Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads: for Windows Users

Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads: for Windows Users


Charles Brett

This ehandbook will be published in March 2011 at a price of US$7.50. Further details are as described below. If you would like to receive information about availability and when it is published, please email: requestbookinfo@c3bconsulting.com

This ‘ehandbook’ is derived from the author’s personal experiences as a willing user of Windows and an equally willing user of the iPhone and of the iPad – but an ever more unwilling user of iTunes and Apple’s apparent philosophy (of “Apple Knows What Is Best For You (Not You)). His experiences have thrown up issues and problems which he has found difficult to solve or even to understand, in spite of spending much time researching possible solutions as well as using Apple’s own resources, the Internet and various books. This has been all the more frustrating for the author because he has spent more than 25 years assisting clients with technology – explaining it as well as solving problems.

This ehandbook is not intended to be either a comprehensive guide to using any of the iPhone, iPad, iTunes nor to Windows. Instead it for Windows users who find themselves frustrated when using their iPhone or iPad with iTunes. Its purpose is to try to explain and, where possible, show how various activities that Windows users might expect to do in a simple manner can be performed with or for an iPhone or iPad when connected to iTunes..

A key aspect within this is understanding how Apple sees its iTunes Store as a huge distribution hub for selling digital content. You may think your iPhone or Pad (or iPod or even Apple TV) are the center of your universe but you will discover that these are not regarded by Apple as self-standing or self-supporting devices – but ‘merely’ as users of its digital warehouse.

The ehandbook also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of going beyond iTunes – where you decide if you wish to break out of Apple’s constraints by ‘jailbreaking’ your iPhone and/or iPad and in so doing move beyond Apple’s chains as well as how you can start to do this.

Intended audience

The primary audience for this ehandbook is that group of people who have an iPhone and/or iPad who also run iTunes on Microsoft’s Windows. The focus is on Windows users (though the contents may also be of use to OS X users.)


Part I Introduction and rationale

  • hapter 1 Why write this ehandbook?
  • Chapter 2 Why read or use this ehandbook?
  • Chapter 3 How to use this handbook’s content

Part II Understanding key concepts

  • Chapter 4 AKWIBFY(NY) or ‘Apple knows what is best for you (not you)’
  • Chapter 5 The world of iTunes and its ecosystem
  • Chapter 6 The world of the iTunes Store and Accounts
  • Chapter 7 iTunes licensing and Digital Rights Management
  • Chapter 8 iTunes is both Apple’s bully as well as jailer

Part III Describing and addressing common problems

  • Chapter 9 SIM and MicroSIM cards
  • Chapter 10 Copying or moving data to/from SIM and MicroSIM cards
  • Chapter 11 To iTunes, computers and devices are not the same
  • Chapter 12 Sync and Backup
  • Chapter 13 Backing up your iTunes on Windows backups
  • Chapter 14 Files, filing and locations

Part IV So you want to upgrade to a new iPhone/iPad

  • Chapter 15 What you need to consider
  • Chapter 16 Keeping your old iPhone or iPad
  • Chapter 17 Giving your old iPhone or iPad to someone else
  • Chapter 18 Selling or disposing of your iPhone or iPad
  • Chapter 19 Had you jailbroken your iPhone or iPad, and other implications?

Part V ebooks, epublications and your own elibrary(ies)

  • Chapter 20 Background – publishing constraints from the past
  • Chapter 21 ereaders, ebooks and epublications
  • Chapter 22 ebooks, DRM and your own elibrary(ies)
  • Chapter 23 Lending ebooks

Part VI Escaping Apple’s closed environment (‘jailbreaking’)

  • Chapter 24 Unlocking and jailbreaking – an introduction
  • Chapter 25 Why might you want, or not want, to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad?
  • Chapter 26 How do you jailbreak an iPhone or iPad?


A Easily forgotten actions

  • Restore/update iOS from designated locations on a Windows Computer (iPhone and iPad)
  • Rename iPhones or iPads
  • Copy Contacts from SIM to iPhone or iPad
  • Copy Contacts from iPhone to SIM
  • Reset an iPhone or iPad
  • Capture an image from iPhone or iPad screen
  • Force the exit of an application/usage on an iPhone or iPad
  • Restart on an iPhone or iPad
  • Force a restart of an iPhone or iPad
  • Force an iPhone or iPad into Recovery mode
  • Erase an iPhone or iPad (completely)

B iTunes, Operating Systems and Multitasking

C ehandbook conventions

D Beware: iPhones and iPads have moisture sensors

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