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iPod : the missing manual
Biersdorfer, J. D.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, CA ; Farnham : Pogue Press/O'Reilly, [2003]

Physical Description:
x, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Covers 2003 iPods & the iTunes Music Store"--Cover.

"Juiciest secrets of Apple's pocket virtuoso"--Cover.

Includes index.
Corporate Subject:
Format :


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Material Type
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MT723 .B54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
MT723 .B54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman.In this book, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts like these:

iPod as PalmPilot. The iPod can suck in your 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 an alarm clock and stopwatch. iPod as hard drive. You can use your iPod to carry gigantic files from place to place. iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of scrolling through recipes, driving directions, and even Web pages. iPod as GameBoy. The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. iPod: The Missing Manual is much more than it seems, too. It not only covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the super-slim 2003 series, it's also the ultimate guide to iTunes, MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, and even the new iTunes Music Store.No matter what kind of music moves you, iPod: The Missing Manual will help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it.

Author Notes

J.D. Biersdorfer writes the weekly Q & A column for the Circuits section of the New York Times
David Pogue is the creator of the Missing Manual series and the technology-review columnist for the Times

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Is an iPod?p. 1
The iPod Familyp. 3
What You Need to iPodp. 4
Mac vs. Windows iPodsp. 4
About This Bookp. 5
About MissingManuals.comp. 6
The Very Basicsp. 7
Part 1 iPod: The Hardware
Chapter 1 Meet the iPodp. 11
Parts of the Podp. 11
Charging the Batteryp. 16
Earphones, Apple's or Otherwisep. 20
The Remote Controlp. 21
The Casep. 22
The iPod Menusp. 22
Chapter 2 The iPod Sync Connectionp. 35
FireWirep. 35
Installing a FireWire Cardp. 37
USB 2.0p. 39
The iPod Software CDp. 41
Your Very First Syncp. 43
The Unspeakable Act: iPod-to-Computer Copyingp. 51
Part 2 iPod: The Software
Chapter 3 Digital Audio Formatsp. 61
Introduction to Digital Audiop. 61
Other Podworthy File Formatsp. 65
Bit Ratesp. 69
Free (and Legal) Music on the Webp. 71
Chapter 4 iTunes for the Macintoshp. 73
Introduction to iTunesp. 73
A Quick Tourp. 75
Ripping CDs into iTunesp. 78
Importing Other Music Files into iTunesp. 85
Deleting Songsp. 86
Playing Musicp. 87
iTunes Administrationp. 91
Internet Radiop. 97
Playlistsp. 98
Burning a CD or DVDp. 101
Playing Songs Across a Networkp. 104
Chapter 5 MusicMatch Jukebox for Windowsp. 109
Introduction to MusicMatchp. 109
A Quick Tourp. 110
Ripping CDs into MusicMatchp. 113
Importing Other Music Files into MusicMatchp. 118
Deleting Songsp. 119
Playing Musicp. 120
MusicMatch Administrationp. 124
Internet Radiop. 127
Playlistsp. 127
Burning CDsp. 132
Chapter 6 The iTunes Music Storep. 135
Welcome to the Music Storep. 135
A Store Tourp. 136
Searching and Shoppingp. 139
What to Do with Music You've Boughtp. 144
Music Store Billingp. 148
The iTunes Music Store Songp. 149
Part 3 Beyond the Music
Chapter 7 iPod as Address Bookp. 155
Introduction to the iPod Address Bookp. 155
Transferring Contacts to the iPodp. 157
Copying Contacts from Windowsp. 158
Copying Contacts from the Macintoshp. 162
Manually Deleting Contactsp. 169
Address Book Settingsp. 169
Even More Organizer Sharewarep. 170
Chapter 8 iPod as Calendarp. 173
Preparing the iPodp. 173
Calendar Formats for the iPodp. 174
Calendars from iCal (Macintosh)p. 174
Calendars from Palm Desktop 4p. 178
Calendars from Microsoft Entourage Xp. 180
Calendars from Entourage 2001p. 181
Calendars from Microsoft Outlookp. 181
Calendars from Now Up-to-Date for Mac OS Xp. 183
Chapter 9 iPod Games and eBooksp. 185
Gamesp. 185
Notesp. 187
iPod as eBook: The Shareware Wayp. 189
Chapter 10 iSyncp. 195
The iSync Conceptp. 195
iSync Meets iPodp. 196
Chapter 11 The iPod as Hard Drivep. 201
The iPod's Hard Disk Formatp. 201
Turning the iPod into an External Hard Diskp. 203
Storing Data Files on the iPodp. 204
Deleting Data Filesp. 205
Unmounting the iPod Drivep. 206
The iPod as Startup Disk (Macs Only)p. 207
Part 4 Extreme iPodding
Chapter 12 Connecting the iPod to Other Audio Systemsp. 219
Connecting the iPod to a Stereo Systemp. 219
Connecting to a Car Stereop. 222
Connecting to the Computerp. 227
Chapter 13 Hot Hacks and Cool Toolsp. 229
The AppleScripted iPodp. 229
More Mac Sharewarep. 232
Linux on the iPodp. 234
Recording Your Own MP3sp. 236
Chapter 14 iStuffp. 241
Casesp. 241
Speakersp. 245
Standsp. 246
Power Adaptersp. 249
Battery Boostersp. 250
Chapter 15 Troubleshootingp. 253
The iPod's Self-Help Modesp. 253
iPod Hardware Problemsp. 258
Problems with Song Qualityp. 264
Problems with the Headphones or Remotep. 266
Macintosh Bluesp. 267
Windows Woesp. 270
Problems with the iTunes Music Storep. 274
Reinstalling and Updating the iPod's Softwarep. 278
Where to Get Help Onlinep. 283
Chapter 16 iPod on the Webp. 285
Points of Interest at Apple.comp. 285
Software Updates for iTunesp. 286
Software Updates for MusicMatch Jukebox Plusp. 287
Fun and Informative iPod Web Sitesp. 287
Part 5 Appendixes
Appendix A iTunes, Menu by Menup. 291
Application Menu (Mac OS X Only)p. 291
File Menup. 294
Edit Menup. 297
Controlsp. 298
Visualizerp. 299
Advancedp. 300
Windowp. 302
Helpp. 302
Keyboard Shortcutsp. 303
Appendix B MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, Menu by Menup. 307
File Menup. 307
Edit Menup. 309
Viewp. 310
Optionsp. 313
Helpp. 317
Keyboard Shortcutsp. 317