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Download Now: The Free iPod Book 2.0

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It’s here: The Free iPod Book 2.0, by! Weighing in at 194 pages, this revised and expanded second edition of our popular Book is your one-stop answer to every major iPod and iTunes question… plus much, much more. Inside, you’ll find 20 exclusive sneak peeks at new iPod accessories from Atlantic, Belkin, Griffin, Monitor Audio, Oakley, Power Support, Sonic Impact, Targus, v-moda, and others, ratings of over 900 accessories and iPods, plus extraordinary guides to All Things iPod, All Things iTunes, and Beyond. Click the link below for the details and the download links. Two versions - printable and widescreen - are available; please download only one. We hope you enjoy!


Single page, higher-res version, larger, best for printing (21 MB ZIP)

Double page, lower-res version, smaller, best for monitors (13 MB ZIP)

Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later.


We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of The Free iPod Book 2.0, by, a free 194-page book full of incredible iPod and iTunes information. The main contents are:
  • Sneak Peeks and Reviews: See 20 new iPod accessories debuted exclusively in the Book, including Atlantic’s E Go Waterproof Speaker, Belkin’s TuneDeck and TuneStage for iPod nano, Griffin’s AirDock, Monitor Audio’s i-deckcompact and i-deckplus, Oakley’s O ROKR with naviPlay Combo, Sonic Impact’s K1 AV system, and v-moda’s golden NV Audio earphones. Get quick reviews of the best iPod products we’ve covered, and a ratings table for the over 900 total iPods and accessories we have reviewed. image
  • The All Things iPod Guide: A massive 15-step update to last year’s incredible cradle to grave and rebirth look at the iPod. Over 110 sections include these highlights:
    • The Porsche Boxster iPod Road Test: We tear apart a $50,000 2006 Porsche Boxster sports car to add a $3,000 premium iPod customization package, and offer tips on do-it-yourself auto integrations for budgets of all sizes.
    • iPod Video: Brand-new sections on iPod videos, including how to create iPod-ready home movies with the first-ever iPod-compatible video cameras, plus information on converting or buying other videos for iPod viewing, and video-friendly external battery packs.
    • Filling Your iPod: An extensive guide to filling your iPod with music, radio shows, games, travel help, books, and other types of content.
    • iPods Everywhere: At The Gym, On Campus, Out of Town, and More!: New sections for athletes, students, travelers, and expanded versions of earlier sections for At Home, In The Car, and On Your Own listening.
    • iPod Shopping, Maintenence and Expansion: Expert advice on iPod shopping, gifting, protection, customization, maintenance and repair, as well as using accessories to expand its features.
    • Selling and Replacing Your iPod: Learn the value of new and used iPods, including elaborate pricing tables with recent, eBay, and used iPod retailer and parts store purchasing prices, plus a full guide to picking the right iPod for you, with updated information on today’s iPod models.


  • The All Things iTunes Guide: Now with over 125 tips covering everything from audio to video, pictures, widgets, AppleScripts and more, All Things iTunes helps you learn the best features of iTunes without boring yourself to tears. Take one tip at a time or read a bunch - no matter how you read, you’ll learn great ways to make iTunes perform.

  • Beyond: Uncrate and Outblush: Our friends at shopping sites Uncrate and Outblush highlight major new toys for girls and guys who love iPods.

As the name suggests, The Free iPod Book 2.0 is a totally free download. We’ve designed two versions - one for viewing on your computer, and one for printing. Please download only one version so that others can get their copies. Please Tell A Friend or three about the new Free iPod Book. And please do your part to share the Guide on your file-sharing network of choice, with friends through e-mail, or though a mirror link (post in comments below) - that’s all we ask. Enjoy!

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Thanks, I’ve been waiting for this one!

Posted by hoho in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 4:05 AM (CDT)


Mirror: (please download only one. thanks!)

Posted by omen68x in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 5:25 AM (CDT)


Awesome, awesome, awesome….great job iLounge!

Posted by Hadley Stern in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 10:57 AM (CDT)


is there any way i could download this on a windows pc?

Posted by Mike in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 12:37 PM (CDT)


As an update for readers: download links for the Book should be working fully right now, and the contest typo has been fixed as well. Thanks for pointing out these issues to us; we’ve closed the related comments.

Regarding Photo contest winners, everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but we looked for entries that matched our stated criteria, and quite a few of the photos we received looked nice, but didn’t fit with what we had asked for. We also wanted to choose winners that did not look just like previous winning entries from earlier contests.

Also, the files above are downloadable and viewable on Windows PCs and Macs.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 1:16 PM (CDT)


As always, great job folks!!!! :)

Posted by Black Beauty in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 6:00 PM (CDT)


I missed out on the first one and I can’t find it, and I’m liking this one. Great job guys.

