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iPod: The Missing Manual Paperback – November 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596514914 ISBN-10: 0596514913 Edition: Sixth Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Sixth Edition edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514914
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

With iPod touch, Apple's sleek little entertainment center has entered a whole new realm, and the ultimate iPod book is ready to take you on a complete guided tour. As breathtaking and satisfying as its subject, iPod: The Missing Manual gives you a no-nonsense view of everything in the "sixth generation" iPod line. Learn what you can do with iPod Touch and its multi-touch interface, 3.5-inch widescreen display and Wi-Fi browsing capabilities. Get to know the redesigned iPod Nano with its larger display and video storage capacity. It's all right here. The 6th edition sports easy-to-follow color graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance on the most useful things your iPod can do. Topics include: Out of the box and into your ears. Learn how to install iTunes, load music on your iPod, and get rid of that dang flashing "Do not disconnect" message. Bopping around the iPod. Whether you've got a tiny Shuffle, a Nano, the Classic, or the new Touch, you'll learn everything from turning your iPod off and on to charging your iPod without a computer. Special coverage for iPod owners with trickster friends: How to reset the iPod's menus to English if they've been changed to, say, Korean. In tune with iTunes. iTunes can do far more than your father's jukebox. Learn how to pick and choose which parts of your iTunes library loads onto your iPod, how to move your sacred iTunes Folder to a bigger hard drive, and how to add album covers to your growing collection. The power of the 'Pod. Download movies and TV shows, play photo slideshows, find cool podcasts, and more: this book shows you how to unleash all your iPod's power. iPod is simply the best music player available, and this is the manual that should have come with it.

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VIP Tips and Tricks for iPod Users
iTunes Store Tip: Future Shopping
Many people use Amazon’s Wish List feature for tagging items they want to remember to buy at a later date--and you can do the same thing with music and videos for sale in the iTunes Store. To get started, make a new playlist in iTunes by pressing Control-N on Windows or Command-N on a Mac. Name the new playlist "Wish List" or something memorable like "My Next Paycheck." If you want to keep it extra handy (and on top of all your other playlists), add an "@" symbol to the beginning of the name so the wish list stays on top of the alphabetical pile of playlists in your iTunes window. When you browse the Store later and find a song or video you want to eventually buy, drag its 30-second preview snippet right out of the iTunes Store window and onto the new wish-list playlist you made. Those 30-second snippets will hang out there as a reminder that you want to buy the song or video; if you change your mind, select the track and hit the Delete key to remove it. But if you do want to follow through and make the purchase, you just have to click that big BUY SONG or BUY EPISODE button next to the title to get transported back into the Store to seal the deal.

iPod Audio Book Tip: Adjusting the Speed of the Read
The iPod is great for listening to audio books, and both Audible.com and the iTunes Store offer thousands of them for sale. But if you find a particular book’s narrator is talking too slow or too fast for your personal liking, you can adjust the pace of the reading. Just go to the Settings menu on the main iPod menu screen and select Audiobooks. On the next screen, you can opt to make the playback speed slower or faster than normal. And you can do this without affecting the pitch of the voice and making it sound either like the book is being read underwater or recited by a chipmunk. If you want to adjust the playback speed while you’re listening to the audio book file itself, press the iPod’s center button a few times. On most models, the audio book speed controls will appear on screen after a few taps and you can change your reading speed on the fly.

iTunes Tip: Grooving Out with the Visualizer
If you’ve been working hard all day and want to take a little music break at your desk, give your eyeballs and treat and let your mind wander with the iTunes Visualizer. This swirling laser-light show is built right into iTunes itself and you can turn it on by going to the View menu and choosing "Turn On Visualizer" (or by pressing Control-T in Windows or Command-T on a Mac keyboard). With the Visualizer turned on, choreographed bursts of color accompany your music as it plays. If you want to adjust the size of the Visualizer window — or even make it take over your full computer screen — pop into the iTunes preferences box by pressing Control-comma (Windows) or Command-comma (Mac). In the Preferences box, click the Advanced tab and choose the size of your visuals from the options at the bottom of the box, then click OK. And if you want to get even deeper into the Visualizer, press the question mark keys on the computer keyboard next time you’re chilling out to the light show. A hidden menu of other Visualizer configurations and commands appears on screen for you to play with.

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.

