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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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What's in the Music Menu

In the Music menu you'll find a one-stop shopping center for your iPod's audio-related options, including tunes, audio books, and podcasts.

  • Cover Flow. A feature so cool, it gets its own page, over there on the right. (Only the Classic menu actually lists this item, as the Nano has its own shortcut to it.)

  • Genius. Instructions on how to use your iPod's very own mixmaster. Chapter 6 explains the genius of Genius in greater detail.

  • Playlists. A playlist is a customized list of songs you create. Chapter 6 has loads more info on creating playlists.

  • Artists. This menu groups every tune by the performer's name.

  • Albums. Your music, grouped by album.

  • Songs. All the songs on your iPod, listed alphabetically.

  • Genres. Your music, sorted by type: rock, rap, country, and so on.

  • Composers. Your music, grouped by songwriter.

  • Audiobooks. Your iPod's spoken-word content.

  • Search. When you have a ton of tunes and don't feel like scrolling through your collection, use the Search function to scroll-and-click the first few letters using a tiny onscreen keyboard. Songs that match pop up in their own list.

Even without using the Search function, the Music menu's sub-menus make it easy to find specific music. For example, to see a list of all songs on your iPod sorted by artist, select Artists from the Music menu. The next screen presents you with an alphabetical list of bands and singers.

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