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iPod and iTunes Portable Genius 3rd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118166284
ISBN-10: 1118166280
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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 iLounge.com, 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118166280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118166284
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
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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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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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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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This is a pretty comprehensive book for basics of itunes and ipod but it didnt give me the more advanced tips I was hoping for. Perhaps it is not just the book but the fact that itunes is not at all the user friendly item that it actually should be based on the history of Apple products and their reputation for general ease of use for even the complete novice. I am a very big fan of the products made by Apple but itunes has been generally like the old computer printers. It causes more problems for me than anything else I ever use and no amount of time studying gives me the confidence that next time it will be easier. I needed so much more than this.
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