iPod, the Missing Manual, 5th edition

by J.D. Biersdorfer. 239 pp. Pogue Press/O’Reilly, 2007. $19.99. ISBN 0-596-52978-3

iPod, the Missing Manual has had a makeover, and it’s looking sharp. The fifth edition of the popular iPod guide sports full color pages, a smaller trim size, and content that been substantially revised. The shiny black cover featuring a bright array of iPod nanos is an eye-catching departure from the usual white and spot color design that distinguish the Missing Manual series.

Like the cover, the contents have an appealing new look. Abundant photos and graphics illuminate a streamlined text – most topics are covered on one or two pages.Topic titles are now at the top of pages, making it easy to thumb through and find just what you’re looking for. The large, clear iTunes screen shots and iPod menu illustrations are especially useful, as are photos of a sampling of Apple and third-party iPod add-ons.

The book covers the iPod models available in early December 2006, including the 30 and 80 GB fifth generation iPod with video, the vividly colored brushed aluminium second generation iPod nanos, and the itsy-bitsy second generation iPod Shuffle. The book does a great job with the basics as well as topics like working with pictures on the iPod, using the iPod as a hard drive, and viewing and converting video files with iTunes 7.

Check out an excerpt from iPod, the Missing Manual on O’Reilly’s website:

iPod, the Missing Manual is an ideal choice for iPod owners who want to get up to speed quickly with a minimum of tech talk. Very highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2006 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the September 2006 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.