I recommend the MissingManual Ipod/Itunes book. It gives you the basics along with some of the more esoteric uses. Some of the reviews vary on Amazon, so maybe you would want to flip through it at a bookstore or a library to see if it fits your needs first before . If you want to fully maximize the ipod for music, I think you can't go wrong. FWIW, I gave it to my gf when she got her ipod over christmas and it helped her get up and running in no time.