iPod & iTunes:
The Missing Manual
Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
Edited by David Pogue
Publisher: Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates, February, 2004
350 pages, $24.95
- What the Book is About
- This book shows users how to get
the most out of iPod and iTunes. It offers an astonishing collection of useful tips,
tricks, and shortcuts for using your iPod. Music lovers will also get an in-depth
tour of the iTunes application. Everything from importing music, creating play lists
to burning your CDs and DVDs including sharing music across a network. The new guide
covers iTunes for both Mac and Windows and the new iPod mini.
- Target Audience
- This informative 350 page how-to
book will guide both new and experienced users to utilize the capabilities of the
iPod, as well as the iTunes application, to the maximum. It provides not only thorough
coverage of topic for Mac-only users, but also includes detailed guidance for Windows
users as well as Mac OS 9 users. For Windows users, utilities that can be linked
with the iPod are explained as clearly as Mac utilities. This is not a supplemental
manual. It is a stand-alone reference that will walk the reader through simple language
and clear graphics how to utilize iPod as a PDA, a data storage unit, and even a
- What to Expect
- There are 5 sections of the book:
- Part One - iPod: The Hardware
- Part Two - iPod: The Software
- Part Three - Beyond the Music
- Part Four - Extreme iPodding
- Part Five - Appendixes
Part One - Chapters One and Two: This section begins to familiarize the reader
with the hardware. It includes pictures primarily of the 2003 iPod model as well
as the 2001 and 2002 models. Chapter Two of this section takes the reader through
their first synchronization and covers both platforms and will also guide you through
the unsupported act of "iPodóto-Computer" copying.
Part Two - Chapters Three thru Six: The Software begins with detailed information
on Digital Audio formats (MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF), and bit rates. The author in this
section includes a sidebar note on The Law of the Digital Music Land which
is an easily understood one-page legal summary. This chapter also includes a section
on Free and Legal Music on the web. The fourth chapter in the book covers
iTunes for the Macintosh and mainly focuses on iTunes 4, which only works with Mac
OS X 10.1.5 or later; there is also some information on earlier versions of iTunes.
The Fifth Chapter is strictly for Windows users and covers MusicMatch Jukebox (only
software available prior to iTunes for Windows release). The last chapter in this
section, Chapter Six, is focused on the iTunes Music Store.
Part Three- Chapters Seven thru Eleven: This section includes chapters
on using the iPodís Address Book, Calendar, Games, eBooks, and iSync. The information
is well detailed by the author with helpful screenshots. The last chapter in this
section, iPod as Hard Drive, details for both platforms how to use the iPod
for data storage. The chapter also contains information on how Macintosh users can
use the iPod as a Startup Disk.
Part Four- Chapter Twelve thru Sixteen: This section contains five
chapters and most readers will not want to miss Chapter 15, Troubleshooting the
iPod. Other items covered in this section include: Connecting to Other Audio
Systems, Hot Hacks and Cool Tools, iStuff for iPod, and iPod
on the Web. The book provides reference and information for both the Macintosh
and Windows platforms for all iPod models. The book guides you through all the cool
musical and nonmusical things you can do with your iPod, as well as offering tips,
tricks and help on troubleshooting the iPod. Chapter Sixteen will provide fun and
innovative iPod Web Sites to assist you in everything else the book does not cover
There are also two Appendices the cover software on a menu-by-menu breakdown, including
keyboard shortcuts. Appendix A describes iTunes, and Appendix B goes over MusicMatch
and Jukebox Plus.
- What I liked best about the book
is discovering that my little iPod can do so much more than I realized! About a third
of the book deals with iTunes, its formats, play lists and how to rip music so it
will burn onto CDs or create a true relationship with your iPod. iPods are an ideal
place to download images from your digital camera, an Alarm Clock, an address book
and calendar, a player of audio books, recording device or even an external, bootable
hard drive. The book will lead you through the ins and outs of playing and recording
music, importing calendars and contacts, syncing with your desktop machine, connecting
to home and car audio systems and lots more. There is even a wealth of iPod accessories.
There are generous amounts of figures and other graphics on the pages for both Mac
and Windows utilities. What I particularly liked about many of the illustrations
is how well the layered windows and menus were shown in a single figure. This makes
it even easier for "visual" learners such as my self to follow the instructions.
I was also pleased to find an Appendix that explain in detail every menu for both
iTunes and Music Match Jukebox Plus. I have used both Music Match and iTunes and
think this is essential for novice users to have this kind of guidance.
I was surprised that the iPod Mini
was not mentioned in the book. I would guess that there are no substantial differences
with using the iPod Mini, however I would have liked to have this stated one way
or the other. Also, marker tabs on the side of the pages would make it easier to
find chapters more quickly. These issues, however, did not interfere with my enjoyment
of the book. After reading through the entire book, I found myself much more savvy
in utilizing my iPod and iTunes to it's fullest potential.
- Mac Guild Grade
- A+ (Awesome)
- Final Words
- I bought my first 40GB iPod a
few months after it rolled off the line. After the initial excitement, it has become
a part of my life I take for granted. It plays music. It works. What more do you
need to know? I picked up this book and now I am really excited again about all the
possibilities. I am also really glad to have so much information all in one place.
This comprehensive, clearly written, and entertaining addition to the successful
"Missing Manual" series is a MUST have. Whether you own an iPod, or are
giving one as a gift, I highly recommend this book as the perfect iPod companion.