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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your iPod touch 3
Touring Your iPod touch 3
Getting to Know the iPod touch's External Features 4
Knowing Why It's Called a Multi-Touch Interface 5
Preparing iTunes 24
Downloading and Installing iTunes on a Windows PC 25
Updating iTunes 26
Obtaining and Signing In to an iTunes Store Account . . .26
Preparing iCloud 28
Obtaining an iCloud Account 29
Configuring iCloud on a Windows PC 29
Configuring iCloud on a Mac 31

Chapter 2 Connecting to the Internet, Bluetooth Devices, and iPods/iPhones/iPads 33
Connecting an iPod touch to the Internet 34
Connecting to an Open Wi-Fi Network 34
Connecting to a Commercial Wi-Fi Network 39
Connecting to a Closed Wi-Fi Network 40
Changing Wi-Fi Networks 42
Forgetting Wi-Fi Networks 43
Connecting to Other Devices Using Bluetooth 45
Connecting to Other iPod touches, iPhones, and iPads 47

Chapter 3 Moving Audio, Video, Books, and Photos onto Your iPod touch 49
Using iTunes to Add Audio, Video, and Books onto an iPod touch 51
Importing Audio CDs to the iTunes Library 52
Purchasing Content from the iTunes Store 54
Renting Movies from the iTunes Store 59
Subscribing to Podcasts in the iTunes Store 61
Building Music Playlists 63
Building Smart Playlists 66
Moving Audio and Video from the iTunes Library onto an iPod touch 69
Using iTunes to Add Books to Your iPod touch 84
Adding Books to Your iTunes Library 84
Moving Books onto an iPod touch 86
Using iTunes to Add Photos to Your iPod touch 87
Moving Photos from a Windows PC onto an iPod touch 87
Moving Photos from a Mac to an iPod touch 88
Using the iTunes App to Add Audio and Video to an iPod touch 90
Using the iBooks App to Add Books to an iPod touch 94
Using iCloud to Add Content to Your iPod touch 99
Setting Store Preferences on Your iPod touch 99
Downloading Content You Purchased Previously 101
Using iTunes Match to Add Content to Your iPod touch 102
Configuring iTunes Match on Your Computer 103
Configuring iTunes Match on Your iPod touch 104

Chapter 4 Configuring and Synchronizing Information on an iPod touch 107
Syncing Information with iTunes 108
Using iTunes to Sync Information on Macs 109
Using iTunes to Sync Information on Windows PCs 114
Syncing Information with iCloud 117
Syncing Information with Exchange 124

Chapter 5 Listening to Music, Podcasts, and Other Audio 131
Finding and Listening to Music 131
Using the Cover Flow Browser to Find and Play Music 132
Using Playlists to Find Music 134
Using Artists to Find Music 137
Using the More Menu to Find Music 141
Searching for Music 142
Using Shared Sources to Find Music 143
Using the Genius to Find Music 145
Finding Music by Shuffling 149
Finding Music by Speaking 151
Playing Music 153
Controlling Audio Content Quickly 157
Controlling Audio When the iPod touch Is Locked 158
Controlling Audio When You Do Something Else 158
Finding and Listening to Podcasts 159
Customizing Your iPod touch for Audio 162
Configuring the Music Toolbar 162
Configuring the iPod touch's Music Settings 163
Listening to Music with iTunes Match 167

Chapter 6 Watching Movies, TV Shows, and Other Video 171
Finding and Watching Video 171
Finding Video 172
Watching Video 174
Watching Rented Video 176
Watching Video Podcasts 178
Shared Video 179
Deleting Video 180
Configuring iPod touch's Video Settings 181

Chapter 7 Surfing the Web 185
Configuring Safari Settings 186
Browsing the Web on an iPod touch 192
Moving to Websites via Bookmarks 192
Moving to Websites by Typing a URL 194
Viewing Websites 196
Searching the Web 198
Returning to Previous Websites 199
Saving and Organizing Bookmarks 201
Creating a Bookmark on the Home Screen 208
Emailing a Link to a Web Page 209
Tweeting a Web Page 210
Completing Web Forms 211
Signing In Automatically 213
Opening and Managing Multiple Web Pages at the Same Time 214
Using Safari's Reading List 217

Chapter 8 Managing Contacts 221
Configuring How Contacts Display on an iPod touch 222
Creating New Contacts While Using an iPod touch 224
Creating a Contact from an Email 225
Creating a Contact from a Map 227
Creating Contacts on an iPod touch Manually 228
Using Contacts on an iPod touch 236
Using the Contacts App 237
Using Contact Information in Other Applications 240
Changing or Deleting Contacts 241
Changing, Adding, or Removing Information for an Existing Contact Manually 241
Deleting Contacts Manually 243

