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.

The Five Most Underused Finder Tools

Looking for some quick time-savers? Chances are you don't need to hunt down a new utility, you just need to take advantage of...

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Adjust the Volume of ITunes and IPod Tracks

If you listen to your music randomly--using the shuffle songs function in iTunes or on an iPod, or with the iTunes DJ...

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Get the Most out of Finder Views

One program every Mac owner uses is the Finder. It’s your Mac’s filing system, organizational structure, and overseer. We all...

Back up Media Files

As time goes by, most of us accumulate an increasing number of media files. Music, videos, and audiobooks add up to make an...

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Troubleshooting OS X Start-ups

Your Mac was running fine. It started up quickly, it was zippy when you worked and snappy when you played. But suddenly...

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The Future of CDs

I've got lots of CDs. Thousands of them. But when I look at the wall of discs in my home-office, I see the past; I see...

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A Salmagundi of Smart Playlists

Playlists are the heart of iTunes and the iPod's advanced playback features, and smart playlists are the quintessence of...

MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1

MacSpeech Dictate is the first speech recognition program for the Mac that offers recognition as good as similar Windows...

Convert ITunes Store Music Files

One of the biggest announcements made by Apple during the recent Macworld Expo was the news that, soon, all music sold by the...

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Upgrading to ITunes Plus: Why the Hassle?

At the end of Tuesday's lackluster Macworld Expo keynote address, Phil Schiller, filling in for Steve Jobs, had one last thing...

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Sync Multiple IPods to One Mac

When you're alone with your iPod and your Mac, it's easy to manage your library and sync your music, videos, audiobooks and...

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Copy Tags to Other Music Tracks

When you by a new CD and slip it into your computer's optical drive to rip it, iTunes automatically queries an Internet-based...

Trimming Your Music Tracks

While most of the music you rip with iTunes is ready for listening right away, some tracks can contain extraneous sounds or...

Ripping and Playing Audiobooks

Audiobooks have become increasingly popular as digital music players such as the iPod have become commonplace. While it's...

How to Add Network-attached Storage

As more homes get multiple computers, more homes need some type of network storage. With network storage, you can share music...