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.

Rip Audio Tracks From Your DVDs

If you're a music fan, you probably have a number of DVDs of concerts by your favorite artists. And you may want to listen to the music from these DVDs, say, on...

IPad Needs to Focus on Multitasking, Multiple Users

With the hullabaloo over the announcement of the iPad in the not-too-distant past, I've been thinking about what we were shown in Steve Jobs' presentation of the...

Get Quick Access to Recently Used Items

Your Mac is full of files, folders, and applications, and it's always an annoyance to spend time looking for the items you need. OS X offers many tools (for...

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'Lost' Is Found Early on France's ITunes

TV shows are created in one country (usually the United States) but air in many others as well. The problem is that there are usually long delays due to...

Why Apple Chose the IPad's Screen Format

We're all used to wide screens these days: on our computers, TVs and even our iPhones. All Macs today come with 16:10 screens; HD TV screens are 16:9; and...

Five System Preference Tweaks Everyone Should Know

Mac OS X's System Preferences program is the one-stop shop for customizing many aspects of your operating system. Open System Preferences by choosing Apple menu...

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The IPad Is Cool -- but Where's the Dvorak Keyboard?

I'm impressed by the iPad. It has just about everything I want, and most of what I expected. (Wednesday morning, I wrote a post on my blog Kirkville with my...

What an Apple Tablet Would Mean for Publishing

Should Steve Jobs introduce Apple's tablet (the iPad, iSlate, iTablet, or perhaps iBook) at the company's press event on Wednesday, the device will likely...

Create Playlists on Your IPod or IPhone

So you've just ripped some new CDs, bought some music on iTunes, or added songs you got from somewhere else to your iTunes library. But you're late for work, and...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic

Let me begin by saying that I am not--and have never been--a member of the cult of the audiophile. While I love music (current iTunes library: 48,000 tracks)...

Six Uses for a Dead IPod

Nothing lasts forever, and iPods are no exception. Like all electronic devices, your iPod will eventually take a trip to the big Apple Store in the sky. But that...

Four Essential PDF Tips for Snow Leopard

PDF files are practical and easy to work with, not only because they retain the layout of your documents, but also because users on any platform can view them...

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Classical Music Downloads Come of Age

While classical music fans have hesitated getting into the download market, the elimination of DRM and the increased file bit rates now offer some good reasons...

MacSpeech Dictate International 1.5

It has been nearly two years since we first reviewed the MacSpeech Dictate speech-recognition program. At the time, the program was relatively new, being pretty...

ITunes Compilations: What Holds Them Together?

When you rip a CD in iTunes--or when you buy an album from the iTunes Store, Amazon, or other vendor--there are a number of tags you can set, such as the album...

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