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IPodpedia: The Ultimate IPod and ITunes Resource


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This is the eBook version of the printed book.

iPodpedia is the first book to show you everything that the iPod and iTunes have to offer—from music to movies and beyond. Whether you want to get the most out of your iPod’s music playback, create your own playlists, edit your music info and album art, convert your home movies and DVDs to iPod videos, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, or just unfreeze a frozen iPod, iPodpedia will show you how to do it.

Here’s some of what’s covered inside…

• Using the iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle™

• Apple’s new iPhone™

• Purchasing music and movies from the iTunes Store

• Using iTunes to rip and burn CDs

• Managing music and playlists

• Finding cover art and other music file tag information

• Dealing with DRM (Digital Rights Management)

• Watching movies, TV shows, and other videos

• Listening to audiobooks and podcasts

• Viewing digital photos and slideshows

• Connecting your iPod to a home audio/video system

• Using the iPod in your car or boat

• Playing iPod games

• Using the iPod as a calendar and scheduler

• Exercising with the Nike+iPod Sports Kit

• Transferring files from your iPod to your PC

• Using add-on software programs

• iPod accessories

• iPod tips, tricks, and hacks

• Troubleshooting iPod problems

Part 1: Background

1 The History

2 The iPod Family

3 The iPhone

Part 2: Operation

4 Using the iPod

5 Using the iTunes Software

6 Using the iTunes Store

Part 3: Applications

7 Music

8 Podcasts

9 Audiobooks

10 Photos

11 Videos

12 Games

Part 4: Special Uses

13 Using Your iPod in the Living Room

14 Using Your iPod in the Car

15 Using Your iPod as a Portable Storage Device

16 Using Your iPod to Record Audio and Podcasts

17 Using Your iPod for Running and Exercise

18 Using Your iPod as a Calendar/Scheduler

19 Using iTunes to Manage Your Music Purchases

Part 5: Secrets

20 iPod Tips and Tricks

21 iPod Hacks

Part 6: Support

22 iPod Accessories

23 Third-Party Software

24 iPod Troubleshooting

Part 7: Appendixes

Michael Miller has written more than 75 non-fiction how-to books over the past two decades, including Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Reference, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, How Microsoft Windows Vista Works, How Home Theater and HDTV Work, Tricks of the eBay Masters, and YouTube 4 You. His books have collectively sold more than a million copies worldwide, and he has established a reputation for offering real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author’s website ( and at iPodPedia: The Blog (

Category Digital Music

CoversiPod and iTunes for Windows® and Mac®

Level Intermediate to Advanced

About the Author

Michael Miller has written more than 75 nonfiction how-to books in the past two decades, including Que’s Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, YouTube 4U, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay, and How Microsoft Windows Vista Works. He also writes about digital lifestyle topics for a variety of websites. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to nontechnical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author’s website, located at

Table of Contents

Part 1: Background

1 The History

The iPod Phenomenon

The iPod Story: Conception to Birth and Beyond

2000: Apple’s Quest

2001: The Concept Develops

2002: Expanding the Market

2003: More Models, More Music

2004: Introducing the mini

2005: The Market Explodes

2006: Business as Usual–and Then Some

2007: Introducing the iPhone

iPods in the Future

2 The iPod Family

Common Features

Audio and Video Playback

File Storage

Operating System and Memory




Comparing iPod Models

The iPod

The iPod mini

The iPod nano

The iPod shuffle

3 The iPhone

Introducing the iPhone

What It Does

How It Does It


Using the iPhone

The iPhone Home Screen

Making Phone Calls

Sending Text Messages

Taking Photos

Viewing Photos

Listening to Music

Watching Videos

Sending and Receiving Email

Browsing the Web

Viewing Maps

Using Other Widgets

Is the iPhone for You?