Customer Reviews

Well written and easy to understand.
Stuart F. Stowers
That said, I didn't realize I already knew most everything in this book.
S. Chopp
Very good book for the novice iPOD and itunes user.
L. Weidner

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By William J. Lauerman on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is a must for iPod users. Most uses are thought to be limited to music and/or audiobooks, but a review takes it beyond. This book closely ties in with iTunes. It also demonstrates its use for photos, videos, calendars, schedules, address book, clock and stop watch; plus games, portable hard drive and others. It clearly explains how to install, amend and delete an entire playlist, plus direct shopping the iTunes store. Its chapter on maintenance, battery charging and preservation alone is a must read for iPod owners.i
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
"IPod, the Missing Manual, Seventh Ed.," is an update and improvement of a book which has already distinguished itself for excellence in providing guidance for iPod users. It is one of Pogue Press's Missing Manual series which itself is a benchmark for computer books of its type. This edition of "iPod"covers the latest and greatest iPods, the iTunes software, and accessories for the iPod as well as further polishing the presentation formula of the "iPod Missing Manual" editions.

The book is lavishly produced in glossy paper and full-color graphics. There are graphics on nearly every page. The well-designed layout has nicely contrasting headings, body type, sidebars, and illustrations, which make it easy to read and understand the well-written material. The content is covered thoroughly and comprehensively. It covers nearly everything an iPod user needs to know to utilize the machine to its fullest, from using the iPod within minutes out of the box, to learning all of the applications, menus, synching options, and connection options to the Internet. The ending chapter discusses troubleshooting.

There are chapters devoted to each function of the iPod - music, photos, videos, productivity applications, games, and Web access and e-mail (for the Touch). Throughout there are useful and interesting Notes and Tips. The book covers all of the current iPod models - Mac and PC -and highlights recommended connection hardware for using the iPod with a TV, external speakers, radio, streaming over wireless devices, and in the car.

Much of the newer content deals with the iPod's flagship, the Touch, which supports Web surfing, e-mail, and numerous third-party applications available for downloading from the Apple Store.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
'iPod: The Missing Manual' by Jude Biersdorfer is the perfect reference for all iPod fans, users, and geeks alike. With nearly 300 pages of material spread out over 13 chapters, you will learn all the ins and outs of your iPod and iTunes better than ever before!! From the basics like general usage of your iPod to learning how to use iTunes to import music and add to your library to creating playlists and working with photos and videos, this truly is a gem. Now in its 9th!!! edition, this newest iPod book covers the newest iPods and iTunes 10, and it describes what makes these newest generation players so amazing!! Full color, glossy paper, wonderful content and a size that fits perfectly in your hand (yes this DOES make a difference), this is an absolute home run of a book by Pogue Press.

My only gripe with this book is that it seems to be updated a bit too often. I know every year there is a new iPod so that is what warrants the update, but I am not sure how much new stuff is really game-changing with the newest version.


If you want to get the most out of you iPod and/or iTunes and want to have fun doing so, pick up this wonderful sidekick to your Apple world and enjoy!!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Pat Whittle on December 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've owned about every other iPod model, now with an iPod Touch 2nd gen. A one point, I worked for Apple, so I'm an ardent consumer of most things Apple. I found this book a quick read (2 days), lighthearted, and full of good info. I've known most of the iPod features as well as iTunes. For me, this book was about the Touch.

I thought the quality of the paper and images were going to be poor, for the cover is sort of cheesy. I was wrong. The paper is a high quality matte that holds the sharp graphic images. The writing style is mostly straightforward with a little dry wit, consistent with Pogue's podcasts, which I also enjoy.

The first few chapters start a little slow, but I came into this book with an iPod-savvy background. Chapter 5, iTunes Power Moves, started sparking my interest. After so many years, a refresher is, well, refreshing, brushing up on my knowledge and seeing if there's anything new I may have overlooked as being useful for the way I presently using my tools/toys. For instance, there's a page about changing the song's file format. The iPod Touch doesn't support mp2 format, the encoding in which I found one of my music files to be.

Then there are the myriad of tricks and tips pertaining to the Touch, my primary interest. LOTS of valuable info. It really re-energized my interest in the device. He shows how to view lyrics as the music plays - something not possible in iTunes. It's a feature I really like and now use most of the time.

Other interesting chapters were 8 and 11. Chapter 8 is about getting video onto the device, video settings on iTunes and the Touch. Chapter 11, Surfing the Web, may have had the most new information for me. For instance, I learned that touching the top of the browser window brings you to the top (insta-scroll).
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After studying drama by day and working for the campus newspaper by night when I was at Indiana University, I moved to to New York on the Greyhound bus when I was 22, figuring I'd crash the theater and get a job right off as a prop tart making stuff for Broadway musicals. That didn't exactly work out, but I took a sideways bounce into the world of publishing. I've worked around the city at several magazines and now I write the weekly computer Q&A column for The New York Times.

I did make it to Broadway, though -- just hailed a cab there last night.