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.

iTunes 11: Miniplayer and Up Next tips

How to make the Miniplayer appear even with iTunes is in full-screen mode, and a two ways to add tracks to Up Next.

In depth with iTunes 11's MiniPlayer

One of the big changes in iTunes 11 is the new MiniPlayer. In addition to being a control center for playing your music, you can also use it to search for songs, playlists, and more, and to access the Up Next queue. Here’s how you can get the most out of the iTunes MiniPlayer.

iTunes 11: What's missing, what's changed

We've gotten a lot of questions about iTunes 11, since its release two weeks ago. In this week's column, I address some of the most common questions about iTunes 11, about what's missing, and what's changed.

Navigate iTunes 11 from the keyboard

One Hints reader found some nifty keyboard shortcuts for moving from one section of your library to another.

Understanding the new views in iTunes 11

iTunes 11 introduces a number of changes to the way you view the content in your media library. Kirk McElhearn gives an overview of the different views.

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.

Q&A: Mountain Lion’s notifications

Love them or hate them, notifications are now a core feature of OS X. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about using these alerts and reminders.

Home Sharing, tag editing, iTunes U, and more

In this week's column, we look at five very different questions. Read about sharing your iTunes library at home and splitting it when two people part ways. Find out how to add descriptions to TV episodes, sort iTunes U course and listen to podcasts on your Mac at different speeds.

Review: WordPress for iOS stands out for bloggers on the go

If you're one of the millions who runs a WordPress blog, this iPhone and iPad app offers a much better way to manage things than using a mobile browser.

Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate

When it comes to dictating to your Mac, you have two great alternatives: The Dictation tools built into OS X Mountain Lion and Nuance's Dragon Dictate. Kirk McElhearn explains which tool is right for different users and different uses.

iTunes Store authorization, library splitting, and more

In this week's column, I look at iTunes Store authorization issues, how to get albums to stay together, a question about working with artwork, and how to split your iTunes library.

iTunes Match: One year in

Apple's iTunes Match music service came out one year ago. Kirk McElhearn offers a status report and wishlist for improvements.

Review: Netatmo Weather Station and your iOS device let you monitor the weather

The Netatmo Weather Station is pricey, but it's a very slick device that lets you monitor your hyper-local weather conditions from your iOS devices. With modern design, good accuracy, and an easy-to-use iOS app, it makes it simple and fun to check the current weather, as well as to record and view weather data over time.

The iTunes Store and Apple IDs

In this week’s Ask the iTunes Guy column, we look at a number of questions related to the iTunes Store and Apple IDs, and one question about a problem with iTunes launching at startup.

How to use transcription with Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Kirk McElhearn takes a close look at how the new transcription feature works in Dragon Dictate.