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Download Now: The Free iPod Book and Back to School Guide

It’s here: The Free iPod Book & Back to School Guide, by Covering all things iPod and iTunes, our first book includes exclusive sneak peeks at new iPod accessories from JBL, Belkin, Griffin, Oregon Scientific, Blumac and Sumo Cases, plus tutorials, contests, and more. Click on read more for the details and the download links. Two versions - printable and widescreen - are available; please download only one. We hope you enjoy!


Single page version, best for printing

Book-style layout, with double page spread

12MB | Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later.


We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of The Free iPod Book & Back to School Guide, by, a 140-page Back to School book full of tutorials, accessory previews and reviews, contests, and more. The main contents are:
  • Sneak Peeks and Reviews: See seven new iPod accessories debuted exclusively in the Book, including Oregon Scientific’s iBall, JBL’s On Stage II, Blumac’s Cerulean, Belkin’s TuneFM, Sumo Cases’ PlayThru Cases, plus Griffin Technology’s iRave and iTalk 2. Get quick reviews of the best iPod products released since our last Guide, as well as a ratings table for the 500 total iPods and accessories we have reviewed. 10+1 Steps to iPod Bliss
  • The 10+1 Step Guide to iPod Bliss: Your iPod, from cradle to grave and rebirth. No stone is left unturned in this colorful, easy-to-read guide to the life of an iPod.
  • CD Rippers, Reviewed: A detailed comparison of six different CD ripping services, each offering to convert their customers’ huge CD libraries into iPod-ready MP3 files. Who had the fastest turnaround? The best included services? The smartest promotions? The answers are inside.
  • Load Your iPod: A complete look at all of the different types of content you can load on your iPod - and how to get them - including music, podcasts, radio, photos, art, travel goodies, books, calendars, contacts, games and data.
  • Selling Your iPod: The value of new and used iPods, including elaborate pricing tables with recent, eBay, and used iPod retailer and parts store purchasing prices.
  • Changing and Maintaining Your iPod: A look at top customization and repair services for the iPod, as well as do-it-yourself options for keeping your iPod looking and running like brand-new.
  • Replacing Your iPod: A guide to picking the right iPod for you, with updated information on today’s iPod models.
  • Join the Community: Snapshots of 10 international iPod sites providing foreign-language iPod news to readers all over the world. 101 iTunes Tips
  • 101 iTunes Tips: The iTunes book, remixed. This special section provides over 100 tips to help 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 sing.
  • The Search for iPod Trivia Contest: Now closed; winners here. Take this chance to win one of three Klipsch iFi speaker systems (retail value: $399.99 each) by hunting for answers to our iPod trivia questions.
  • The iPod Directory: If you’re looking for an iPod accessory or service provider, this new directory of web, e-mail and telephone contacts will help you find whatever you’re looking for.

As the name suggests, The Free iPod Book 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.

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Its downloading right now… Im so excited to read it :D:D

Posted by finster on August 15, 2005 at 6:31 AM (CDT)


Awesome! Superb! What else can be said? You know, when it comes from iLounge it canĀ“t be any different. And it’s free!! Gosh, I suppose a lot of people might be wondering “what’s the catch?”
Congratulations for the fantastic work, and thank you!

Greetings from sunny Brazil.

Posted by Luciano Guimaraes on August 15, 2005 at 8:30 AM (CDT)


OMG! Nice work iLounge! Thank you!

Another Greetings from the Korean Peninsula.

Posted by Dongho Keum on August 15, 2005 at 8:39 AM (CDT)


Great Guide. Well put together. Im surprised the winning photo for the contest didnt meet the specs, as it isnt 480x640. But I dont make the rules, I just follow em.

Posted by Lupin III on August 15, 2005 at 11:01 AM (CDT)


At last!!!! :)

I mirrored at:

Posted by Plucas on August 15, 2005 at 11:15 AM (CDT)


The specs are basically a minimum so that we can guarantee print quality - so long as the winner submits (as requested) a high-resolution version at the end, they’re fine. All of the high-resolution versions exceed the 640x480 pixel count. Glad you guys like + thanks for mirrors!

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 15, 2005 at 11:47 AM (CDT)


I just downloaded and listened to my first podcast ever and iLounge was an excellent way to get started!  I’m downloading the book and look forward to more news and groovy happenings… Thanks!

Posted by keicher on August 15, 2005 at 12:29 PM (CDT)


i just recently discovered this website and it has helped slove all my promblems i love u <3

Posted by flipflopgirl820 on August 15, 2005 at 12:43 PM (CDT)


Oy. Zip files :(

Posted by Carlos (Ink Noise) on August 15, 2005 at 1:43 PM (CDT)


Zip files aren’t being used for the token compression. A number of people had problems when the last Guide opened automatically in their browsers; using Zip enables people to save a copy and then open it whenever they want.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 15, 2005 at 2:09 PM (CDT)


I noticed a few of the ‘honorable mentions’ exceeded the maximum filesize listed for all gallery submissions.  I’m really bummed that they were allowed when so many others were careful to follow the instructions.  Yeah, it’s a minor detail, but highlighted on the submission page and not so minor for the rest of us to follow.

Also, congrats to the winners.

Posted by broken spoke on August 15, 2005 at 2:33 PM (CDT)


There were no honorable mentions - only two winners on merit and one random draw. We just put a number of other pictures in there that we liked, trying to represent a number of countries. There were many superb submissions this time.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 15, 2005 at 2:57 PM (CDT)


Ok then, a number of other pictures in there that you liked which represent a number of countries exceeded the maximum file size listed for all gallery submissions.

Sorry for calling them ‘honorable mentions’, but they still exceeded your own orange-highlighed 150KB maximum file size gallery submission limits - limits the rest of us adhered to for our submissions.

Posted by broken spoke on August 15, 2005 at 3:07 PM (CDT)


Thanks—and the 2 formats are appreciated.

Posted by Nagromme on August 15, 2005 at 4:46 PM (CDT)


Excellent guide! But I’m confused—since when does FireWire 400 transfer data 66% faster than USB 2.0 (see pg. 21)? I always thought that USB 2.0 was 480 Mbps and FW400 was 400 Mbps. Am I missing something?

A minor quibble, however. Really, this guide is fantastic. Thanks!!

Posted by Kyle Gingham on August 15, 2005 at 4:53 PM (CDT)


USB 2.0’s 480 figure is a peak while FW400’s is actual/guaranteed. Here’s a page explaining the difference; skip to the “What’s faster, USB 2.0 or FireWire?” part. An older article here debunks the 480mbps myth, noting overhead and device-related limitations that cut the number down from its theoretical maximum. Our number was based on our real-world testing of USB-connected iPods, though there are ways to further improve or diminish that number.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on August 15, 2005 at 5:22 PM (CDT)


Jeremy, you just turned my world upside-down! :-) I’m going to start back-ups to my external hard drive using FW tonight!

Thanks for the info.

Posted by Kyle Gingham on August 15, 2005 at 5:48 PM (CDT)


Why do you recommend MP3 (page 22 - page 27 of pdf) insted of AAC? I don’t understand. If is about compatibility, ok, i choose MP3. But if i use iTunes and my iPod i choose AAC even with DRM… I need less storage space…

Posted by Jorge Laranjo on August 15, 2005 at 6:28 PM (CDT)


Great job as always guys! They just keep getting better and better.


Posted by ~tl on August 15, 2005 at 7:52 PM (CDT)


Getting an error opening the pdf = this viewer can not decrypt this document.  Suggestions?

Posted by armypod on August 15, 2005 at 9:31 PM (CDT)

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