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For the iPod's fifth anniversary, Newsweek technology writer and longtime Apple Computer enthusiast Levy (Insanely Great) offers a brightly written paean to "the most familiar, and certainly the most desirable, new object of the twenty-first century." Combining upbeat reportage about the device's origins and development with higher-minded ruminations about its place at "the center of just about every controversy in the digital age," he explores how the iPod "set the technology world, the business world, and especially the music industry on its head." Levy discusses its place in the "movement of portable cocooning" begun by the Sony Walkman, exploring how the ubiquitous white buds are affecting social connections. The book's in-no-particular-sequence chapters—intended to evoke the iPod's shuffle function—don't build much momentum, and there's more about Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his leaps over design and technical hurdles than the average user may need to know. But Levy's zeal and insider anecdotes ("I once found myself in a heated discussion with Bill Gates about the nature of cool") carry things along. Apple fans and iPod owners will enjoy Levy's exploration—and will probably forgive his gushing about the iPod's "universally celebrated, endlessly pleasing, devilishly functional, drop-dead gorgeous design." (Oct.)
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"Entertaining....[The Perfect Thing] does a handy job of crystallizing and commemorating the dawn of the iPod age."
-- 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 MonthlySee all Editorial Reviews
This book is out of date, but it still tells the story of the IPod, which really is fascinating.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 18 months 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