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J.D. Biersdorfer , David Pogue
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12 Nov 2009 Missing Manuals

Get the scoop on iTunes 9 and all of the newest iPods with this bestselling Missing Manual. Apple's gotten the world hooked on portable music, pictures, and videos with its amazing entertainment center, but one thing they haven't delivered is an easy guide for getting the most out of it. That's where this book comes in.

iPod: The Missing Manual, now in its 8th edition, provides a no-nonsense view of the latest iPod line, including the tiny Shuffle, the video-capable Nano, the high-capacity Classic, and the Wi-Fi-enabled Touch. With crystal-clear explanations and easy-to-follow color graphics, the book provides expert guidance on all of the amazing things you can do:

  • Fill 'er up. Load your Nano, Classic, Touch, or Shuffle with music, movies, and photos, and learn how to play it all back.
  • Share music and movies. Copy music between computers with Home Sharing, beam playlists around the house, and whisk your Nano's videos to YouTube.
  • iTunes, tuned up. Pick-and-choose which music, movies, and photos to sync; create instant playlists with Genius Mix; and auto-rename "Untitled" tracks.
  • iPod power. Create Genius playlists on your iPod, shoot movies on your Nano, tap the Nano's FM radio and pedometer, and add voice memos to your Touch.
  • Tour the new iTunes Store. Find what you're looking for in a snap, and get lyrics, liner notes, and more with iTunes LP.

Even if you don't have one of the brand new iPods, this Missing Manual has plenty of information on iTunes 9, the App Store, and everything else you'll want to know. iPod: The Missing Manual is as useful, satisfying, and reliable as its subject.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 8 edition (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596804318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596804312
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J.D. Biersdorfer is the best-selling author of iPad: The Missing Manual, Best iPhone Apps (Second Edition), Netbooks: The Missing Maunal, and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book. She is the co-author of iPod: The Missing Manual, Google: The Missing Manual (Second Edition), iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual, and The Internet: The Missing Manual. She has authored the weekly technology column "Q&A" for the New York Times since 1998 and often writes about art, books, and design for other sections of The Times. J.D. also co-hosts the independent Pop Tech Jam audio podcast, which explores current events in the world of technology and geek culture.

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His web site is www.davidpogue.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very helpful 22 Aug 2010
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a previous reviewer says, it is a shame that you have to buy a manual when the product is expensive as it is. But if you have to buy one I would recommend this one.

The book is printed on good quality paper and all the screen grabs are in full colour. The style is friendly and informal, but the text gets straight to the point and is very easy to understand. The series of books uses professional writers, and it shows.

The Contents pages list the main chapter headings as well as sub-headings which makes it very easy to find what you're looking for. There's also a good index at the end.

The main chapter headings are:
- Meet the iPod: out of the box and into your ears in 15 minutes
- Bopping around the iPod Classic, Nano and Shuffle
- Touring the Touch
- iTunes Basics
- iTunes Power Moves
- The Power of Playlists
- Shop the iTunes store
- It's Showtime: Video on the iPod
- Picturing Your Photos on the iPod
- The iPod as Personal Assistant
- Surfing the Web with the iPod Touch
- iPod Out Loud
- What to Do When the iPod Isn't Working Right

I bought an iPod Classic, my first music player, and my first experience with iTunes. When I bought the iPod I was expecting it to work a bit like an external hard drive so that I could copy tunes over to it directly, and the whole iTunes interface was a nasty surprise. I can untangle most devices and software without help, but there were three specific tasks which I wanted to carry out and which eluded me, and I wanted to get a better understanding of iTunes functionality and playlists. This book answered these questions perfectly, and there are whole chapters on iTunes and on playlists.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The must have book 2 Mar 2010
What you didn't know about the ipod and more. Well writen and illustrated throughout. Pity you have to buy a manual when apple should provide one particulary when they charge so much for their products.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing better than the book 12 May 2010
Crisply written and jargon-free tips on enhanced usage as well as on the less obvious ipod disasters that you can then put right yourself.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After searching around for the best book to help me fill in the gaps as I upgraded from a 2007 Ipod Nano to the latest 2nd Generation ipod touch, this is the BEST ipod book I've seen and so glad that I bought this one. Certainly fills in the gaps :-)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars iPods missing manual 21 Nov 2007
By William J. Lauerman - Published on Amazon.com
Reading this book is a must for iPod users. Most uses are thought to be limited to music and/or audiobooks, but a review takes it beyond. This book closely ties in with iTunes. It also demonstrates its use for photos, videos, calendars, schedules, address book, clock and stop watch; plus games, portable hard drive and others. It clearly explains how to install, amend and delete an entire playlist, plus direct shopping the iTunes store. Its chapter on maintenance, battery charging and preservation alone is a must read for iPod owners.i
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch manual 4 Nov 2008
By John A. Suda - Published on Amazon.com
"IPod, the Missing Manual, Seventh Ed.," is an update and improvement of a book which has already distinguished itself for excellence in providing guidance for iPod users. It is one of Pogue Press's Missing Manual series which itself is a benchmark for computer books of its type. This edition of "iPod"covers the latest and greatest iPods, the iTunes software, and accessories for the iPod as well as further polishing the presentation formula of the "iPod Missing Manual" editions.

