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The iPod has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon, giving us a new vocabulary (we shuffle our iTunes on our nanos), revolutionizing the way we experience music and radio through the invention of podcasting, opening up new outlets for video, and challenging the traditional music industry as never before. The design itself has become iconic: there is even a shade of white now called iPod White.

Steven Levy has had rare access to everyone at Apple who was involved in creating the iPod: including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom he has known for over twenty years. In telling the story behind the iPod, Levy explains how it went from the drawing board to global sensation. He also examines how this deceptively diminutive gadget raises a host of new technical, legal, social, and musical questions (including the all-important use of one's playlist as an indicator of coolness), and writes about where the iPhenomenon might go next in his new Afterword. Sharp and insightful, The Perfect Thing is part history and part homage to the device that we can't live without.

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"Entertaining....[The Perfect Thing] does a handy job of crystallizing and commemorating the dawn of the iPod age." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Loads of fun, jammed with entertaining connections, unexpected riffs, and endless stuff you've never heard of before." Washington Monthly

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"Wonderful....The Perfect Thing is a thoroughgoing treatment of the iPod from many different perspectives — social, economic, technical, psychological — packed with insights from one of the tech world's most astute observers." Boing Boing

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"A clever feature is that the book's chapters are 'shuffled,' so that one person's copy of the book will have chapters ordered completely differently from another's." Library Journal

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The iPod has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon, giving us a new vocabulary (we shuffle our iTunes on our nanos), revolutionizing the way we experience music and radio through the invention of podcasting, opening up new outlets for video, and challenging the traditional music industry as never before. The design itself has become iconic: there is even a shade of white now called iPod White.

Steven Levy has had rare access to everyone at Apple who was involved in creating the iPod — including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom he has known for over twenty years. In telling the story behind the iPod, Levy explains how it went from the drawing board to global sensation. He also examines how this deceptively diminutive gadget raises a host of new technical, legal, social, and musical questions (including the all-important use of one's playlist as an indicator of coolness), and writes about where the iPhenomenon might go next in his new Afterword. Sharp and insightful, The Perfect Thing is part history and part homage to the device that we can't live without.

Synopsis:

Tech-savvy writer Levy takes readers step by step through the research, development, and ultimate domination of the Apple iPod--todays cultural icon and a massive force in the music industry.

About the Author

Over the course of twenty-two years of teaching, Steven Levy has taught every grade level from kindergarten through college. He has been recognized as the 1992-93 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and honored as the Outstanding General Elementary Teacher by the Walt Disney Company ion 1994-95. Levy has also received the John F. Kennedy prize for the teaching of history, and his project Lexingtons, USA, was chosen by the American School Board Association as one of the hundred best curriculum ideas in the nation.

Table of Contents

Contents

iPod Timeline

Perfect

Identity

Origin

Cool

Personal

Download

Shuffle

Apple

Podcast

Coda

Afterword: iPod, iSaw, iConquered, iPhone

Notes

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743285230
Author:
Levy,Steven
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Levy, Steven
Author:
Steven
Author:
Levy
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Apple computer, inc.
Subject:
IPod (Digital music player)
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.695 oz

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Product details 304 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743285230 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Entertaining....[The Perfect Thing] does a handy job of crystallizing and commemorating the dawn of the iPod age."
"Review" by , "Loads of fun, jammed with entertaining connections, unexpected riffs, and endless stuff you've never heard of before."
"Review" by , "Wonderful....The Perfect Thing is a thoroughgoing treatment of the iPod from many different perspectives — social, economic, technical, psychological — packed with insights from one of the tech world's most astute observers."
"Review" by , "A clever feature is that the book's chapters are 'shuffled,' so that one person's copy of the book will have chapters ordered completely differently from another's."
"Synopsis" by , The iPod has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon, giving us a new vocabulary (we shuffle our iTunes on our nanos), revolutionizing the way we experience music and radio through the invention of podcasting, opening up new outlets for video, and challenging the traditional music industry as never before. The design itself has become iconic: there is even a shade of white now called iPod White.

Steven Levy has had rare access to everyone at Apple who was involved in creating the iPod — including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom he has known for over twenty years. In telling the story behind the iPod, Levy explains how it went from the drawing board to global sensation. He also examines how this deceptively diminutive gadget raises a host of new technical, legal, social, and musical questions (including the all-important use of one's playlist as an indicator of coolness), and writes about where the iPhenomenon might go next in his new Afterword. Sharp and insightful, The Perfect Thing is part history and part homage to the device that we can't live without.

"Synopsis" by , Tech-savvy writer Levy takes readers step by step through the research, development, and ultimate domination of the Apple iPod--todays cultural icon and a massive force in the music industry.
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