The Essential Guide for iPod and Other Portable Music Players. This book is the perfect companion handbook for an iPod or other portable MP3 player. It lists over 14, 000 significant songs and essential hits of the past half-century, from 1955 to the present. Joel Whitburn and Record Research have been highlighting the hits, archiving the artists, tracking the trends longer and more definitively than anyone else in the business, so there's no better sources to bring you the book on the hottest new trend in recorded music! This is the only guide that lists the biggest hits and the greatest artists for those music genres, all shown in an easy-to-use A-Z artist listing. There's also a convenient A-Z song title cross-reference section and playlists of each half-decade's biggest hits. It also includes complete playlist compilation suggestions for many types of events, activities and moods, including road trips, stadium/sports, weddings, workouts, Christmas, and various musical genres, including British Invasion, surf/hot rod, Motown sound, new wave/punk, dance party, classic rock, and much more. Here are my personal playlist picks for your portable MP3 players, the must-have tracks for every artist of the last 50 years. Dive in, download, and enjoy!, Joel Whitburn. ©2005, 286 pages.