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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

This book wouldn't be in your hands if not for the hard work and care of the following individuals.

At Peachpit Press: My editor and pal, Nancy Peterson (who, in addition to making sense of my nonsense, laughs at my goat jokes); Cliff Colby (who edited a fair chunk of the first edition and proffered the original idea for an iPod book); Marjorie Baer (who gave the green light for the first edition); Rebecca Ross (who handled the contract negotiations with such aplomb); Nancy Ruenzel (Peachpit's publisher, who signed off on yet another go-round of this book and was good enough to break her iPod and, thus, provide me with another story to tell in Chapter 9); Kathy Simpson (who copyedited all five editions of the book and made some brilliant catches); Simmy Cover (who stepped in to coordinate production of the book); Kim Lombardi (who is a book-promoting machine); Kelly Ryer (iPod pioneer who asked all the right questions); and Rick Gordon for his expertise in laying out the book's pages.

At home: My wife, Claire, who once again kept the other parts of our lives together while I applied nose to grindstone in the basement; and the boys of System 9 for being such groovy cats.

Abroad: Useful Apple folks include Stan Ng, the iPod product manager; and Keri Walker, Queen of Review Units, who not only saw to it that I received the iPod test units I needed, but also was very forgiving when, a couple of years ago, I admitted to her that I'd intentionally destroyed one of her beta units. Leo Laporte for helping me shamelessly plug this book on TechTV's now-deceased airwaves. I must also tip my fedora to the many vendors who supplied the swag…er, test units of the products mentioned in these pages: Altec Lansing, Belkin, Dr. Bott, Future Sonics, Griffin Technology, Now Software, Joe Masters (EphPod), Mediafour, Red Chair Software, SiK Inc., Waterfield Designs, Incase, Design Group, and XtremeMac. Sam Braff for coming through in a pinch. My partners in crime at PlaylistMag.com: Dan Frakes, Jason Snell, and Rick LePage. Finally, of course, the designers behind the iPod and iTunes. They just get better and better!

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