With iTunes, the iPod (the best-selling portable digital music player), and the iTunes Music Store (Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2003), Apple has taken the world of digital music by storm. With the recent release of iTunes and the iTunes Music Store for Windows, all of these amazing tools are now available for both Windows and Macintosh users. The iPod and iTunes Starter Kit 2E, provides all the information that music fans need to get the most out of these amazing digital music tools. From the basics of listening to audio CDs to advanced customizing of music on an iPod, the book equips even those who have never explored digital audio to master their digital music by using these awesome tools. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Touring the iPod. The Apple iPod: A Lot of Hype or Really Hip? So What Is an iPod Anyway? All iPod Models Aren't Equal, But They Are All Cool The iPod The iPod mini The iPod shuffle Which iPod Is Right for You? What You Can Do with an iPod 2. Getting Started with an iPod. Exploring the iPod's Box Charging the iPod's Battery Installing the iPod's Software (Including iTunes) Installing the iPod's Software on a Windows PC Installing the iPod's Software on a Macintosh Connecting and Configuring an iPod on Your Computer Preparing an iPod to Connect to a Computer Connecting an iPod to a Computer Configuring an iPod on Your Computer Connecting an iPod to a Computer with a Dock 3. Touring iTunes. What You Can Do with iTunes Audio File Formats You Might Encounter When You Use iTunes CD Audio MP3 AAC WAV AIFF Apple Lossless The iTunes Music Library Where Does All That Music Come From? Playlists: Customizing Your Music Experience The Other Members of the Band: The iPod and the iTunes Music Store 4. Building, Browsing, Searching, and Playing Your iTunes Music Library. Gathering Your Music from All the Right Places Determining Where and How the Music Library Music Is Stored Working with the iTunes Music Folder Configuring the Location of the Music Folder Setting Other Organization Preferences Understanding Encoding and Other Important Format Options Choosing a Format Option Picking Quality Levels Configuring iTunes to Import Music Adding Music from Audio CDs to Your iTunes Music Library Adding Audio CDs to Your Library Building Your iTunes Music Library in a Hurry Importing Audio Files into Your Library Browsing and Searching Your Music Library Browsing in the Library Searching Your Music Library Playing Music in Your Music Library Removing Tunes from the Music Library Subscribing and Listening to Podcasts Setting Your Podcast Preferences Subscribing to Podcasts Listening to and Managing Podcasts 5. Labeling, Categorizing, and Configuring Your Music. Understanding Song Tags and Knowing Why You Should Care About Them Viewing Song Information Viewing Tags in the Browser Viewing Tags in the Content Pane Viewing Tags in the Info Window Labeling Your Music Labeling a Song in the Info Window Labeling Multiple Songs at the Same Time Labeling a Song in the Content Pane Configuring a Song's Options Configuring Song Options in the Info Window Rating Songs in the Content Pane Adding and Viewing Album Artwork Viewing Album Artwork Adding Artwork for Songs Customizing the Content Pane 6. Creating, Configuring, and Using Playlists. Understanding Playlists The Standard-But-Very-Useful Playlist The Extra-Special Smart Playlist Building and Listening to Standard Playlists Creating a Standard Playlist Adding Songs to a Playlist Removing Songs from a Playlist Setting the Order in Which a Playlist's Songs Play Listening to a Standard Playlist Deleting a Standard Playlist Becoming a Musical Genius with Smart Playlists Understanding Why Smart Playlists Are Called Smart Creating a Smart Playlist Listening to a Smart Playlist Changing a Smart Playlist Doing the Party Shuffle 7. Building an iPod's Music Library. Creating an iTunes Music Library Building an iTunes Music Library Creating iTunes Playlists Assessing the Size of Your iTunes Library and How Much Disk Space Your iPod Has Determining the Size of Your iTunes Library Determining How Much Storage Space You Have on an iPod Understanding and Configuring iPod Synchronization Options Understanding Your Synchronization Options Understanding How iTunes Updates Playlists on the iPod Configuring iTunes to Automatically Update All Songs and Playlists Configuring iTunes to Automatically Update Selected Playlists Configuring iTunes So You Can Manually Manage Songs and Playlists Updating Specific Songs and Playlists Automatically Manually Updating an iPod Adding Music to an iPod shuffle Configuring an iPod shuffle Using Autofill to Put Music on an iPod shuffle Manually Adding Songs to an iPod shuffle Removing Songs from an iPod shuffle 8. Listening to Music on an iPod or iPod mini. Selecting Music You Want to Listen To Selecting Music with Playlists Browsing Your iPod's Music Controlling Your Music Playing the Basic Way Playing the iPod Way Creating and Using an iPod On-The-Go Playlist Monitoring an iPod's Battery 9. Listening to Music on an iPod shuffle. Getting Ready to Play Turning On, Controlling, and Turning Off an iPod shuffle Turning On a shuffle and Choosing How Music Will Play Using the iPod shuffle's