Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, TechHive

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He also runs Kirk's iTunes Forum, where users can discuss iTunes, iOS devices, music, and more. Kirk is the author of Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ.

Three-Minute Tech: Electrophoretic ink

The electrophoretic ink technology used in today's e-readers is pretty cool.

Move iTunes media files to other locations with TuneSpan

TuneSpan lets you move parts of your iTunes library to other hard drives, but still use the content for playback and syncing as usual. Kirk McElhearn walks you through how to use it.

Three-Minute Tech: Speakers

We often take it for granted that sound just comes out of speakers, but how they work is interesting -- and important to their placement.

Three-Minute Tech: How noise-canceling headphones work

In this installment of our Three-Minute Tech series, Kirk McElhearn shows how noise-canceling headphones work.

Classical music downloads spearhead changes in digital music pricing

Low-price EMI Beethoven set on the iTunes Store shows the power of downloadable music.

Backgammon NJ and FaceMe Backgammon for iPhone and iPad

Kirk McElhearn has tried out a number of iOS backgammon apps. But only Backgammon NJ and FaceMe Backgammon stand out from the crowd.

Byword for iPhone and iPad

The iOS version of this Markdown editor offers some interesting features, most notably a row of quick formatting options and arrow keys well-suited for the touchscreen interface of your iOS device. But its font limitations may be problematic to some users.

Buying guide: Microphones for speech recognition

Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.