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Press Release: March 28, 2006

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition: Audio & Video iPod Owners Get Tips & Tricks

Sebastopol, CA-- "The tiny square pamphlet that Apple includes with each artfully designed iPod package is enough to get your iPod up and running, charged, and ready to download music," says J. D. Biersdorfer, technology Q&A columnist for the New York Times. "But if you want to know more about how the iPod works, all the great things it can do, and where to find its secret features, the official pamphlet is skimpy in the extreme." J.D. remedies the situation by delivering the full, fun, and freshly updated iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition (O'Reilly, US $24.99) for getting the very most out of the multimedia iPod experience.

There's something for every iPod enthusiast in this fourth edition--including tips and trick for video iPod. From meeting the iPod for the first time (using the click wheel, navigating the menus, cleaning the fingerprint magnet, and more) to getting to know the software (getting acquainted with podworthy file formats, playing with iTunes, and podcasting) to extreme iPodding (investigating shareware and gadgets, troubleshooting, and finding software updates).

Covering the Mac and PC platform and iTunes version 6--and including the mini but mighty iPod Shuffle--this essential guidebook explains all the cool musical and nonmusical things to do with an iPod, from looking up phone numbers to checking the weather report. Tips, tricks, and shortcuts include:

  • iPod as portable stereo: iPods are happy to share their tunes with the home stereo. Move from ear buds to speakers with little more than a cheap cable.
  • iPod as video player: Video iPod owners are liberated from the couch! They'll learn how to find and play TV shows, music videos, and more.
  • iPod as photo album: The color screen iPods now serve as portable picture frames. This book shows readers how to whip up fancy slideshows and even display them on a TV.
  • iPod as external drive: Hook the iPod up to a Mac or Windows machine and use it to copy, back up, or transfer files.
  • iPod as Palm Pilot: The iPod can suck in the calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as alarm clock and sleep timer.
  • iPod as GameBoy: The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Additional Resources:

    iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition
    J. D. Biersdorfer, Edited by David Pogue
    ISBN: 0-596-52675-X, 336 pages, $24.99 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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