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Macworld Digital Music & Video Superguide
Learn everything you need to know about digital music and video from the experts at Macworld!
With a colorful layout and cheerful writing, this Superguide helps you collect all your audio and video in iTunes, and play it in iTunes or on a variety of devices. You'll find help with digitizing and organizing content in iTunes, whether from old tapes and LPs, music or audiobook CDs, or a pile of DVDs. The book also looks at how to find free (and not-free) media online through various Web sites and the iTunes Store. Once your content is in iTunes, Macworld's experts provide advice on keeping iTunes organized, finding your stuff, fixing problems, and generally getting the most out of iTunes. Although you can enjoy your content in iTunes, the book also helps you sync it to an Apple TV, iPod, or iPhone, and discusses what to do if your content doesn't sync properly or plays incorrectly. It closes with a look at the choices available—and recommended picks—for iPod/iPhone cases, headphones, speakers, and car attachments.
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About the Authors
The Macworld Digital Music & Video Superguide was written by Christopher Breen, Dan Frakes, Michael Gowan, Jim Heid, Mathew Honan, Ted Landau, Kirk McElhearn, Dan Moren, and Jon Seff.
Yes, I was actually there when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPod. And when the event was over, the assembled members of the press were divided into two camps: one group didn't know quite what to make of Apple entering the esoteric world of digital music players, a field with questionable prospects and no dominant products. The other group of us had already grasped what digital music was all about. In fact, we had already begun converting our CD collections into MP3 files.
For the geeky among us, the iPod offered a way to free our digital music from the tyranny of the computer speaker. For the rest of the world, the iPod created a reason to go digital: the appeal of a thousand songs in your pocket was just too good to pass up.
In the intervening years, Apple has brought digital audio and video into the mainstream, not just through the massive success of the iPod, but via the iTunes Store, the iPhone, and the Apple TV. You can now buy music online and take it anywhere. You can buy and rent videos over the Internet and watch them on your couch, computer, or a tiny device that fits in your pocket.
The iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and your Mac are all cutting-edge technological devices, and that means that they can be complicated. While Apple's products are more intuitive than most, many features can't be mastered simply by reading the flimsy getting-started guides that Apple includes with its products.
That's why Macworld writes about iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, and Apple TV on a regular basis—to provide tips, tricks, and advice that let you get the most out of your device, your software, and your collection of digital media. And that's why we've created this book—to collect everything we've learned about digital music and video in the past few years, make sure it's up-to-date, and give it to you in one easy package.
Whether you're converting your old records and tapes into MP3s, moving DVDs onto a video iPod, converting those DVDs so they play back in full surround sound on your Apple TV, or just creating awesome iTunes playlists, the team of Macworld editors who assembled this book have expert advice to make your media experience that much more fulfilling.
The world of digital entertainment has come a long way since the day Steve Jobs pulled that first iPod out of the pocket of his blue jeans. But what was true on that day is still true today: it's all about using the power of digital technology to give us more control over our lives. I would never, ever go back to my pre-iPod life. Would you?
—Jason Snell, Editorial Director, Macworld
San Francisco, August 2008
Regrettably, it does not. The folks at Macworld wrapped up this project in late August and released the title shortly before iTunes 8 came out in September, and they haven't yet figured out if/when they might update this title again. Fortunately, nearly all of the Superguide should work just fine with iTunes 8, though we assume that if Macworld does do an update they'll include some info about the new Genius feature.
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