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-- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"More than a tale about the birth of the iPod, this entertaining book is a twelve-horn hallelujah chorus celebrating how this 'perfect thing' is propelling music from the past into this century and beyond. Add it to your Readlist."
-- Kevin Kelly, former executive editor, Wired
"Wonderful....The Perfect Thing is a thoroughgoing treatment of the iPod from many different perspectives -- social, economic, technical, psychological -- packed with insights from one of the tech world's most astute observers."
-- Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Loads of fun, jammed with entertaining connections, unexpected riffs, and endless stuff you've never heard of before."
-- Kevin Drum, Washington Monthly
Great story about the vision of Steve Jobs and Apple, and how a company can aspire to great products.
And so, it's a very good book, even though I felt like an outsider as I read it (perhaps ironically, I read it on my Treo).
It's even rarer for me to read it all the way through with a smile pasted on my face the entire time.
This book is out of date, but it still tells the story of the IPod, which really is fascinating.
It is interesting also because it was written before the IPhone or... Read more
This is NOT a book...it's a full blown COMMERCIAL that tells us NOTHING about secrets of the I-Pod, or ways to use it or inside tricks at all...NOTHING of interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dennis
If I have one complaint about the Steve Jobs' biography from Walter Isaacson, it's that certain topics could be not covered in sufficient depth. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Phil Simon
The Perfect Thing covers the story of the Ipod as it was developed and released to the public. It looks not only at the business and the technology but also the sociological... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Lehigh History Student
This book is hardly academic, but it has a lot of fascinating data. It rambles and I love the narration in the audible.com version. The narrator's delivery is awesome. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Charlotte A. Hu
"The Perfect Thing" is a very light, shallow, but entertaining treatment of various aspects of the impact of the iPod product written by a "technology reporter" who does not seem... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by D.E. Wray
"The perfect thing" is everything about iPods. The author is Steven Levy, a technology journalist of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution fame. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Bas Vodde
Apple took off with the success of iPod in 2001. Before iPod, Apple was mainly popular among computer enthusiasts who were viewed by the general public as geeks. Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Mariusz Skonieczny
I have read Mr. Levy's book "Hackers" several times. I found the information he supplied regarding the early days of computing very entertaining and of interest to me. Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Marvin R. Doering