Posted by Wrekognized in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 7:34 PM (CDT)


Mirror PDF links for “Free iPod Book 2.0”
(for the print version of course)
(for the widescreen version)


Posted by Carlos in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 9:11 PM (CDT)


Except the print one should actually be,


Posted by Carlos in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 9:21 PM (CDT)


It would be really cool if there were a text version to view on your ipod

Posted by Roo in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 1, 2006 at 9:52 PM (CDT)


Comments from individuals using multiple identities/email addresses will be removed.

Posted by Bob Levens in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 3:40 AM (CDT)


Some stats for my mirror: (as of 6/2 1:16am pdt)

‘print’ downloads: 484
‘wide’ downloads: 381
bandwidth: 13.85 GB
partial downloads: 513
countries: 42+
peak hours: 7am, 1pm pdt

Thank you, iLounge, for another great resource!! Keep up the good work!

Posted by omen68x in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 4:30 AM (CDT)


There was obviously a lot of skill involved in the ‘realistic entry,’ very professionally done, but as to it’s realism? I hardly think so.  The funniest entry was only unintentionally so, and the creative entry was a jumble of obvious and unimplementable ideas.  Was the competition just filler for your book?  Did you not feel the need to judge it properly?

Posted by Ethan in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 5:31 AM (CDT)


I agree with Ethan. Both of the contests seem poorly judged. I know the editors have a right to judge how they see fit but Come On! Realistic? Maybe for Dell, or Microsoft, but, I’m sorry, not for Apple. The render is very good indeed, but to me realistic means “What is most likely to happen in 2010”

There are SO many awesome entries and the choices are just laughable.

This is the scenario as it seems to have unfolded:

iLounge editor #1: “Wow, these are some really awesome entries”

iLounge editor #2: “Yeah! To bad we’re too busy with the rest of the book to really judge them”

iLounge editor #1: “True. Just put the names in a hat and we’ll draw”

Possible? It seems.

The rest of the book is REALLY awesome but some people put A LOT of work into their entries too. It just seems like its, as Ethan said, filler. What a shame.

Posted by AC in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 9:32 AM (CDT)


I’ve been weighing whether to continue to respond to these comments regarding the contest, or just leave the previous response to stand on its own. As I said before, you guys are pointing out some nice photos, but they were not what we were looking for.

The concept behind the iPods Everywhere contest was to show how people _use_ iPods everywhere - for On The Go, the phrase “whatever shows off the iPod in use while out and about” was the key. While a photo of a bunch of iPods standing around a gravesite of rival MP3 players is _funny,_ that’s not what we were looking for. Spin conspiracy theories if you want, but we looked at all the entries and picked the ones we preferred. As we indicated right inside the Book in this section, we did not feel that many of the entries in the photo contest matched what we wanted, which limited our decision.

Regarding the art contest, any person criticizing the winners of this should prepare to have a magnifying glass taken to their own entry for a similar dissection of its viability. We really liked the entries we received in this contest, and felt the winning entries did a good job of considering where the iPod might be 4 years from now, in their respective ways.

So… Sorry if your entry, or your favorite entry, didn’t get picked. Because of these sorts of complaints, we are deciding now whether to discontinue these contests altogether, or just go with what users vote is the best, a system that we think will be highly susceptible to fraud and result in even worse “winners.” I suspect we’ll discontinue them, because they cause a lot more grief than they’re worth.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 10:58 AM (CDT)


Great book, guys.  Unfortunately it didn’t include info on an item I’ve been trying to find for a while…

Does anyone remember a plastic “pocket” that attaches to the back of an iPod that’s just big enough to hold a couple $20s and a metrocard?  I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. :(

Posted by A in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 11:49 AM (CDT)



Try if you haven’t yet.  I found it in the iLounge company directory, case/clip manufacturers (N-Z) under Ocean Trust Companies.

Posted by pandamonium5885 in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 1:31 PM (CDT)


Great Job Guys (Dennis, Jeremy, Larry, Bob and Jerrod). What a classy guide. One can feel the hard-work u guys must have put in. Thank You.

Posted by baksharp in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 2:03 PM (CDT)


Sorry to cause strife among the editors, but there is always going to be some disagreements when there is subjective judging.

My main point was that there we’re some really great entries (a lot better than mine) that seemed to fit the categories better.

Plus, the rest of the book is incredible. I’m a designer by profession and I can really appreciate the work that was put into it.

Please do not discontinue the contests based upon some opinions. I remember the same thing happening in the first art contest and realize that, possibly because of that, there were a lot less entries this time around. Maybe rethinking the judging process would be a good thing. If not, then ask to have a pannel of judges or something. You guys are creative, you’ll think of something.

Once again, great job on the book! Sorry to bring down the spirit of an awesome accomplishment. A FREE ACCOMPLISHMENT!

Posted by AC in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 2, 2006 at 3:26 PM (CDT)

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