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The iPod and iTunes Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition by Christopher Breen

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2. Controls and Interface

The iPod has rightly been praised for its ease of use. As with all its products, Apple strove to make the iPod as intuitive as possible, placing a limited number of controls and ports on the device and making moving from one screen to another a logical progression. In the following pages, I scrutinize each iPod’s controls and examine the screens that populate the display-bearing iPods.

On the Face of It

On the front of an iPod classic or iPod nano, you’ll find a display and set of navigation controls. The shuffle has no display; its controls are located on the headset. On the first two generations (1G and 2G) of the iPod, these controls are arrayed around a central click wheel and are mechanical—meaning that they move ...

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