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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to iPod and iTunes, Third Edition

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Since the inception of iTunes, the iPod (the best-selling portable digital music player), and iTunes Music Store (Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2003), Apple has taken the world of digital music by storm. The Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes, Third Edition, provides all the information that music and media fans need to get the most out of these amazing digital devices and tools. From the basics of listening to audio CDs to advanced customization of music on an iPod, this book equips even those who have never explored digital audio to master their digital music by using these awesome tools. The book covers both Windows and Macintosh platforms to reach the broadest possible audience. The book is organized into two major parts, with each focusing on an element of the iPod, and iTunes and finally a third part focusing on the iTunes Music Store. Along the way, it explains how all of these tools work together and shows readers how to get the most from them. It progresses from very basic topics in a logical manner to lead even absolute beginners on the path to musical mastery.

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Part I The iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1 Touring the iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2 Getting Started with an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

3 Controlling an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

4 Listening to Music on an iPod or iPod nano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

5 Listening to Music on an iPod shuffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

6 Building an iPod’s Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

7 Using an iPod to Listen to and Watch Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

8 Using an iPod to Listen to Audiobooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

9 Using an iPod to Store and View Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

10 Using an iPod to Watch Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

11 Taking the iPod Further . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

12 Configuring an iPod to Suit Your Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

13 Maintaining an iPod and Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Part II iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

14 Touring iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

15 Getting Started with iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

16 Listening to Audio CDs and Internet Audio with iTunes . . . . . . . . . . 231

17 Building, Browsing, Searching, and Playing Your iTunes

Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

18 Labeling, Categorizing, and Configuring Your Music . . . . . . . . . . . . 279

19 Creating, Configuring, and Using Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

20 Subscribing to and Listening to Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329

21 Working with iTunes Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

22 Burning Your Own CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361

23 Sharing iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377

24 Maintaining iTunes and Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395

Part III The iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409

25 Touring the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411

26 Configuring iTunes for the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419

27 Shopping in the iTunes Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435

28 Working with Purchased Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459

29 Solving iTunes Store Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 473

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479