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Taking Your Music with You

Now that you have thousands of songs on your computer and you can find them easily, you're going to want them with you all the time. You could burn a thousand CDs, but you won't want to carry them around with you! (If you did, you'd need to work out and get some Arnold biceps to carry that lot.) Since that's not the best option, consider purchasing the iTunes hardware partner: iPod.

iPod is basically a souped-up hard drive that plays back music. What makes the tool so powerful is that, like iTunes, it is really easy to use. At first blush, the iPod has only a screen, four buttons, and a dial. You will not see an on/off button, and there is no stop button or scrollbar. This is very minimalist, but the advantage you gain is that the iPod is very easy to learn. You just select what you want with the dial in the center of the iPod. The new iPods come with 20Gb, and 40Gb hard-drive spaces. The snazzy iPod Photo ships with 40Gb and 60Gb. These will hold anywhere from 2,500 to more than 15,000 songs. The new iPod Mini is a 4Gb hard drive that holds 1,000 songs.

The cool thing about your iPod is that, in reality, it is a hard drive. This means you can store all kinds of files on it. You'll find special folders for iCal-formatted Calendar/Task information, where you can store contact information and notes. You can even use the hard drive to store images and any other type of data.

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