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Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads: for Windows Users [Kindle Edition]

Charles Brett
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Book Description

This ‘ehandbook’ is derived from the author’s personal experiences as a willing user of Windows and an equally willing user of the iPhone and of the iPad – but an ever more unwilling user of iTunes and Apple’s apparent philosophy (of “Apple Knows What Is Best For You (Not You)). His experiences have thrown up issues and problems which he has found difficult to solve or even to understand, in spite of spending much time researching possible solutions as well as using Apple’s own resources, the Internet and various books. This has been all the more frustrating for the author because he has spent more than 25 years assisting clients with technology – explaining it as well as solving problems.

This ehandbook is not intended to be either a comprehensive guide to using any of the iPhone, iPad, iTunes nor to Windows. Instead it for Windows users who find themselves frustrated when using their iPhone or iPad with iTunes. Its purpose is to try to explain and, where possible, show how various activities that Windows users might expect to do in a simple manner can be performed with or for an iPhone or iPad when connected to iTunes..
A key aspect within this is understanding how Apple sees its iTunes Store as a huge distribution hub for selling digital content. You may think your iPhone or Pad (or iPod or even Apple TV) are the center of your universe but you will discover that these are not regarded by Apple as self-standing or self-supporting devices – but ‘merely’ as users of its digital warehouse.
The ehandbook also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of going beyond iTunes – where you decide if you wish to break out of Apple’s constraints by ‘jailbreaking’ your iPhone and/or iPad and in so doing move beyond Apple's chains as well as how you can start to do this.

Intended audience: the primary audience for this ehandbook is that group of people who have an iPhone and/or iPad who also run iTunes on Microsoft’s Windows. The focus is on Windows users (though the contents may also be of use to OS X users.)


Part I Introduction and rationale
Chapter 1 Why write this ehandbook?
Chapter 2 Why read or use this ehandbook?
Chapter 3 How to use this handbook’s content

Part II Understanding key concepts
Chapter 4 AKWIBFY(NY) or ‘Apple knows what is best for you (not you)’
Chapter 5 The world of iTunes and its ecosystem
Chapter 6 The world of the iTunes Store and Accounts
Chapter 7 iTunes licensing and Digital Rights Management
Chapter 8 iTunes is both Apple’s bully as well as jailer

Part III Describing and addressing common problems
Chapter 9 SIM and MicroSIM cards
Chapter 10 Copying or moving data to/from SIM and MicroSIM cards
Chapter 11 To iTunes, computers and devices are not the same
Chapter 12 Sync and Backup
Chapter 13 Backing up your iTunes on Windows backups
Chapter 14 Files, filing and locations

Part IV So you want to upgrade to a new iPhone/iPad
Chapter 15 What you need to consider
Chapter 16 Keeping your old iPhone or iPad
Chapter 17 Giving your old iPhone or iPad to someone else
Chapter 18 Selling or disposing of your iPhone or iPad
Chapter 19 Had you jailbroken your iPhone or iPad, and other implications?

Part V ebooks, epublications and your own elibrary(ies)
Chapter 20 Background – publishing constraints from the past
Chapter 21 ereaders, ebooks and epublications
Chapter 22 ebooks, DRM and your own elibrary(ies)
Chapter 23 Lending ebooks

Part VI Escaping Apple’s closed environment (‘jailbreaking’)
Chapter 24 Unlocking and jailbreaking – an introduction
Chapter 25 Why might you want, or not want, to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad?
Chapter 26 How do you jailbreak an iPhone or iPad?

A Easily forgotten actions
B iTunes, Operating Systems and Multitasking 
C ehandbook conventions
D Beware: iPhones and iPads have moisture sensors

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Publisher: C3B Consulting Ltd; 2011-1 edition (9 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RIH1W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars iTunes for the baffled 16 Mar. 2011
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A very clear and helpful explanation of the vagaries of iTunes and related products for the baffled, frustrated Windows user.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Windows Users of iPads 21 Mar. 2011
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Charles Brett was kind enough to let me see a pre-publication version of this eBook which gives an excellent explanation of Apple's peculiar habit of facilitating what it thinks is good for you while preventing other behavior which might seem entirely rational, even required, for you.

Windows users have a different point of view about technology. They are accustomed to being able to customize their systems and to try out new software and web offerings which the equipment vendor might not have had in mind. This book is a handbook for Windows users who also use an iPad or iPhone and are trying to understand just why they can't do what they please -- and (sometimes) how to get around Apple's high-handed parental controls.

Charles is a very good writer and even thought this book is mainly technical information for everyday humans (a hard thing to do well), he also manages to be humorous. I would consider this an essential companion for a Windows' users iPad and iPhone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense of the Apple/iTunes universe as seen from the world of Windows 14 Mar. 2011
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Full disclosure - I was privileged to see an advanced copy of this work.

Charles sees the Apple ecosystem for what it is - a popular platform supporting Apple devices as well as Apple interests - and makes its eccentricities easier to understand. For the hardcore Windows user trying to get the most out of Apple devices like iPhone and iPad, this work provides insight into how the pieces fit together, why they may not make sense to Windows users out of the box, and how to get the most out of the combined Windows/Apple device platform.

The book is an interesting read from beginning to end, but can also be used as a reference for demystifying specific elements of the Apple platform. For serious Windows users who are in turn serious about understanding what is happening in their own computing environments and protecting themselves against hardware and software failure, Charles helps make it clear what is really going on and how to accomplish what you need to in terms of backup, recovery, archival, SIM cards, and many other important topics.

If you are a Windows user with an iPhone or iPad, and you don't want to just trust that everything is doing what it should, you really should take a look at this.
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