store-just might be the answer to your prayers: a digital music solution that lets you preview and download hundreds of thousands of songs for just a buck a piece, or an entire CD for just $10. Here to help you start making the most of all of iTunes' magic immediately-burning custom CDs and DVDs, adding music to your other iLife projects, sharing playlists, and more-is The Little iTunes Book, Third Edition. Proving once again that you don't have to be a computer whiz or an audio engineer to start making beautiful music with iTunes and a Mac, this completely revised volume provides a gentle introduction to Apple's wildly popular digital audio software as well as a thorough primer to all that's new in version 4: the fabulous iTunes Music Store, added search options, the ability to add and view album artwork, more efficient encoding, and more.

About the Author

Bob, "Dr. Mac," LeVitus is a well-known Macintosh columnist and noted speaker, as well as the author of more than 30 popular computer books, including The Little iDVD Book, Dr. Mac: The OS X Files and Mac Answers: 2nd Edition, and both previous editions of The Little iTunes Book. He is currently a computer columnist for the Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, and MacCentral.

More About the Author

Edward C. Baig is the Personal Technology columnist for USA TODAY and the author of Macs For Dummies, 10th Edition. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus pens the popular Dr. Mac column for the Houston Chronicle and is the author of Mac OS X® Snow Leopard For Dummies.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ann Savige on August 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Here is the dream documentation which seldom accompanies the software packages found on the market today. The software which is the subject of this volume is called iTunes, a free download from Apple.com. The inclusion of CD-RW drives on the latest models offered by Apple mandates that this book be written. Bob LeVitus is more than up to the task.
For those seeking help in the jungle of modern Mac computer technology, here's your chance. I was able to answer questions which have puzzled me for months regarding the manipulation of mp3, AIFF, WAV and CA-DA song files while using my Mac computer. Preparing CDs which I can use in my home entertainment center and my car makes for greater listening pleasure every day.
A touch of humor adds to the readability of this little 168 page gem. I feel certain that all serious Macophiles will want this book in their library, both for reference & for a good read.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2002
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With a program as automatic and intuitive as "iTunes" it's all too easy to provide gratuitous information at the expense of the genuinely useful. Far too often in this book I sense that the author's instructions to the user about "how" to do things are counterproductive to what the program practically forces you to do all by itself. Rather I would have preferred more explanation of "what" the program does. For example, music files used by iTunes appear in 3 places--the iTunes folder, the iTunes library, the user's playlist. But it still isn't clear to me what the exact distinction is among them. Also, since the program permits multiple compression settings as well as no compression, can a user decompress and recompress without affecting audio quality of a given file? And the author, like many Mac users, touts "Toast" but without clearly explaining the advantages of a relatively expensive software program that essentially duplicates iTunes. Then there are questions about whether to burn with virtual memory on or off, along with questions about how many files a hard drive can support before performance is affected, that are neglected or only partially addressed.
The author makes a few good points--for example, most web sites promising MP-3 downloads simply aren't worth the bother--but not enough to justify the cost of the book, especially now that both iTunes version one and Napster are history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Christensen on August 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! It took me out of an iTunes "fog" where I was never quite sure what I was doing into the "expert" realm where I am effectively functioning with a very large library of music. I can make playlists, rip songs, burn CDs, you name it! Thanks to Bob LeVitus for a great book! (Sorry, Apple, but your online help just didn't do it for me.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "yandfeng" on May 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Although this book is accurate only to version 1.x, it's still a great read. It's got some good web links, MP3 player recommendations, but most of all, it lists most functions and tells you what they're about.
Add to that a great dose of Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus humour, and you get an irresistable read.
Don't just judge this book by size. Every page on this book contains valuable information and good summarisations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By azcurt VINE VOICE on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group
I'm a manual kind of guy, by this I mean I actually read `em. Hardware and software manufacturers are not making manuals the way they once did. When you pay big bucks for something, you expect carefully researched and clearly written instructions and frequently these days, you don't get either. One of my hottest pet peeves is paying for nicely boxed software and getting only a CD with an onscreen manual. I paid more than a grand for my Mac and it came with a skimpy 48 page set-up guide. I had to pay another $30.00 for "The Missing Manual" (by Pogue Press/O'Reilly, a truly excellent resource, by-the-way) to get what I should have gotten in the first place.
Having grumped about all this, it's hard to fault Apple for not supplying an iTunes manual when they provide the application for free! iTunes is a fabulous, feature-rich application that I use every single day, but not all of its features are immediately obvious or apparent.
So, in comes Bob LeVitus to fill the voids. His "Little iTunes Book" is a goldmine of informational nuggets that will enhance your user experience and listening enjoyment. I've always liked LeVitus' writing, it's light-hearted but concise and to the point. The book is only a couple hundred pages and it's not something you sit down and read cover to cover. It's a reference book divided into logical topics - Burning CDs, Managing Playlists, Internet Radio, iPods, the Music Store and much more.
My only quibble is the author's assertion that downloading shared music from the internet without paying for it "may or may not be legal" and he devotes pages to the use of peer-to-peer networks. To my way of thinking, it is illegal without question. To be fair, he does agree that it is unfair to the artists.
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