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

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What's in the Settings Menu

The Settings menu has more than a dozen options for tailoring your iPod's look and sound.

  • About. Look here for your iPod's serial number; the number of songs, videos, and photos on it; your model's hard drive size; and how much free disk space is left. Click the center button to see all three screens of info.

  • Shuffle. Turn this feature on to shuffle songs or albums.

  • Repeat. Repeat One plays the current song over and over; Repeat All repeats the current album, playlist, or song library.

  • EQ. Apply more than 20 different equalizer presets for acoustic, classical, hip hop, and other types of music. Chapter 5 has more on equalization.

  • Sound Check. Turning on Sound Check helps level out songs of differing volumes. Chapter 5 has more info.

  • Volume Limit. Keep your (or your child's) eardrums from melting by setting a maximum volume limit—and locking it.

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  • Audio Crossfade. On the Nano, turning this setting on means never having to hear a gap between songs as the iPod fades out of one tune and into the next.

  • Audiobooks. This setting lets you speed up or slow down the narrator's voice.

  • Shake. Put this setting to Shuffle on the Nano. Then give it a gentle shake the next time you're playing a song and want to change randomly to another track. The Nano emits a booping tone and serves up a new tune.

  • Energy Saver. This feature turns off the Nano's screen if you're not currently pressing ...

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