Playback Controls Turning Off an iPod shuffle Putting an iPod shuffle on Hold Monitoring an iPod shuffle's Battery 10. Configuring an iPod to Suit Your Preferences. Configuring Music Playback Shuffling Music Repeating Music Using Sound Check Using the iPod's Equalizer Setting Up Your Main Menu Preferences Setting the Screen's Contrast Setting the Sleep Timer Configuring the Clicker Working with the iPod's Language Returning an iPod to That Factory-Fresh Feeling 11. Using an iPod with a Home Stereo or Car Stereo. Using an iPod with a Home Stereo Hard-Wiring an iPod to a Home Stereo Broadcasting iPod Music over FM Playing an iPod over a Home Stereo System Using an iPod As a Portable Home Stereo or Boombox Using an iPod with a Car Stereo Getting Sound from an iPod to a Car Stereo Powering and Charging an iPod While You Are on the Road Mounting an iPod in Your Car Controlling an iPod While You Are on the Road 12. Using the iPod for Images. iPods and Photos Moving Pictures onto an iPod Using an Application to Move Pictures from a Computer onto an iPod Moving Image Files from a Computer onto an iPod Moving Photos from a Digital Camera onto an iPod Viewing Photos on an iPod Viewing Slideshows on an iPod Setting Up an iPod Slideshow Playing an iPod Slideshow Using an iPod to Display Slideshows on a TV Moving Photos from an iPod onto a Computer Using an Application to Move Photos from an iPod onto a Computer Manually Moving Files from an iPod to a Computer 13. Maintaining an iPod and Solving Problems. Maintaining Your iPod's Power Monitoring and Maximizing Battery Life Charging an iPod's Battery Getting More Life Out of an iPod's Battery Solving Battery Problems Updating or Restoring an iPod's Software Identifying and Solving iPod Problems Solving iPod Problems Getting Help with iPod Problems 14. Maintaining iTunes and Solving Problems. Keeping iTunes Up-to-date Keeping iTunes Up-to-date on Any Computer Automatically Keeping iTunes Up-to-date on a Windows PC Manually Keeping iTunes Up-to-date on a Macintosh Backing Up Your iTunes Music Library Solving iTunes Problems Solving the Missing Song File Problem Getting Help with iTunes Problems 15. Toys for Your iPod. Headphones Apple Headphones Shure-www.shure.com Bose-www.bose.com Sennheiser-www.sennheiserusa.com Sony-www.sony.com Koss-www.koss.com Ultimate Ears-www.ultimateears.com Nike Phillips-www.nike-philips.com Bang & Olufsen-www.bang-olufsen.com Wireless Headphones BlueTake i-Phono BT420-www.bluetake.com Macally Bluewave Headphone-www.macally.com iPod Speakers inMotion Portable iPod Speakers Ezison Personal Speakers for iPod Sony SRS-T55 Folding Travel Speaker iPod Groove Bag Triplet and Tote iPal Portable Speaker with Tuner Cube Travel Speakers Bose SoundDock JBL On Stage JBL On Tour Portable Speakers Monster iSpeaker Portable Macally IceTune Speakers Macally PodWave DLO iBoom Speakers PocketParty shuffle iPod in Your Car Sony CPA-9C Car Cassette Adapter The Belkin TuneCast II Mobile FM Transmitter Griffin iTrip Monster iCarPlay Wireless AirPlay for iPod shuffle Auto Chargers iPod Automobile Mounting Kits Voice Recorders Belkin Voice Recorder for iPod Griffin Technology iTalk Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter DLO VoiceNote Voice Recorder Digital Camera Adapters Belkin iPod Media Reader Belkin Digital Camera Link Apple iPod Camera Connector Apple World Travel Adapter Kit iPod Remote Controls ABT iJet Wireless RF Remote Griffin AirClick DLO iDirect Wireless Remote Nyko iTop Button Relocator iPod Polishing Kits iCleaner Ultra Pro Kit Ice Creme iPod Stands, Docks, and Cradles Habitat ModPod PodHolder PodBoard Apple iPod shuffle Dock Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Hub for iPod shuffle Apple iPod Dock (iPod and iPod mini) Westshore Craftworks iDockCover Solio Solar Charger iPod Cases Sheldon iPod Case Speck iPod Skins Speck iStyle Belkin Leather Flip Case MARWARE Sportsuit Convertible Case MARWARE SportSuit Safari MARWARE 3G SportSuit Convertible PodSleevz/mini Sleevz Gucci iPod Case TimBuk2 iPod Case Anetagenova iPod Case PodPaqnappa Apple iPod Socks Bumperz for iPod shuffle TuffWrapz Apple iPod shuffle Sports Case Burton Shield iPod Jacket iPod Stickers and Film Skin EFX iPod Stickers HP Printable Tattoos Mobile Juice shuffle Art CD-ROM Contents Freeware Shareware Commercial Software 16. Hacking the iPod. Replacing Your iPod Battery Battery Replacement-First and Second Generation iPod Tools Required Battery Replacement-Third and Fourth Generation iPod Tools Required Battery Replacement-iPod Mini Tools Required iPod Shuffle Index.
Brad Miser has written extensively about computers and other technology. Brad has written many books including Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes, 1st Edition; Special Edition Using Mac OS X, v10.4 Tiger; Special Edition Using Mac OS X, v10.3 Tiger Panther; Mac OS X and iLife: Using iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD; iDVD 3 Fast and Easy; Special Edition Using Mac OS X v10.2; Mac OS X and the Digital Lifestyle; Special Edition Using Mac OS X; The iMac Way; The Complete Idiot's Guide to iMovie 2; and Using Mac OS 8.5. He has been a featured at Macworld Expo and his work has appeared in other publications including MacAddict magazine.