Bottom Line

Part 2: Operation

4 Using the iPod

Using the 5G iPod

Using the Click Wheel

Performing Basic Operations

Navigating the Menus

Evaluating Battery Life

Syncing and Recharging the iPod

Playing Music on Your iPod

Viewing Photos on Your iPod

Viewing Videos on Your iPod

Using Your iPod’s Extras

Configuring the 5G iPod

Using the iPod nano

Menu Options

Basic Operations

Using the iPod shuffle

Using the Control Pad

Basic Operations

Syncing, Charging, and Battery Life

Using the iPod with the iTunes Software

5 Using the iTunes Software

Navigating the iTunes Software

The iTunes Interface

Transport and View Controls

Source List

Album Art Area

Cover Flow Display

Track List

Status Bar/Controls

Displaying the Mini Store

Displaying the Mini Player

Configuring the iTunes Program

Managing Your Music Collection

Listening to Music

Viewing Your Music Collection

Searching for Music

Using the Equalizer

Cross-Fading Songs

Standardizing Playback Volume

Changing the Way Songs Shuffle

Showing the Visualizer

Manually Adding Music to iTunes

Listening to Internet Radio

Viewing Videos

Syncing Your iPod

Displaying Basic Information

Configuring Sync Options

Syncing Music

Autofilling the iPod shuffle

Syncing Movies

Syncing TV Shows

Syncing Podcasts

Syncing Photos

Syncing Contacts and Calendars

Syncing Games

Managing Files on Your iPod

Visiting the iTunes Store

6 Using the iTunes Store

Navigating the iTunes Store

Creating an Apple Account

iTunes Store Pricing

Searching the iTunes Store

Browsing the iTunes Store

Purchasing Items from the iTunes Store

Purchasing Music

Purchasing Videos

Purchasing Audiobooks

Purchasing iPod Games

Downloading Podcasts

Dealing with DRM

FairPlay Restrictions

Authorizing Computers for Playback

The DRM Workaround

Part 3: Applications

7 Music

Understanding Digital Audio File Formats

How Digital Sampling Works

Understanding File Compression

Compatible File Formats

Incompatible File Formats

Understanding Bit Rates

Ripping Music from CD

Setting File Format and Bit Rate

Ripping the CD

Burning Music to CD

Playing CDs

Managing Music in iTunes

Deleting Tracks

Editing Track Information

Editing Multiple Tracks

Adding and Editing Album Art

Adding Lyrics

Setting Playback Volume and Equalization

Rating Tracks

Editing Track Length–and Splitting Tracks

Using Playlists

Creating Custom Playlists

Creating Smart Playlists

Using the Party Shuffle

Organizing Playlists into Folders

Sharing Playlists

Uploading iMix Playlists to the iTunes Store

Using Third-Party Playlist Software

Printing Your Music Library List

Printing a Song List

Printing an Album List

Exporting a Music Library List

8 Podcasts

Understanding Podcasts

Finding and Downloading Podcasts from the iTunes Store

Browsing the iTunes Podcast Directory

Downloading and Subscribing to Podcasts

Finding and Subscribing to Other Podcasts on the Web

Finding More Podcasts

Subscribing to Other Podcasts

Playing Podcasts

Listening to–and Managing–Podcasts in iTunes

Listening to Podcasts on Your iPod

Watching Video Podcasts

9 Audiobooks

Downloading Audiobooks from the iTunes Store

Browsing and Searching for Audiobooks

Purchasing Audiobooks

Listening to Audiobooks

Playing Audiobooks in iTunes

Playing Audiobooks on Your iPod

Using Non-iTunes Audiobooks on Your iPod

