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Ipod and Itunes Hacks (Hacks)by Hadley Stern
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Some people are content to use their iPod simply to play music. Some people want to do more. They want to use their iPod to read email, or use it as a voice recorder, or maybe a device to store digital photos. They want to use iTunes visuals as a screensaver, use Java to expand iTunes functionally, or use a cheap Linux box as a server and access MP3 tunes. Maybe they want to paint their iPod a custom color. For those people who want to get more out of their iPod, those who want to explore and experiment, unearth shortcuts, and come up with fun things to try that have never even occurred to their friends iPod and iTunes Hacks is brimming with undocumented tips, tricks, and trade secrets for getting the very most from your iPod. This guide takes curious and clever iPod owners beyond the obvious with 100 ingenious hacks that will delight, entertain, and add astonishing power to the iPod and iTunes experience.
Book News Annotation:
Author Stern and his compatriots clearly explain that the iPod and iTunes are fully integrated, and that their violent nomenclature (ripping, mixing and burning) belie relatively benign definitions as getting music, putting it in order, and re-recording it. They start with integrating the iPod into one's environment, including motorcycle, car, or radio station, and keeping it running in all venues. They then describe various non-iPod bits of hardware and the iPod software that can expand its uses beyond music storage and retrieval. They work through iTunes and its capabilities, and the application of AppleScript for iTunes. They close with instructions for taking music from the iPod/iTunes environment to mixing CDs and working with MP3 files. Throughout they base their advice on about 100 hacks, complete with full code.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The iPod is only a few years young and yet it is not an exaggeration to call it a phenomenon. You just have to love it when a product suddenly becomes such a part of your life; it lives in your pocket for most of the day, along with your keys and mobile phone. Beneath its clean lines and elegant interface is a computer-on-a hard-drive, more flexinle and hackable than you might imagine. But the iPod is only half the story. As your digital music collection grows, you'll notice that the obsessive behavior typically reserved for organizing your CD collection is transferred to organizing the music on your computer. iPod and iTunes Hacks reveals myriad ways to extend, organize, tweak, twiddle, and expand iTunes. Learn how to:
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About the Author
Hadley Stern is a designer, writer, and photographer residing in Boston, MA. Hadley was born in London, England, relocated at age 4 to Singapore, then to Canada at age 10, and finally to America at age 22, where he met his lovely wife, Meiera.Hadley studied creative writing and western civilization and culture at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, before studying graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).Since graduating from RISD, Hadley has worked as a professional designer at Malcolm Grear Designers, Rykodisc Records, and Razorfish and is currently an Interactive Creative Director at Fidelity Investments. He has worked on corporate-identity projects, CD packages, web sites, Flash banner advertising, and a wide variety of print collateral. His personal site is http://www.hadleystern.com.Hadley has written for WebMonkey, American Photo magazine, iPodLounge.com, and O Reilly Media, and is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of AppleMatters (http://www.applematters.com). AppleMatters is a serious yet irreverent look at all things Apple. Covering opinions, news, and interviews, AppleMatters has done tremendously well since its launch over a year ago.
Table of Contents
CopyrightDedicationCreditsPrefaceChapter 1: iPod HardwareChapter 2: Non-iPod HardwareChapter 3: iPod SoftwareChapter 4: iTunesChapter 5: AppleScript for iTunesChapter 6: Beyond iTunesColophon
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