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Chapter 1. Start Here > Get to Know the iPod Interface

Get to Know the iPod Interface

In a world where clumsy, difficult-to-navigate MP3 players have been commonplace, the iPod—when it was released—was a much-needed breath of fresh air. Billed since the beginning as “iTunes to Go,” the iPod presented a synthesis of iTunes' sensible organizational structure and a navigation system that worked with a human being's hand rather than rebelling against it. The revolutionary navigation wheel is several controls in one: someone who has never seen an iPod before might wonder where all the directional buttons and volume controls are; they're all incorporated into the wheel. While you're navigating the menus, the wheel moves the selection bar up and down, and the Select button chooses an option. When a song is playing, the wheel adjusts the volume. Additional wheel functions, such as seeking to a point within a song, are accessed by pressing the Select button one or more times to change the mode and then turning the wheel.

Slide your finger or thumb in a circle on the wheel surface to navigate through the menu systems and control the volume. Press the Select button in the center to make a selection.


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