are no glaring omissions, the layout is solid, and the
writing is even entertaining at times, most especially
for a manual.
Jobs and the Apple R&D team will claim outright that
iTunes and the iPod are both magnificent feats of technology
and design, and they may be right, but such achievements
also carry a burden that must be shouldered. The iPod & iTunes
innovation, given without proper instruction, can leave
novice computer users and inexperienced tech consumers
befuddled and confused. The hardware and program are
not as intuitive as Apple thinks they are and I know
a lot of users who struggled with basic settings like
adjusting volume (yes, I witnessed one incident), syncing
your iPod with your computer and iTunes, and arranging
and uploading playlists to the iPod. Due to a lack of
instruction and emphasis, I think there are also a lot
of other features on the iPod such as the calendar, address
book and notepad that are being left unused by a majority
of iPod users.
book is the result of an authoritative collaboration.
Author J.D. Biersdorfer has been writing her Q & A
column for the Circuits section of the New York Times
since 1998. Editor David Pogue is the creator of Pogue
Press/O'Reilly Publishing's acclaimed Missing Manual
series and is also the technology review columnist for
the New York Times.
iPod is much more than a simple, high quality music player,
but because little focus has been placed by Apple on
advertising or educating iPod users (and prospective
ones) about all of the terrific non-music features of
the device, a lot of great programming and design work
is being left unused and unappreciated. This manual helps
to change all that and it is definitely worth picking
up. Highly recommended.