Media praise for iPod: The Missing Manual

"...there is extensive coverage of the new iPod nano, which is Apple's fourth digital audio player combining features of both the iPod shuffle and iPod. Unlike previous iPods, the lack of the remote connector on the nano that is found on the top of many previous models means that a number of third-party accessories will not work with the iPod nano. This sort of information is covered in the book."
-- Amazon reviewer

"It won't take you long to read this book and it will give you enough elements to extract additional benefits from your Ipod. Time well spent."
-- Amazon reviewer

"And for the millions of iPod owners, you can't go wrong with iPod: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer (O'Reilly; Fifth Edition). Those familiar with her writing in The New York Times know she's got a sharp wit, which makes this particular manual fun to read as well as illuminating. "
-- Derek Pell, DingBat Magazine: The Monthly Review of Cool Tools

"For gorgeous production values and distilled introduction to the iPod, iPod: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition is splendid."
-- John Nemerovski,

"This edition is physically smaller in size, and more compact. With the full color tutorials & simple explanations, you can't go wrong. This is absolutely the best edition of this book to date. If you are getting someone an iPod for the holidays, or have one yourself, and want to expand your knowledge, this is the book to do it. rating: 5 out of 5"
-- Jonathan Cost,

"The book will point you to some resources you may not have known about, both online and on your own desktop. For example, how to find and delete duplicate songs. (I had lots.) Or how to safely move the iTunes folder on your hard drive, and options for burning different kinds of discs. You’re also introduced to sites like and"
-- Paul Baker, EducationPR

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"For extra help with the nano (or any iPod model), and to become a more advanced user, consider getting (or giving) a support book. One of my favorites is "iPod: The Missing Manual" (Fifth edition), by J.D. Biersdorfer, which is fresh off the press."
-- Linda Knapp, Seattle Times

"Apple should bundle this book with every iPod they sell. If you have an iPod and want to learn how to use it for more than just the very basics, I highly recommend reading this book"
-- Dave Walz-Burkett, Amazon Reviewer

"If you've recently received an iPod and thought "so I can play music, now what", this is a book you might want to pick up. It covers pretty much everything you might want to know about iPod ownership. The things I really liked about the book are the full color images, the clean look and the whole layout in general - very visually pleasing. Along with the nice visual aspects of the book, the content is readably simple and comprehensive. From every iPod feature to using iTunes to troubleshooting, this book has the information and/or references a number of web sites for even more iPod-related information. "
-- Eric Wuehler,

"The iPod started as a fairly simple device with few options available, but that has changed. Now there are multiple models and a myriad of new features and capabilities. As good as Apple is at creating an eye-pleasing, powerful device, the documentation is lacking. The iPod Missing Manual is a great book for beginners to understand the ins and outs of getting the most out of their little media players....Perhaps in the spirit the well known Apple aesthetics, this book is very well designed. The full color pages and layout of the book was enjoyable to read. I definitely recommend this title for novice and first timers to an iPod, or even new to a a next-generation model."
-- Jeremy Hall,

"iPod, the Missing Manual has had a makeover, and it’s looking sharp. The fifth edition of the popular iPod guide sports full color pages, a smaller trim size, and content that been substantially revised...Like the cover, the contents have an appealing new look. Abundant photos and graphics illuminate a streamlined text – most topics are covered on one or two pages. Topic titles are now at the top of pages, making it easy to thumb through and find just what you’re looking for. The large, clear iTunes screen shots and iPod menu illustrations are especially useful, as are photos of a sampling of Apple and third-party iPod add-ons.iPod, the Missing Manual is an ideal choice for iPod owners who want to get up to speed quickly with a minimum of tech talk. Very highly recommended."
-- Elsa Travisano, MUG ONE (Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY)

"For extra help with the nano (or any iPod model), and to become a more advanced user, consider getting (or giving) a support book. One of my favorites is iPod: The Missing Manual (Fifth edition), by J.D. Biersdorfer ($20), which is fresh off the press."
-- Linda Knapp, Seattle Times

