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.

Creating complex smart playlists in iTunes

In this week's column, I answer three questions to show just how complex smart playlists can be.

iTunes Match: another neglected Apple service

iTunes Match should be mature by now, but Kirk McElhearn points out that the service doesn't live up to expectations.

Four apps for making ambient music on your iOS device

When you get tired of just listening to music on your iOS device, why not try creating some with these four generative music apps for iPhone and/or iPad.

Renaming files, wireless syncing, and matching music ripped from vinyl

In this week's installment, the iTunes Guy looks at renaming files, syncing iOS devices wirelessly, matching music ripped from vinyl, and a couple of questions about tags and file names.

Control Time Machine from the command line

Whether you manage remote Macs or just love delving into the nitty-gritty, you need to know about this command-line tool for Time Machine.

Six ways to master the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store

Here are a six tips for using a Web browser to access the stores more quickly and efficiently.

Find missing podcast playlists, replace converted songs in playlists, and more

Sometimes the iTunes Guy gets questions where the only answer is, "sorry, you can't". This week's column covers a couple of questions with no solutions, along with some that do have answers. Learn about finding missing podcast playlists, replacing converted songs in their playlists, and more.

Search and ye shall find (maybe): Apple's Spotlight needs an overhaul

Everyone needs to search for files on their Mac. Kirk McElhearn thinks it's time for Apple to improve Spotlight so users can easily find the files they want.

Wish lists, upcoming-track alerts, adding comments to multiple tracks, and more

This week I answer a couple of questions about the iTunes Store, explain how to add comments to multiple tracks at once, and discuss the useful Skip When Shuffling tag. And I also reveal a way to have iTunes announce what track is about to be played.

Why you should use Mountain Lion's Spaces

Mountain Lion's Spaces can make you more productive and efficient. Kirk McElhearn looks at why you should use Spaces, and how it can simplify your computing tasks.

Stop drowning in apps

Your Mac, your iPad, your iPhone--are they all drowning in apps? If you can barely navigate your home screen, it may be time to find and delete apps you don't use often.

Crossing borders with the iTunes Store

Kirk McElhearn discovers that when he moves to a new country, it's not that simple to move his iTunes Store and Mac App Store content with him.

Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

Looking for the way to join tracks when you rip CDs with iTunes 11? Need to know how to get tracks into playlists quickly? What about iTunes Store device limits and gifting apps? All this and more in this week's column.

Why iOS needs support for multiple accounts

The Mac has had support for multiple accounts for years. Kirk McElhearn argues that iOS needs that support, too.

Getting to know iTunes 11's Up Next player

One of the marquee features of iTunes 11 is Up Next, a new way to queue up songs for your listening sessions. Radically different from iTunes DJ, which this feature replaces, it can be a bit complex. Here's a look at how to get the most out of Up Next.