April 11, 2005
"iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Third Edition": Making Your iPod Do More Than You Thought Possible
Sebastopol, CA--"You know how Macintosh computers inspire such emotional
attachment from their fans?" asks author and "New York Times" tech
columnist J. D. Biersdorfer. "The iPod inspires similar devotion: iPod web
sites, iPod shareware add-ons, an iPod accessory industry--in short, the
invasion of the iPod People." But conspicuously absent from this profusion
of iPod gear is an iPod manual. Thankfully, for Podlings everywhere--or
anyone about to become one--there's iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual,
Third Edition, (O'Reilly, US $24.95), written by Biersdorfer and edited
by Missing Manual series creator David Pogue.
For getting much more out of an iPod, as well as putting much more into
it, this newly updated edition blows open the secret doors of the
chrome-and-white beauty and its many siblings, including the iPod Mini,
iPod Photo, and the tiny iPod Shuffle. "This book is one-stop shopping for
iPod reference and information," promises Biersdorfer. "It takes you on a
joyride through the iPod subculture. And it guides you through all the
cool musical and nonmusical things you can do with your iPod, from looking
up phone numbers to checking the weather report. You'll also find heaping
helpings of the Three T's: tips, tricks, and troubleshooting."
Both geek obsession and fashion statement, the iPod can be many things to
many people. With humor and authority, Biersdorfer lays bare an
astonishing collection of iPod secrets and shortcuts like these:
iPod as PalmPilot: The iPod can become a handy personal organizer by
sucking in the calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or
PC and then displaying them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as
an alarm clock and sleep timer.
iPod as eBook: The pocket-sized iPod makes an excellent electronic book
reader, capable of displaying and scrolling through recipes, driving
directions, book chapters, and even web pages.
iPod as GameBoy: While it's not exactly a GameBoy, the iPod's games are
perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and lines at the DMV.
iPod as hard drive: An iPod can serve as an external drive to be used for
copying, backing up, or transferring gigantic files from place to place.
Totally up to date and covering all iPod models for both Mac and Windows,
iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Third Edition is the ultimate guide
to the iTunes software, the iTunes Music store for both Mac and Windows,
and the online world of iPod People.
Praise for the previous edition:
"The book's troubleshooting section and index is especially good, the
latter organized by menu (iTunes' File Menu, Edit Menu, and so on), which
helps you get to the heart of matters quickly."
--George Meyers Jr., Columbus Dispatch
"...as is usually the case with the Missing Manual series, this edition is
another go-to source for getting the most out of your hardware and
software without a huge time investment."
--Chris Mace, MacDirectory
"If you're wondering whether it's worth buying if you don't use Mac OS or
if you have an older iPod, rest assured--coverage of all the different
iPods is included, and there's material on both versions of iTunes, as
well as MusicMatch for Windows...For most iPod owners...this book is a
great and inexpensive way to get the most out of your new best friend (as
long as your new best friend happens to be an iPod)." Rating: 9/10
--Emma Story, Slashdot
Further reviews of iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual can be found here.
iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
ISBN: 0-596-00877-5, 402 pages, $24.95 US, $34.95 CA
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