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.

Mac Gems: TextExpander 4 extends its fill-in functionality

In version 4, the venerable text-expansion utility TextExpander gains advanced fill-in features, better performance, and some fine tuning.

Review: Philips SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer comfort and good sound

Philips’s SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer a nice balance between comfort and good sound, and the inclusion of a wired option is handy for those times you forget to charge. However, the SHB9100 isn't for you if you depend on your Bluetooth headset for making phone calls.

Keep track of important messages with Mail's VIPs

If you get a lot of email, you know how hard it can be to spot messages from friends and family, or from your most important contacts. Mail's new VIPs feature can help whether you're using your Mac, iOS device, or iCloud mail.

Printing playlists, displaying bit rates, and shuffling music

This week I look at queries about printing playlists, which device to use for streaming music, displaying bit rates, and playing music in shuffle mode.

New year's resolution: A clean Mac

Simple ways to banish grunge, dirt, and dust bunnies from your computer and peripherals

New Year's resolution: Vanquish technology vices

Kick bad technology habits in the new year with these tips from Kirk McElhearn.

iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations

In the last 'Ask the iTunes Guy' column of the year, I discuss turning on Grid View in playlists, making playlists from folders of songs, adding tags to your tracks, and identifying the duration of selected tracks in iTunes 11.

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.