With tutorials, exclusive sneak peeks, and ratings of over 500 iPods and accessories, free book by award-winning site is a must-read for current and prospective iPod owners.
In a bold expansion of its series of all-digital publications, leading independent iPod and iTunes resource iLounge.com today announced immediate availability of “The Free iPod Book,” an incredible new resource for current and prospective iPod owners.
“We want to serve as many of our readers’ needs as possible,” explained Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief of iLounge. “We publish the world’s leading iPod web site and Buyers’ Guides. With students heading into the Back to School season, today is the perfect day to release an equally exciting and educational iPod book.”
Recently named a “Forbes Favorite” on Forbes’ 2005 Best of the Web rankings, iLounge has been described as “the ultimate in product reviews and tutorials on all things iPod,” and was similarly ranked in 2004 as one of Time Magazine’s 50 top web sites. Its Buyers’ Guides have been downloaded over 750,000 times directly from iLounge.com and its predecessor site iPodlounge.com.
Over 140 pages long, the Free iPod Book offers a broad-sweeping, independent look at all things iPod and iTunes. Its Back to School content begins with a stunning gallery of upcoming iPod accessories, including seven never before seen products from leading iPod accessory makers Belkin, Griffin Technology, JBL and Sumo Design, as well as iPod economy newcomers Blumac and Oregon Scientific. Ratings of over 500 iPods and accessories appear in the Book, as well as capsule summary reviews of the most exciting iPod accessories released over the last four months.
With more than 80 pages of easy-to-follow tutorials, the Book provides a birth to death and rebirth guide to the iPod, as well as 101 pithy tips for Apple’s popular iTunes music management software. Current iPod owners can learn how to repair, customize, and get the most money for their used iPods, while new and previous iPod buyers get help selecting the best current models for their personal needs. The world’s first yellow pages of leading iPod product and service providers is also compiled in the Book for easy reference as “The iPod Directory.”
The Book also includes a tremendous collection of reader-submitted photography, including winning submissions to iLounge’s $1500 iPod World Flags contest, which was sponsored in part by leading earphone maker Shure. One winning entry received an Apple Mac mini computer and top-of-the-line Shure E5c headphones, while second and third place entries received Shure E4c and E3c headphones. A new Search for iPod Trivia contest sponsored by famed speaker maker Klipsch is debuted inside, with three premium Klipsch iFi speaker systems offered to lucky winners.
“Our goal is to continue to provide the best possible iPod and iTunes information to our readers without charge,” explained Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of iLounge. “We’ve again used Adobe’s open PDF format, which runs on any computer, and is equally great for on-screen or printed reading. Downloads from our site are both free, and hassle-free. And of course, because we want to promote responsible use of file-sharing networks, we continue to welcome peer-to-peer and distributed sharing of the Book on a non-profit basis, and encourage our readers to e-mail or transfer copies to their friends and family members.”
Downloads of The Free iPod Book are available from www.ilounge.com/book/ .