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

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Chapter 3. Touring the Touch

Traditional iPods may have their wheels and buttons, but the iPod Touch brings a whole new level of control to your fingertips. In fact, your fingertips are the way you control the functions on this very special iPod. Instead of scrolling and clicking through menu after menu, the iPod Touch gives you a set of icons on its Home screen. Tap one and you instantly drop into the place you want to be—whether it's on the Web, amongst your favorite tunes, or in your photo collection.

The Touch comes preloaded with colorful little programs to let you keep tabs on the weather, the stock market, and even your email. But you're not limited to the standard-issue software—thanks to the iTunes App Store, you can turn this iPod into a personalized little pocket computer with its own games, utility programs, ebooks, and more.

This chapter gives you a close-up look at where to find everything on your iPod Touch, and how to customize it to your own personal preferences. And, because playing music on this iPod is truly a hands-on experience, you'll learn everything you need to get your tunes cranked up and responding to your every tap.

Turn iPod Touch On and Off

The iPod Touch has only three physical buttons on the outside. The Sleep/Wake button is the skinny black one on the Touch's top-left edge.

Pressing this tiny sliver of a button once puts the Touch to sleep—that is, into Standby mode. Pressing it again turns on the screen, so it's ready for action.

This small button also ...

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