The iPod & iTunes Pocket Guide, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

The iPod & iTunes Pocket Guide from Peachpit costs $9.99 ($8.99 on line) and is a fun book to add to your collection. ipod.jpeg

Book Description

iPod users want to start using their devices as soon as they get their hands on them, and this guide shows them how. In these pages, trusted gadget teacher Christopher Breen reveals the secrets to using the leading portable player. This handy guide offers the quickest way to learn how to use the iTunes Store (including the new movie store!), import songs from CDs, and how to pick the right accessories. Readers will also find thorough coverage of the entire iPod family, including the iPod shuffle ($79-1GB; the world’s smallest MP3 player), iPod nano ($149-2GB; $199-4GB; $249-8GB), and the updated iPod ($249-30GB and $349-80GB, which holds up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of video). Along the way, Christopher offers hints for burning CDs, tips for making the most of the device’s storage capabilities,and troubleshooting advice for when the gadgets become uncooperative.


Well constructed with a logical layout the book gives you easy to understand explanations and instructions on using your iPod. It covers the whole of the current range, has some very visible tips and caters well for human nature i.e. that desire to jump straight in first and worry about all the details later.

Structurally it centers around eight (8) chapters;

1. Meet the iPod
2. Controls and Interface
3. iTunes and You
4. The iTunes Store
5. The Informational iPod
6. Accessories
7. Tips and Tricks
8 Troubleshooting Your iPod

As a “veteran” iPod owner there wasn’t much that I didn’t already know. Chapters 5 and 7 were the most useful to me, and I am always happy to read about accessories for the iPods so Chapter 6 got a good thumbing from me.

As you would expect a lot, if not all, of the information is available on the internet, and is probably more up to date by now (certainly the accessories), but don’t let this deter you from taking a look at the book. It is a good source for reference or just general interest. It isn’t a massive manual but then again the iPod was designed to be simple to use so you couldn’t really write a detailed manual on it anyway.

All in all a harmless, fun book that would sit happily in your Mac book collection.


ISBN-10: 0-321-48614-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-321-48614-1; Published: Nov 3, 2006; Copyright 2007; Dimensions 5 X 7; Pages: 240; Edition: 2nd.

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