iPod Book, The: Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and the iTunes Music Store
There are basically two kinds of iPod books: (1) The "tell me all about it kind," which include in-depth discussions on compression algorithms, debates about analog vs. digital equalizers; and how to export your playlist in Unicode format. And (2) there's this book. It's not a "tell me all about it" it’s a "show me how to do it" book.
Award-winning author Scott Kelby shows you step-by-step how it's all done, using the same casual, plain English style that made him one of the world's bestselling technology authors. You'll learn how to do only the most important, most requested, and just plain cool things you're going to want to do with your iPod so you can start having fun with it today. Right now!
Each page covers just one topic, complete with full color photos making it easy to find just what you're looking for fast. Plus, it shows you how to get the most from the iTunes Music Store, how to integrate your iPod into your car, which iPod accessories are hot, and there's even entire chapters on using Apple iPod photo and the new iPod shuffle! It's all here—in the only book of its kind, and you're gonna love it!
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Sweet! I didn't know that was possible...,
This review is from: The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and the iTunes Music Store (2nd Edition) (Paperback)OK... I finally joined the cult of the iPodders this month. I'm not a music fanatic like others I know, but there are some podcasts I really should be listening to. So, with iPod in hand, I started working my way through The iPod Book by Scott Kelby. He did a really nice job on this, and I think I know what I'm doing now...
Contents: I Can't Help Myself - The Chapter for People Who Must Play a Song Right Now; The Outsiders - How to Work the Stuff on the Outside of Your iPod; Pod's Theme - iPod Essentials; It's Tricky - Cool iPod Tips & Tricks; Cars - Using the iPod in Your Car; Get the Freeze-Frame - Using Your iPod's Photo Features; Home Sweet Home - iTunes Essentials; Imaginary Player - Playlists and Smart Playlists; Proof of Purchase - Using the iTunes Music Store; Tip Drill - Cool iTunes Tips; Add It On - iPod Accessories (and the iTunes Phone); Get the Lido Shuffle - How to Use Apple's iPod shuffle; Cast of Angels - How to Download (and Create Your Own) Podcasts;... Read more
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This review is from: The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and the iTunes Store (4th Edition) (Paperback)Let me start by saying I like Scott Kelby, and I have the credit card statements to prove it.
But with these books he's just phoning it in. Along with the Gen-X har har humor (lots of "Hey" and "eh?" and "ya know" to give you that folksy feeling) you would like a little meat. There are about 60 pages devoted to Playlists, which are pretty much self-explanatory, and only two very sketchy pages about syncing iTunes with an iPod, which can be pretty frustrating if your preferences aren't set just right. Interested in Podcasts? Scott pretty much breezes over it. For example, in the Podcast part of the Library, what are the blue dots next to some of the Podcast titles? What are the checkmarks? Do the checkmarks determine which podcast episodes get synced? I'm not entirely sure, and you won't find out from reading this book.
I had hoped to find out why some music can be dragged to the iPod icon on the left while others cannot. Apparently it has something to so with the... Read more
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
For beginners only!,
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This review is from: The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and the iTunes Music Store (Paperback)This book would be great for iPod newbies. It guides you, with clear pictures and humorous text, through setting up your iPod, putting songs on and listening to the music.
But I found the subtitle "Doing Cool Stuff with the iPod and iTunes Music Store" very misleading - is buying a song from the music store a "cool" thing? What about clicking the Power Search button? Worst was the "Faking having your iPod in your car" (in case you do not have a tape deck, fm player or audio-in jack but do have a cd player). The "cool idea"? Mix your favorite songs up in iTunes and burn some cds with them in shuffled format! HUH!??!?!? you don't even need an iPod at all to do that.
The advertisements for various products made me feel like I was looking at a bulky iPod catalog. If I was new to iPod, I would have liked this book - at least it explains in simple language the basics. But I am not new to iPod, I am well-versed in iPod and wanted to learn something "cool". If you are... Read more
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