Chapter 9 Emailing 245
Configuring Email Accounts on an iPod touch 246
Configuring Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, or Hotmail Email Accounts on an iPod touch Manually 247
Configuring Other Email Accounts on an iPod touch Manually 249
Performing Advanced Configuration of Email Accounts on an iPod touch 251
Configuring General Email Settings 256
Configuring How Email Is Retrieved 256
Configuring Global Email Settings 259
Managing Email Accounts 264
Changing Email Account Configurations 265
Deleting Email Accounts 266
Working with Email 267
Receiving and Reading Email 268
Sending Email 274
Replying to Email 278
Forwarding Email 280
Managing Email 283

Chapter 10 Messaging 293
Configuring the Text Tone 294
Configuring iMessaging and Message Settings 295
Sending Messages 297
Receiving and Replying to Messages 300
Working with Messages 304
Conversing with Messages 305
Including Images and Video in Conversations 307
Using Photos or Videos You Receive 309
Deleting Messages 309
Deleting a Conversation 311

Chapter 11 Managing Calendars and Time 313
Configuring an iPod touch's Calendar, Date, and Time Settings 313
Working with Calendars 324
Viewing Calendars 325
Adding Events to a Calendar Manually 329
Adding Events to the Calendar by Accepting Invitations 339
Working with Event Alarms 341
Working with Reminders 342
Creating Reminders 343
Managing Reminders 348
Using an iPod touch as a Clock 352

Chapter 12 Working with Photos and Video 359
Taking Photos with Your iPod touch 360
Taking Photos with the Camera App 360
Taking Photos Quickly 364
Taking Video with an iPod touch 365
Viewing, Editing, and Working with Photos on an iPod touch 367
Configuring Photo Settings 367
Viewing Photos Individually 368
Viewing Photos as a Slideshow 374
Editing Photos 378
Deleting Photos or Video from an iPod touch 381
Working with Photos 382
Emailing Multiple Photos 383
Assigning a Photo to a Contact 384
Using Photos as Wallpaper 386
Viewing, Editing, and Working with Video 387
Watching Video 387
Editing Video 389
Sharing Video 390
Moving Photos from Your iPod touch to a Computer 392
Moving Photos from an iPod touch to a Windows PC 392
Moving Photos from an iPod touch to a Mac 394
Working with Photo Stream 394
Configuring Your iPod touch to Access the Photo Stream 395
Accessing Your Photo Stream on Your iPod touch 396

Chapter 13 Using Cool iPod touch Apps 399
Getting Some FaceTime (4th Generation or Later) 399
Setting Up FaceTime 400
Making a FaceTime Call 403
Accepting a FaceTime Call 407
Reading Books with iBooks 407
Finding Books to Read 408
Reading Books 410
Tweeting 419
Setting Up Twitter 419
Twittering 421
Finding Your Way with Maps 424
Finding a Location by Searching 425
Using Bookmarks, Recents, or Contacts to Find a Location 427
Working with Maps 428
Getting Directions 430
Touring Other Cool iPod touch Apps 432

Chapter 14 Installing and Maintaining iPod touch Apps 435
Using iTunes to Find and Install iPod touch Apps 436
Downloading Apps from the iTunes Store 436
Moving Apps from an iTunes Library onto Your iPod touch 439
Using the App Store App to Find and Install iPod touch Apps 440
Maintaining iPod Touch Apps 446

Chapter 15 Customizing an iPod touch 451
Customizing Your Home Screens 452
Using the iPod touch to Customize Your Home Screens 452
Using iTunes to Customize Your Home Screens 457
Accessing iPod touch Settings 462
Using Airplane Mode .463
Configuring and Working with Notifications 464
Configuring Notifications 466
Working with Notifications 468
Working with the Notification Center 469
Configuring General Sound Settings 470
Setting Screen Brightness 471
Setting Wallpaper 471
Configuring Other General Settings 474
Getting Information about an iPod touch 474
Configuring Location Services 478
Securing Your iPod touch 480
Configuring Search Options 495
Configuring the Keyboard 496

Chapter 16 Maintaining an iPod touch and Solving Problems 501
Maintaining an iPod touch 501
Maintaining iTunes 502
Maintaining an iPod touch's Software with the Settings App 504
Maintaining an iPod touch's Software with iTunes 505
Maintaining an iPod touch's Power 507
Solving iPod touch Problems 508
Restarting Your iPod touch 508
Restarting the Computer and iTunes 508
Resetting Your iPod touch 509
Restoring an iPod touch 512
Reinstalling iTunes 514
Getting Help with iPod touch Problems 515

Index 517

About the Author

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being the amazing "i" gadgets, iPhone and iPod touch, that make it possible to take our lives with us while we are on the move. In addition to My iPhone,4th Edition, Brad has written many other books, includingSams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion; Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes; My iPhone, 5th Edition; iPhoto '11 Portable Genius; and MacBook Pro Portable Genius, 3rd Edition. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor for more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

In addition to his passion for silicon-based technology, Brad likes to ride his steel-based technology, aka, a motorcycle, whenever and wherever possible. He is also active building and flying radio-controlled aircraft.

Originally from California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with his wife Amy; their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; a rabbit; and a sometimes inside cat.

Brad would love to hear about your experiences with this book (the good, the bad, and the ugly).You can write to him at

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