Picks and Pans Review: Music Guides for Every iPod

UPDATED 07/03/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/03/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Forget worrying about getting into that bikini this summer: It's time to get your iPod in serious shape. Here are five books that will load you up with hot tunes.

THE ROUGH GUIDE BOOK OF PLAYLISTS
Fun categories such as "Knocked down, but I get up again" ("I Will Survive," "Take This Job and Shove It"), as well as cool playlists from music icons like Elvis Costello and Al Green.

WORLD CAFE PLAYLIST HANDBOOK: MUSIC MIXES FOR ALL OCCASIONS AND STYLES
This tiny guide is big on often zany playlists from Philadelphia radio personality David Dye and the staff of WXPN.

THE POCKET DJ: ULTRAGRRRL'S GUIDE TO BUILDING THE BEST MUSIC LIBRARY
Ultra-groovy playlists like "Songs to Tune Out Your Chatty Coworkers" and "Five A.M. and I Need to Sleep Mix" will rock your iPod.

MUSIC LUST: RECOMMENDED LISTENING FOR EVERY MOOD, MOMENT, AND REASON
The best of pop, rock, jazz and everything in between, as smartly done by nationally syndicated radio host Nic Harcourt.

POCKIT ROCKIT: MUSIC FINDER 2.0
Recommendations are made simple in this guide, which handily points you in the direction of music that suits your tastes.

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