The book is lavishly produced in glossy paper and full-color graphics. There are graphics on nearly every page. The well-designed layout has nicely contrasting headings, body type, sidebars, and illustrations, which make it easy to read and understand the well-written material. The content is covered thoroughly and comprehensively. It covers nearly everything an iPod user needs to know to utilize the machine to its fullest, from using the iPod within minutes out of the box, to learning all of the applications, menus, synching options, and connection options to the Internet. The ending chapter discusses troubleshooting.

There are chapters devoted to each function of the iPod - music, photos, videos, productivity applications, games, and Web access and e-mail (for the Touch). Throughout there are useful and interesting Notes and Tips. The book covers all of the current iPod models - Mac and PC -and highlights recommended connection hardware for using the iPod with a TV, external speakers, radio, streaming over wireless devices, and in the car.

Much of the newer content deals with the iPod's flagship, the Touch, which supports Web surfing, e-mail, and numerous third-party applications available for downloading from the Apple Store. The chapters and segments are organized in such a way that you can selectively read only those parts which apply to your specific iPod model, but the whole book is an easy read.
There is plenty of information and suggestions on customizing the iPod to suit your needs and tastes, both software wise and with hardware accessories. The issues of digital rights management and legal workarounds are well explained.

The only way this book could be better would be if it included a coupon for a free iPod.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great iPod Book For Newbies 16 Dec 2010
By Dan McKinnon - Published on Amazon.com
'iPod: The Missing Manual' by Jude Biersdorfer is the perfect reference for all iPod fans, users, and geeks alike. With nearly 300 pages of material spread out over 13 chapters, you will learn all the ins and outs of your iPod and iTunes better than ever before!! From the basics like general usage of your iPod to learning how to use iTunes to import music and add to your library to creating playlists and working with photos and videos, this truly is a gem. Now in its 9th!!! edition, this newest iPod book covers the newest iPods and iTunes 10, and it describes what makes these newest generation players so amazing!! Full color, glossy paper, wonderful content and a size that fits perfectly in your hand (yes this DOES make a difference), this is an absolute home run of a book by Pogue Press.

My only gripe with this book is that it seems to be updated a bit too often. I know every year there is a new iPod so that is what warrants the update, but I am not sure how much new stuff is really game-changing with the newest version.


If you want to get the most out of you iPod and/or iTunes and want to have fun doing so, pick up this wonderful sidekick to your Apple world and enjoy!!

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting in Touch with my Touch 17 Dec 2008
By Pat Whittle - Published on Amazon.com
I've owned about every other iPod model, now with an iPod Touch 2nd gen. A one point, I worked for Apple, so I'm an ardent consumer of most things Apple. I found this book a quick read (2 days), lighthearted, and full of good info. I've known most of the iPod features as well as iTunes. For me, this book was about the Touch.

I thought the quality of the paper and images were going to be poor, for the cover is sort of cheesy. I was wrong. The paper is a high quality matte that holds the sharp graphic images. The writing style is mostly straightforward with a little dry wit, consistent with Pogue's podcasts, which I also enjoy.

The first few chapters start a little slow, but I came into this book with an iPod-savvy background. Chapter 5, iTunes Power Moves, started sparking my interest. After so many years, a refresher is, well, refreshing, brushing up on my knowledge and seeing if there's anything new I may have overlooked as being useful for the way I presently using my tools/toys. For instance, there's a page about changing the song's file format. The iPod Touch doesn't support mp2 format, the encoding in which I found one of my music files to be.

Then there are the myriad of tricks and tips pertaining to the Touch, my primary interest. LOTS of valuable info. It really re-energized my interest in the device. He shows how to view lyrics as the music plays - something not possible in iTunes. It's a feature I really like and now use most of the time.

Other interesting chapters were 8 and 11. Chapter 8 is about getting video onto the device, video settings on iTunes and the Touch. Chapter 11, Surfing the Web, may have had the most new information for me. For instance, I learned that touching the top of the browser window brings you to the top (insta-scroll). And the keyboard - wow! I didn't know there were so many gestures to rapidly enter characters. For instance, I found numeric entry awkward, flipping to the numeric keyboard. The book showed me another, quicker way to enter numbers and never leave the alpha soft keyboard. What a time saver. Where did he find this stuff was the question that often came to mind. I even got inspired to sync bookmarks with the Touch Safari. I hope some day URL Manager - my preferred URL manager - will sync with the Touch. Last, this chapter shows references for mobile-aware websites.

There's also a chapter on additional devices like power adapters and car chargers, if you don't have your own already! Overall, this book was well worth it, if for nothing more than to get the full value out of the Touch. Good job.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of useful info in here 5 Feb 2008
By Tell It Like It Is - Published on Amazon.com
Great book for the total iPod newbie. Will have you up and running in no time. I'm sure you can find all this same info on the Apple web site, but this book will save you hours of searching, plus I find it easier to read a book page than a computer screen. Guess I'm old school. Anyway, this book is worth the price and the time you will spend reading it.
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