It is fall again, the traditional time for students to pick up their books and head back to school. When I was a student books were in paper format, with covers and bindings, and margins you could write in. Today it is not unusual for books to be on CD, and computers are needed to read and study them. It makes for easy storage, but writing on the margins can be a real chore. Entertainment for students has changed as well. I can remember sneaking in a transistor radio so I could listen to the World Series (that was when the games were broadcast during the day). Today, students have other entertainment options that are available to them, most of which are used to help study, or pass the time while studying. One of the most popular items is the iPod by Apple Computers. Many colleges are providing them to students for use in their classes. Podcasting has become a very popular way to disseminate lectures and other information. Today’s Family First Site features a guide to iPods, and how they can be used in an educational environment.
The name of the site is the free iPod book & back to school guide. It has been put together by iLounge, a user-operated website that rate high on my list of unofficial iPod sites. This free book is 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 their last Guide, as well as a ratings table for the 500 total iPods and accessories they have reviewed.
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.
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 Amazon.com, 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.
There is even a trivia contest, with a chance to win one of three Klipsch iFi speaker systems (retail value: $399.99 each).
There are two versions of the book available, one that is designed for viewing on the computer, and a second for printing out to hard copy. The information contained in the book is valuable, both to long time iPod owners or prospective buyers. The quality of the reviews is excellent, as is the subjects that are reivewed. So if you, or someone you know, is contemplating an iPod purchase, do them a favor and point them to this free book. There is a hypertext link in the review that makes it a simple process. It will help them to make an informed purchase.