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'Style pundit and editor of GQ Dylan Jones certainly knows his stuff and writes with a lively style, and the appendices at the back are invaluable...potential playlists.' OBSERVER (13.3.06) '[you] could be hooked from Dylan Jones's first breathless prod at the upload, so insistent is his obsession.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (19.3.06) 'Jones is genuinely infatuated with the ipod. For the reader his enthusiasm is invigorating.' EVENING HERALD (25.3.06) 'The author hits just the right notes of humour and nostalgia in recreating the sights, sounds and trends of the 1970s and 1980s, as he takes us on a personal (and often painfully frank) trip through his youth, his career and the love of his life: music. Chock full of cultural history, gossip, celebrity anecdotes, this is an effortlessly entertaining treat.' -- Declan Cashin IRISH TIMES (3.6.06) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dylan Jones is the editor-in-chief of British GQ. A four time Magazine Editor of the Year award winner, he was formerly the editor of Arena and i-D. He has also been an editor at the Face, the Sunday Times and the Observer. His previous book, Jim Morrison: Dark Star, was a New York Times bestseller.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596910216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596910218
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,480,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
The disease of iPod addiction, as diagnosed by one enjoying his stay in the intensive (audial) care ward, a rock (music) junkie. I read this just after [I also reviewed these on Amazon], Leander Kahney's Cult of IPod and Simon Reynolds' Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84. All three recent books cover the past three decades from a young middle-aged writer's partially autobiographical perspective. They all mix at various levels the blends of pop music with corporate retail with experimental electronics-- as sold often by more of an individual and maverick creator to be treasureed by a self-identified subculture. Jones happens to be from his birthdate only a year off from me, so many of the trends, fashions, and musical trends of course proved familiar. Like Reynolds, he looks back on the past forty years of a life spent with music. Like Kahney, he seeks to uncover the impact of the IPod through a combination of personal experience and journalistic research.

Here, he purports to show how his new ability to compact the soundtrack of his life into a hand-held device, his encounters with the eras of glam, punk, disco, jazz, and a lot of classic and unclassifiable rock can all be plumbed for significance. He concludes that the iPod emerges as the most significant example within his memory of how technology influences content, or the consumption of content. A good thesis, but even in only a couple of hundred smallish pages with generous margins, the concision of this observation does not need such extended personal validation. The threads tying his initiation into the lair of the white box to all of the patterns from the rest of what he includes here as his life look unravelled and frayed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TMCOG on October 9, 2005
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This book must have been a struggle to write because it just does not contain enough interesting information to warrant it being book length. Yes, music is transformative and restorative in so many ways. We use songs as anchors to motivate and inspire us. Our musical memories are associative and connect us to so many events inn our lives. And iPods are great little devices that have become pop culture icons. This is probably the reason this book will sell some copies. I think it could have been a powerfully insightful essay, concise and poignant. As a book, it fluff. Boring, dull, poorly written fluff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bakari Chavanu VINE VOICE on October 5, 2005
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Like the author, I'm a big fan of iTunes and iPod because they both have rekindled my love for my music. Though the author and I have different tastes in music, I appreciate how he shares his love of music and the ways it has influenced his life. Jones is a lover of all forms of music, collecting more albums and CDs that most of us will do in a lifetime. In between these chapters about his own life, he chronicles the evolution of the iPod and how Steve Jobs and Apple have used it to bring about a real revolution in the music industry.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 4, 2005
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The iPod's ease and compact attraction to music lovers has moved it far from the realm of the computer geek, and author Dylan Jones explores this phenomenon in considering the music's effect on the ipod and visa versa. From the origins of the ipod idea by Steve Jobs to the latest phenomenon of 'podcasting', IPod, Therefore I Am: Thinking Inside The White Box is for any who would understand where the future of music is heading.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet Tokerud on September 28, 2005
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I'm an on and off again music fanatic and having bought a color iPod and an iPod nano in the last 60 days, I'm on a music jag at the moment. In this state, this book is like water to a very thirsty person in the desert. For me this is a page-turner. Really great personal insights and humor.
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