Audiobooks at

Ripping Audiobooks from CD

Using Audiobook Software

Manually Changing Ripped Files

10 Photos

About Photos and Your iPod

Transferring Photos to Your iPod

Viewing Photos on Your iPod

Viewing Single Photos

Viewing a Photo Slideshow

Viewing a Slideshow with Music

Setting Slideshow Options

Viewing iPod Photos on Your TV

Using Your iPod as a Digital Photo Storage Device

Configuring Your iPod for Photo Storage

Transferring Photos from Your Camera to Your iPod

11 Videos

Understanding iPod Video

Downloading Videos from the iTunes Store

What’s Available in the Store

Purchasing Videos in the iTunes Store

Transferring Videos to Your iPod

Playing iPod Videos

Playing Videos in iTunes

Playing Videos on Your iPod

Playing iPod Videos on Your TV

Converting Other Videos to iPod Use

Converting Existing Videos

Converting Recorded TV Programs

Converting DVD Movies

Recording “Live” Programming to the iPod

Other Places to Find iPod-Friendly Videos

Sites with iPod-Format Videos

Converting YouTube Videos with iTube

12 Games

Playing Built-In iPod Games

Purchasing and Downloading Games from the iTunes Store

Finding Other iPod Games Online

Part 4: Special Uses

13 Using Your iPod in the Living Room

Connecting Your iPod to External Speakers

Connecting to Computer Speakers

Connecting to a Tabletop Speaker

Connecting to an iPod Bookshelf Audio System

Connecting Your iPod to Your Home Entertainment System

Connecting for Audio via an Adapter Cable

Connecting for Audio and Video

Connecting via an iPod Dock

Connecting Wirelessly

Connecting to iPod-Ready Receivers

iPod and iTunes for Audiophiles

Using iTunes in Your Home Entertainment System

Connecting Your PC Directly to Your Home Audio System

Connecting Wirelessly

Sharing Your Music Across Your Home Network

Listening to iTunes via Windows Media Center

Listening to Music with Apple TV

Specs and Connections

Using Apple TV

Apple TV vs. Windows Media Center

14 Using Your iPod in the Car

Connecting to an iPod-Enabled Car

Installing an Aftermarket iPod-Ready Car Audio System

Connecting to an Existing Car Audio System

Connecting via a Cassette Adapter

Connecting via an FM Transmitter

Other iPod Car Accessories

Power Adapters

Car Mounts

15 Using Your iPod as a Portable Storage Device

Configuring and Using Your iPod for Data Storage

Configuring Your iPod

Managing Files

Copying Music from Your iPod to a PC

Copying Music the Windows Way

Copying Music with iPod File Management Programs

Copying Music the Apple Way

Different Ways to Use Your iPod for Data Storage

Transferring Files from One PC to Another

Backing Up Important Data

Storing Digital Photos on the Go

16 Using Your iPod to Record Audio and Podcasts

Turning Your iPod into a Voice Recorder

How iPod Microphones Work

Popular iPod Microphones

Recording Podcasts on Your iPod

Recording in the Field

Recording with TuneStudio

Editing Podcasts on Your Computer

Distributing Your Podcast via iTunes

17 Using Your iPod for Running and Exercise

Choosing the Right iPod for Running and Exercise

Carrying Your iPod While You Exercise

iPod Sports Cases and Armbands

Sports Earphones

Finding Music for Exercise

Using Your iPod as a Stopwatch

Training with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit

What’s in the Kit?

