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iPod and iTunes Portable Genius [Kindle Edition]

Jesse D. Hollington
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Get savvy advice and hip tips on making the most of your iPod and iTunes

The Portable Genius series is all about getting the most from your Apple-inspired digital lifestyle. You'll find important basics about setting up your iPod and iTunes plus troubleshooting tips, advice on customizing the iPod experience, and ways to take advantage of the coolest iPod and iTunes features. Hip and handy, this edition covers the latest version of iTunes and the iOS as well as tips and tricks that can also apply to your iPad and iPhone. Watch for the "Genius" icons and find smart, innovative ways to get more from your iPod and iTunes.

  • Shows beginners how to set up and use the iPod and iTunes
  • Offers plenty of intermediate-to-advanced information about troubleshooting, using scripts to maximize iTunes, managing content on AppleTV, and more
  • Easy to navigate, with "Genius" icons that mark smart or innovative ways to accomplish various tasks
  • Small and portable, packed with tips and techniques for the most-used features of iTunes and the App Store

iPod and iTunes Portable Genius, 3rd Edition saves you time and hassle by covering the things you most want to know.

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From the Back Cover

The Genius is in.

You don't have to be a genius to use iTunes or an iPod. But if you want to get the very most out of yours, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to stream your favorite shows from the iTunes cloud to your Apple TV? Use your iOS device as an iTunes remote? Get your own movies onto your iPod? Discover some great AppleScripts? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy your iPod and iTunes to the max.

Portable GENIUS

Fun, hip, and straightforward, the Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

About the Author

Jesse David Hollington is the Applications Editor for, a site about all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes. He covers iPhone and iPad applications, writes technical articles and tutorials, and pens a weekly Ask iLounge column responding to readers' questions.

Product Details

  • File Size: 22310 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070D844Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better start than most. May 25, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Despite the cover photo of a happy and geared-out IPod hip-hopper, this book begins where the others don't: with the question of library location; the iTunes hierarchy and unique, even counter-intuitive, method of organization; the moves the audio collector should make before going wild with the innumerable features of either the program or an iPod Touch 4g. As I struggle to get this potentially Frankensteinian monster under control, I read horror stories by other users who suddenly find that, thanks largely to Apple's iCloud (and perhaps others, such as Amazon's), a single music file has managed to "clone itself" into as many as 2000 "apparent" duplicates.

Unfortunately, the book doesn't go quite that far. There's no mention in the index, for instance, of "deduping," which many of us now realize is a priority, the challenge being one of finding an efficient and "safe" 3rd-party program that's faster than the two "deduping" methods that are built into the iTunes program.

For those of us who have entrusted iTunes not only with tens of thousands of downloaded Tunes and "ripped" CDs but with hundreds of hours of recorded audio--from FM broadcasts as well as the now-popular high-quality 24-bit personal digital audio recorders (e.g Zoom H2, Sony PCM-50, Tascam DR05)--the challenge of keeping files organized efficiently and safely--on hard-drives and in the Cloud--is one requiring an understanding of iTunes architecture, its default methods and optional overrides, the hypothetical and actual consequences of each decision made by the user.

Whereas it was formerly (i.e "pre-iCloud") a no-brainer to burn playlists to CD, iTunes now forbids it in instances where the playlist contains a mix of iTunes and non-iTunes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for people new to iTunes October 8, 2012
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This thick book is well-organized and makes a good reference for people who are already pretty familiar with iTunes and iPods. I probably would give it 3 stars for them, though.

For people who are not already familiar with iTunes and with integrating it with your iPod, this book is detailed and descriptive and quite helpful.

I love Apple products, but I don't always find them terribly intuitive to use (I know that practically heretical to say!) Most things seem to *become* intuitive after finally discovering either that you can do something, or figuring out how. It's that in-between stage, where "everything seems so easy for people who already know it but wow, I can't figure it out myself" that is frustrating, and this book is very helpful in that.

I found myself mentioning a couple of things that I was thrilled to learn to my family, and most of the time they stared at me and said, "I could have told you THAT." <sigh>
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iPod & iTunes portable genus indeed. March 18, 2012
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I have worked in the technology field for many years and I am a technology geek in operating systems and networking. While I have an iPod i have never really explored it's complete functionality. It has always been one of those things on the back burner.

