Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.

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BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?

There's clearly a problem, but no one company deserves all the blame.


7 dictionary and reference apps that are not just for students

These wiki-tools, thesauruses, and word games make awesome tools for use inside and out of the classroom.


Travel tips: what you can't leave behind

Planning on traveling during the holidays? Then you'll need to decide which of your tech gadgets you need to bring along. Here's how to figure that out.


Review: iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users

iTunes 11 brings cool new features such as Up Next, a refreshed interface, and an improved MiniPlayer. But longtime users may find the changes (and some omissions) a bit disconcerting.


Understanding ITunes' Sorting Tags

iTunes lets you apply and edit information about your content; this metadata is called "tags." Tags include the name of an item, its creator (or artist), an...


ITunes 10.0.1 Updates Ping, More

On Friday Apple released iTunes 10.0.1, fixing a few bugs, but above all updating the Ping musical social network introduced in iTunes 10.

Organize Playlists in ITunes

iTunes playlists are a great way to group music (songs, bands, custom mixes) and other media for quick access and playback, or for selectively syncing content to...


First Look: ITunes 10

It's become a tradition in recent years: to coincide with Apple's September music event, where new iPods and related hardware are presented, iTunes increases its...


Where Should ITunes Go Next?

With the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 fast approaching, Apple released iTunes 9.2 on Wednesday to provide support for the new phone and OS.


Move Files Between Your IPad and Mac

So you've got your iPad and some productivity apps (like Pages, Numbers and Keynote), and you want to start being productive. The first thing you need to do is...

LaunchBar 5.0.2

At its simplest, LaunchBar is an application launcher: you press a keyboard shortcut (Command-Space by default) and type a few letters of the name of the item...

TypeIt4Me 5.0

First released back in 1989, TypeIt4Me is one of the most enduring of Mac utilities. It's been three years since we reviewed it. Since then, it's gone up a...

TextExpander 3.0

TextExpander is one of several Mac OS X utilities that make typing easier, by letting you assign abbreviations to blocks of frequently used text--URLs...