July 25, 2003
"iPod: The Missing Manual": Unleash the Secrets of Apple's Pocket Virtuoso
Sebastopol, CA--The iPod is the world's bestselling music player, but
if you think that it's just a music player, then you probably think
Clark Kent is just a newspaperman. Gleaming in white and chrome,
slightly larger than a deck of cards, an iPod has anywhere from five to
thirty gigabytes of storage depending on the version, with each new
generation offering slimmer lines, more storage, and fancier features.
The beauty of the iPod is that even the original Macintosh-only model,
unleashed by Apple in 2001, held 1,000 average-length pop songs--far
more than the typical MP3 player. Add iTunes, Apple's jukebox software
for the Mac, and you can create mixes and musical collections as unique
as snowflakes. With the 2002 Windows version, and MusicMatch software,
Windows users joined the family of iPod owners. But unbeknownst to many
users, music playing isn't the only tune the iPod knows. To discover
the full range of this little device, you'll need iPod: The Missing
Manual (Biersdorfer, O'Reilly, US $24.95), the book that should have
been in the box.
In "iPod: The Missing Manual," "New York Times" tech columnist J. D.
Biersdorfer opens the secret doors of this gleaming beauty. She lays
bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts
iPod as PDA. The iPod can suck in your calendar, address book, to-do
list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of
a button. It also doubles as an alarm clock and stopwatch.
iPod as hard drive. Hook up your iPod to your Mac or Windows machine
where it shows up as a disk. Use it to copy, back up, or transfer
gigantic files from place to place--at immense rates of transfer
iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of
displaying and scrolling through recipes, driving directions, book
pages, and even web pages.
iPod as GameBoy. Well, not a Gameboy exactly. But the three built-in
video-style games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus
rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
"iPod: The Missing Manual" is much more than it seems, too. It not only
covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the
super-slim 2003 series, it's also the ultimate guide to iTunes,
MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, and even the new iTunes Music Store.
No matter what kind of music moves you, "iPod: The Missing Manual" will
help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it.
iPod: The Missing Manual
ISBN 0-596-00477-x, 331 pages, $24.95 US, $38.95 CA, 17.50 UK
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