Using the Sport Kit

Analyzing Your Workout Data

18 Using Your iPod as a Calendar/Scheduler

Importing Calendars into Your iPod

Getting Your iPod Ready for Calendar Use

Importing Calendars from Microsoft Outlook

Importing Individual Calendar Items from Microsoft Outlook

Importing Calendars from iCal

Importing Google Calendars

Importing Yahoo! Calendars

Using iPod Calendars

Viewing Calendars

Setting an Alarm for Calendar Events

Importing Your Contacts into Your iPod

Importing Contact Lists from Outlook and Outlook Express

Importing Individual Contacts from Outlook and Outlook Express

Importing Contacts from Your Mac

Viewing Contacts on Your iPod

19 Using iTunes to Manage Your Music Purchases

Managing Your iTunes Purchases

Use the Shopping Cart Instead of 1-Click

Use Wish Lists Instead of Buying

Keep Track of Your Purchase History

Managing Your Children’s iTunes Purchases

Give Your Kids an iTunes Allowance

Deauthorize Your Childrens’ Computers

Keep Your Kids from Buying Explicit Content

Giving the Gift of Music

Giving Gift Cards and Gift Certificates

Giving Songs, Albums, and Playlists

Part 5: Secrets

20 iPod Tips and Tricks

iPod Tricks

Extend Your iPod’s Battery Life

Recharge Your iPod–Without a PC

Get Extra Life with an External Battery

Rate a Song

Use Your iPod as an Alarm Clock

Use Your iPod as a Laser Pointer–or a Flashlight

Use Your iPod for Presentations

Record FM Radio for iPod Playback

Record Internet Radio for iPod Playback

Store Cocktail Recipes on Your iPod

Teach Yourself Foreign Languages on Your iPod

View Subway Maps on Your iPod

View Google or Yahoo! Maps on Your iPod

Read Your Email on Your iPod

Listen to Your Email on Your iPod

View Web Pages on Your iPod

Find Out How Much Free Space You Have Left

Rename Your iPod

Customize Your iPod’s Main Menu

Mod Your iPod

Use Cheat Codes for iPod Games

iTunes Tricks

Search Smarter

Request a Tune

Use iTunes Hotkeys

Customize the Visualizer

Add New Visualizations

Back Up Your Purchased Music

Enhance Your Audio

Create Multiple iTunes Libraries

Delete Duplicate Tracks from Your Library

Find Out Which Playlists Contain a Certain Song

Convert Multiple Tracks in a Batch

Rip a CD Directly to a Playlist

Correct Ripping Errors

Remove Copy Protection from a Track–and Use Your Music Any Way You Want

Split a Hidden Track into Its Own Track

Group Compilation Albums

Use Groupings to Create Sophisticated Playlists

Improve Preview Playback on a Dial-Up Connection

Download Free Music and Videos via Podcast Subscriptions

View PDF Files in iTunes

21 iPod Hacks

Hacking Your iPod with iPodWizard

Hacking Your iPod with Rockbox

Hacking Your iPod with iPodLinux

Changing Your iPod’s Interface

Adding Functionality to Your iPod

Hacking iTunes

Hacking iTunes on the Mac

Hacking iTunes on Windows

Part 6: Support

22 iPod Accessories


Backpacks and Bags


Earphone Splitters

Portable Speakers

Bookshelf Speakers

Alarm Clocks

A/V Docks and Connecting Kits

Audio/Video Cables

Remote Controls

Recharging Docks

Power and Battery Kits

Car Kits, Transmitters, and Mounts

Portable Video Displays

FM Radio Tuners

Audio Recorders

Video Recorders


Camera Adapters/Media Readers



iPod Customization

Cleaning and Scratch Removal

Toys and Oddities

Other Accessories

23 Third-Party Software

Tag Editors

Album Art Importers

Playlist Creators

Audio File Converters

DRM Strippers


Audio Enhancement

Lyrics Downloaders

Other iTunes Music Utilities

Audiobook Converters and Managers

Internet Radio Recorders

Video-to-iPod Converters

DVD-to-iPod Converters

File Managers

Podcast Creators/Editors

Email, Contacts, and the Web

Language Training

Electronic Books, Reference, and Learning

Text-to-Audio Converters


Interface Customization

Other Programs

24 iPod Troubleshooting

Understanding Onscreen Icons

Troubleshooting Common Problems

Your iPod Freezes

Your iPod Won’t Turn On

Your Computer Doesn’t Recognize Your iPod

You Can’t Disconnect Your iPod from Your PC

Your iPod Skips During Music Playback

Your Music Doesn’t Sound Right

Some Songs Don’t Play Back

iTunes Doesn’t Display Album Artwork

iTunes Displays an “iPod Is Linked to Another Library” Message

Troubleshooting iPod Problems with Diagnostic Mode

Restoring Your iPod’s Firmware

Reformatting Your iPod

Dealing with a Scratched or Broken Screen

Dealing with iPod Battery Problems

Finding Professional Help

Part 7: Appendixes

A Additional Resources

0789736748, TOC, 3/29/2007

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