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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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Thanks all for the kind words. We’re exhausted, but alive. Update to come on Backstage.

Jorge: It’s only about compatibility. Also, we would never recommend adding DRM to your AAC files if you have the option. It’s a restriction you may come to regret in the future - not everything can play back protected AAC.

Armypod: Being worked on. Apparently affects only one version of the file and is server-side.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 15, 2005 at 9:42 PM (CDT)


It would be neat if someone made a version of this guide and perhaps future guides that works with Notes function of the iPod. That would make it extremely convient, seeing as how most of us carry out Poddies everywhere we go. But anyhow, good job and thanks for the guide!

Posted by Alan Ly on August 15, 2005 at 9:43 PM (CDT)


Great job! Really great :O

But you could have remembered the iPod portuguese site… at iLounge Around the World :(


Posted by Nuno on August 15, 2005 at 10:54 PM (CDT)


Nice work! Found an error though, in the iPod Trivia contest the question 16 or rather the number 16 appears two times on the pages 106 and 109. it might be a little confusing + I don’t know if this should be here or not but when I’m trying to use the form for the contest all I get is “All entries must be filled. Please click Back and try again.”.

Perhaps it has something to do with that I’m not a US resident and there for don’t use the state pull down menu.

Once again nice work!

Posted by watt on August 16, 2005 at 5:06 AM (CDT)


Great work guys! :) For a newbie like me, this certainly helps out a lot!

Greetings from the Philippines!

Posted by Chad on August 16, 2005 at 7:21 AM (CDT)


is there a reason that i can’t see the links in FireFox?

Posted by ja450n on August 16, 2005 at 7:43 AM (CDT)


answered my own question:

in firefox, it can block ads using the userContent.css file.

because ilounge hosted the zip files on firefox assumed they were ads, and blocked them.

to fix, comment out the line
a:link[href*=”.ad”] img,
in userContent.css

Posted by ja450n on August 16, 2005 at 8:55 AM (CDT)


watt: The trivia has been fixed. Please download the Book again.

Posted by boom on August 16, 2005 at 3:38 PM (CDT)


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



Much appreciated Tom - we’ll send you a copy ;o)

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 16, 2005 at 4:33 PM (CDT)


boom: Thanks for the info. Now I just wished I could submit my answers, the darn form just won’t let me do it.

Posted by watt on August 16, 2005 at 5:40 PM (CDT)



Try again… Script fixed for non-US state people.  :-D

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on August 16, 2005 at 7:00 PM (CDT)


Success!  Thanks for the help! :)

Posted by watt on August 16, 2005 at 7:42 PM (CDT)


I’m still waiting for the contest file size issue to be addressed.  My concern was deflected the first time I brought it up - please respond.

Posted by broken spoke on August 17, 2005 at 1:53 AM (CDT)


No one’s deflecting. The 150kb number you’re talking about wasn’t part of the contest rules, it’s a technical issue with our galleries, put there to prevent our servers from being overloaded with huge files.

It sounds like your issue is that some of the people who _didn’t win the contest_ didn’t have files that were as small as yours. If there’s something more that needs to be addressed about this, fine, but it just seems like beating a dead horse at this point.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 17, 2005 at 3:12 AM (CDT)


It was just really clear to me that the 150kb was a gallery-wide rule, the specially-highlighted kind that usually invalidates a contest entry.  I stand corrected - the gallery-wide submission rules were optional, but attention to detail should count for something.

Thanks for answering, not trying to beat any horses.  Great job on the iPod Book.

Posted by broken spoke on August 17, 2005 at 5:38 AM (CDT)


I had a problem, it would not download, if this happens to you, go to: for the print virsion

Posted by Ashley on August 17, 2005 at 5:43 AM (CDT)


Gee, for a PDF exported from InDesign CS you guys could’ve gone just that little bit further and made it an eBook, complete with hyperlinks in the index.

Other than that, the content effing rocks!

Posted by Jonesy on August 17, 2005 at 9:31 AM (CDT)


VERY NICE! im going out to buy a binder for it today…..i cant wait! THANK YOU!

Posted by eltravio on August 17, 2005 at 11:26 AM (CDT)


I found your site by reading the daily austin-fish wrap and damit i have told 3 of my friends for a newbie with an ipod i am at peice, great wk.

Posted by vin on August 17, 2005 at 11:17 PM (CDT)


Apple should sell this with their iPod…..$$$ for iLounge!

Posted by TheCritic on August 18, 2005 at 10:25 AM (CDT)

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