More tips from iPod: The Missing Manual, Seventh Edition author J.D. Biersdorfer
By J.D. Biersdorfer
Now Hear This
The iPod’s volume-limit controls let you lower the player’s maximum loudness level to help protect your (or your child’s) ears. On the Nano, set your sonic limits by choosing to Settings→Playback→Volume Limit. On the Classic, choose Settings→Volume Limit. On the Touch, choose Settings→Music→Volume Limit.
Art Collecting By Hand
To make the Cover Flow feature in iTunes look great, use the Advanced→Get Album Artwork command to have the program round up missing album covers for songs in your music library. If you get an alert box with the number of things iTunes couldn’t find, click the triangle or plus icon in the box to see what’s missing. Click the Save button to dump the notes into a text file that you can use as a shopping list. Now you know what art you need to snag off of the Web from Amazon.com or other cover-rich sites.
The iPod as Pocket Watch
Have your iPod Classic or Nano tell you the time on the main screen—without having to fumble down to the built-in clock. Just choose Settings→Date & Time and select the Time in Title option to always have a clock displayed in the top bar on the iPod screen.
Return to the Beginning
The iPod Shuffle has no screen to tell you what song you’re on, but you can get back to the first track in the playlist by quickly pressing the Play/Pause button three times.
Right-click (or control-click) any track in the iTunes library and choose Add to Playlist to instantly place that song on an existing playlist. And if you want to see just how many playlists include a particular song already, right-click (or control-click) the track and choose Show in Playlist.
A Touching Story
Turn your iPod Touch into a pocket ebook reader with Lexcycle’s free Stanza program, available in the iTunes App Store. Once the app is on your Touch, you can download all kinds of free books and classic works from Stanza’s online catalog. The program also lets you adjust the font size and spacing of the onscreen text to make it all easy on the eyes.
A Nano Battery Booster
Want to squeeze out all the music you can between battery charges on that new Nano? Choose Settings→Playback→Energy Saver→On. With Engery Saver on, the Nano’s battery-hogging screen gets quickly turned off when you aren’t actively clicking buttons or scrolling around menus.
Sort iTunes Music Your Way
Press Control-J (Command-J on a Mac) in iTunes to open up the View Options box—which gives you all sorts of useful columns you can add to iTunes. Some of these include Equalizer settings, Last Played, and Date Added. Click the top of any column in the iTunes window to sort your collection based on that factor. Sorting by Play Count, for example, lets you see which tunes are in heavy rotation and which songs you’ve been neglecting.
Clip and Save Time
Tired of having to go to Safari first to get to your bookmarked Web faves? The iPod Touch lets you add one-tap shortcut icons called Web Clips right to the Home screen. When you have a site you want to add, tap the + button and then on the “Add to Home Screen” button. When you tap that new icon on the Home screen, Safari opens automatically and takes you right to the part of the page that was on display when you saved it.
My Main Menu
You’re not stuck with Apple’s default items out on your iPod’s main menu screen. If you want a shortcut to your calendar, games, or other favorite destinations, add