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iPod: The Missing Manual, 8th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 3. Touring the Touch

Traditional iPods may have their click 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 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 that’s on the Web, amongst your favorite tunes, or in your photo collection.

In addition, 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 this standard-issue software, either—thanks to the iTunes App Store, you can turn your 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 personal preferences. And, because playing music on this iPod is truly a hands-on experience, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get your tunes cranked up and responding to your every tap.

Turn the Touch On and Off

The iPod Touch has only three physical buttons on the outside of its case. The Sleep/Wake button is the skinny black one on the top-left edge (circled).

Press this tiny sliver of a button once to put the Touch to sleep—that is, into Standby mode. Press it again to turn the screen on, so it’s ready for ...

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