iPod & iTunes – The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition

The iPod is less intuitive in some ways than you might expect and this book aims to bring you up to speed very quickly on the power of the iPod.
iPod & iTunes Book

iPod & iTunes
The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition
By J.D. Biersdorfer
O’Reilly Media, 2006
ISBN: 0-596-52675-X

For those new to the iPod experience, this book sets out to fill in all the gaps and make you comfortable in exploiting all the potential of your iPod.

This book is organised into the following chapters:
*    Meet the iPod
*    The iPod Sync Connection
*    The iPod Shuffle
*    Digital Audio Formats
*    iTunes for Macintosh and Windows
*    iPod Multimedia
*    The iTunes Music Store
*    iPod Games and Other Extras
*    The iPod as External Drive
*    Connecting the iPod
*    Hot Hacks and Cool Tools
*    Troubleshooting

For many of us the idea of a whole book on using an iPod seems overkill. But not so to others. Plus the iPod is actually quite complex, when you include syncing files, adding your calendar and address book details and using it as an external hard drive. When you then add the issues of converting video to work on a video iPod, you get an extremely complex situation with a lot to learn.

This book does a great job of covering all you need to know, whether you are on a Mac or a Windows PC. It covers all the bases mentioned above, plus loads more. There’s coverage of connecting the iPod to other equipment, like your car radio, using the iPod to make presentations, converting video to the right format for the iPod, etc. Plus, of course, good coverage of using iTunes to best advantage, sharing iTunes libraries and podcasting.

If you are new to the iPod and happy to read a book to get up to speed very quickly, this is the book for you.

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