"A complete no-nonsense guide to the use and enjoyment of all of the various iPod models. The author devotes one or two pages to all of the ways in which the iPod can be used for storing music, videos, pictures, e-books, data, and more. Each entry is clearly written and supported with full-color illustrations. This is a "must have" book for every iPod owner."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"It is immediately evident that iPod: The Missing Manual is not like other Missing Manuals. The format is different with most topics covered on one or two pages, with larger print and color images. It is more attractive than most Missing Manuals that I have read. iPod: The Missing Manual covers just about every iPod and iTunes topic in clear easy to understand language."
-- UG Member, Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group

"iPod and iTunes are some of Apple's most successful products: that said: it's amazing Apple hasn't provided its own easy guide for getting the most from an iPod. Here to remedy that lack is "iPod: The Missing Manual.""
-- Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch

"If you want to know more about that toy you just got for Christmas or take it more seriously as a useful tool, check out iPod: The Missing Manual (5th Ed.) If you value your iPod—and not just as a cool gadget--this book will serve as a great reference tool!"
-- Irv Haas, Applepickers

"If you got a new iPod for Christmas, it’s well worth your money to invest in this Missing Manual. In addition to being superbly helpful for getting the most out of your new iPod, it’s easy to read, and amusing. However, it seems to be aimed mostly at buyers of new Pods—if you have an older one, you might be better off looking on Amazon for the edition of the book that came out about the same time as your Pod since some things have changed in each version. The book will probably be cheaper, too! "
-- Brenda Boswell, ApplePress (Diablo Valley Macintosh Users Group)

"There’s a lot of hyperbole I could use to tell you about the book iPod: The Missing Manual, but I’m just going to be honest and straightforward. This book is fantastic...Biersdorfer gives some great tips for downloading music from the iTunes store and ripping it from CDs. But what makes this book a "must have" is that she not only clearly and succinctly explains the basic processes, but gives hundreds of “insider tips” such as how to manually manage your music, edit tunes (you don't have to listen to that five-minute drum solo each time you play a song), and improve sound with the graphic equalizer."
-- Nancy Dunham, Blogcritics Magazine

"Whether you’re a new iPod owner or simply want to learn more about the available goodies, I can’t recommend this book enough. The author has written an informative yet witty manual that is easy to understand with its large, sharp color screen shots and photographs, divided into useful chapters for quick reference. I can’t imagine ever wanting to create my own podcast, but I think I know better now than to say never. I do know that when I make that technological leap, iPod: The Missing Manual will be the perfect guide to help walk me through the process, step-by-step."
-- Lesley, Lesley's Book Nook

"I have never seen a manual for any program, hardware or OS which is anywhere close to this series in its helpfulness to the reader. Anyone other than the well trained techs can find this book valuable."
-- Ray Bowler, Vice President, Des Moines Macintosh User's Group

"Are you getting the most out of your iPod? If you're not, then this book is for you. Author J D Biersdorfer has done an outstanding job of writing a book that has easy to follow graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance of the most useful things your iPod can do."
-- John Vacca,

"iPod: The Missing Manual, 5th edition really is a resource you should have if you own any current model iPod and want to get the most out of it., and of course much of the instructional material will be relevant to earlier model iPods as well. At the new, lower price of twenty dollars, it's a better deal than ever. I have to concede once again that I lamented the passing of the classic Missing Manual look with this edition, but the attractiveness of its full color presentation compensates a fair bit, and while I'm partial to the more prolix and detailed text content of the previous editions, I'll concede that for the average iPod user, this slimmed-down approach makes sense and the book will be more likely to be referenced frequently than it would were it a thicker and more imposing tome."
-- Charles Moore, AppleLinks

"I just recently became an iPod owner, and while I have known how to use many of the features, this edition from the Missing Manual series has taught me so much more...If you are good with your iPod, it is most likely due to this manual."
-- Connie Wynn, Mouse Tracks, The Journal of the Portland MacIntosh Users Group

"Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
-- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post