What Jessie David Hollington has here is put together is a real go to guide for iPod and iTunes. Most of the book is spent covering iTunes, managing you library's, pod casts downloading content, using playlists, editing your own music, mixing music converting video. There are some chapters on the iPod like iPod management, synchronizing calendar and contacts. To a lesser extent Apple tv is covered. but the focus of this book is really more about the software as it should be.

The book covers more then 100 subjects related to the iPod and iTunes. The book is very well written. Each subject is covered concisely but detailed. There are some nice screen shots that work well and give you just what you need with out wasting space. The book is filled with sidebars like Note which inform the reader what the software can't do in certain conditions. The Genius sidebars which are quick tips for performing the more basic tasks in iTunes.

This book is so much more then I expected and gave me a new appreciation for the robustness of the iTunes software and the many task oriented tools that are available. It walks you through the tasks step by step.

The chronological layout of iPod & iTunes portable genius make perfect sense. The book is well written. The full color is nice and the paper stock is of good semi gloss finish. This is the third edition but my first experience with this book I was really impressed with this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right for Newbies March 22, 2012
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I think this book is great for it's niche. People who are new to iTunes, or need an old-school reference guide with new-school bells and whistles (screenshots, 'Genius Tips,' and extra content) will love this book. My hubs is an Apple maniac, and even he liked learning a few new tricks to try with our AppleTV. And I liked figuring out some of the advanced features, optimizations I didn't even know about. (I had no idea I could add lyrics to songs. And don't even get me started about Smart Playlists and how I can create track lists based on customized criteria.)

If you're a hardcore iPhone, iTunes, iPad, AppleTV/user (as we are), then Portable Genius is an excellent setup and troubleshooting guide. Thick as a novel, it's substantive, but the content's organized so well, it's easy to use. There's a detailed index, table of contents, and quick read bullet points in the chapters. The best compliment I can give it is to call it the iBible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The only place you will find this sort of in depth information
After you get just beyond the basics of loading some music and listening on your system, the other aspects of using all the available functionality provided rapidly becomes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MROJERRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Manual for Intermediate Level Users of iTunes
I hate iTunes. It's buggy, slow, and almost impossible to manage and use on a regular basis. But if you want to use one of those spiffy Apple iDevices you HAVE to install the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Strategos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those who are new to ipods and to those who arent!
I have owned an ipod for over 10 years. In that time i have owned several different types and at one time, i wouldve considered myself pretty savvy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars ipod & itunes
it was very helpful and can be used by any one that has a devise with the same software. great!
Published 17 months ago by ron calahan
5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea...
I had no idea that the iPod was so complex! There are more possibilities with the new generations than I can imagine. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Morgaine Swann, H.Ps.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
A useful resources for all users of ipod, mac and all apple products. Clearly written and easy to understand.I recommend it to all people with ipods.
Published 20 months ago by N
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate iTunes Guide: Great
One of the cool things about the Mac, which has been true since the dawn of time, is that you don't need to read a phone-book sized manual to start using it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Paige Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars All about iTunes
My sister just got a new Ipod, and I let her read and use this book. She is a tech writer, so I wanted to get her opinion. So far so good, she said. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by K. Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars An iTunes Genius at the ready!
I love these portable genius books by Wiley, they really do Apple products proud and provide all the handy tid-bits you need to know about your iPod device and iTunes integration,... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Diana De Avila
4.0 out of 5 stars Good into, references, index.... bad choice of colors
It is a great feature to have an IPOD and ITUNEs book to learn the navigation process through Itunes. Most often, people learn through trial and error. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by ⚫ RIZZO ⚫
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More About the Author

Jesse David Hollington is the applications editor for, a site about all things iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes, where he writes a variety of technical articles, tutorials and reviews as well as penning their weekly "Ask iLounge" column. He also serves as an administrator of the iLounge Discussion Forums, where he regularly provides support and assistance to many iPod and iTunes users.

Outside of the world of iPods, Jesse is self-employed as an IT Consultant working in the networking technology, identity management and collaborative services field and in his spare time is also an officer in the Canadian Forces Reserve working with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

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