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Chapter 7. iPod as Address Book > Introduction to the iPod Address Book

7.1. Introduction to the iPod Address Book

Before Apple incorporated the Contacts program into the iPod's software, people went through all kinds of contortions to get their address lists onto the music player. They went so far as to create short, silent MP3 files, named "Bob Smith" from the album "(212) 523-1522" recorded by the artist "23 Broadway, New York, NY 10023," just so that they could look up their phone numbers. Shareware wizards rode to the rescue, but using the iPod as a little black book was still an exercise for geeks. (See the end of this chapter for more about organizer software for the iPod.)

But starting with iPod software version 1.1, all of the extraneous hassle went away. In most cases, you can simply export the contacts list from Palm Desktop, Entourage, Outlook, or another compatible program, and then drag the exported file into the iPod's Contacts folder. Presto: You've got your friends and associates listed right there alongside your Rolling Stones and Little Walter albums. Your little white box is now a little black book.


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