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.

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.

Apple and the incredible vanishing CD drive

With the latest iMac and Retina MacBook Pro models, Apple is slowly killing off the optical drive on Macs. What does it mean for music and movie fans?

File formats, file editing, and podcasts

This week Kirk looks at a number of questions about splitting audio files, which file format to use for ripping CDs, and updating podcasts, as well as share a tip for live performers who use music in their iTunes libraries.

Eight ways to connect to a server

Most of us have to connect to a server every day to access files and to share them with others. But do you know the quickest and most convenient way? Kirk McElhearn walks through eight options for performing this critical task.

Mac Gems: Write 2 offers advanced word-processing features, minimalist interface

Write 2 can't do quite as much as Microsoft Word, but most users will find Write 2 to meet all of their word-processing needs while maintaining an easy-to-use, minimalist interface.

How to share documents with iCloud

Apple's iCloud service brings the dream of anytime, anywhere access to documents that much closer to reality. But the service also has limitations. Here's how to work around them.

Best ways to listen to podcasts in iOS 6

Enjoying podcasts in iOS 6 can be tricky. Kirk McElhearn explains how to best use (or not use, in some cases) Apple's Podcasts app.

More iTunes 101

The iTunes Guy answers questions about tagging songs by year, moving an iTunes library, making playlists from folders, and more.