Digital music players are the transistor radios of today's generation. They store music in a cigarette packsized box, letting you stuff thousands of songs into your pocket. Plug a pair of headphones into the earphone jack, and you have enough music to ride the subway for, say, two days without repeating a tune.
This chapter describes the Apple iPod (and its various subspecies) and competing players made by Creative Labs and other companies. You'll learn how to connect the players to your PC using either iTunes or Windows Media Playertwo of the most popular and easy-to-use music jukebox programs. Finally, you'll find out how to copy music to your digital music player and, if it has the capacity, how to use it for taking your contacts, calendar, and notes on the road.