Torn between the iBook and the PowerBook ? Do you love the Mac mini but feel tempted by the greatness of the Power Mac ? And what about the iMac ? Macs might be easy to use, but figuring out which one to buy? That’s another challenge entirely.

Which is where Adam C. Engst comes in. The TidBits publisher and Macworld contributing editor has written Take Control of Buying a Mac , a $5 electronic book from TidBits Electronic Publishing that aims to take the confusion out of buying the right Mac for your needs. For this podcast, Adam and I talk about the book, which you’ll find excerpted in the October 2005 issue of Macworld .

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Show Notes

You can read an excerpt from Take Control of Buying a Mac in our October 2005 issue. You can also purchase the complete book here.

Macworld has run a number of excerpts from TidBits’ Take Control series, including:

•  Take Control of Customizing Tiger;

•  Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger;

•  Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand; and

•  Take Control of Mac OS X Backups , Part One and Part Two.

During the podcast, Adam mentions a few of his favorite backup hard drives.

I talk about the iPod nano at the beginning of the podcast; read Playlist ’s review of the new music player.

Music Credits: “Basic” by Epicte the Elemental. Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him at epicte@gmail.com.

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