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.

Review: Dragon Dictate 3 sharpens speech recognition, learns transcription

The latest version of Nuance's speech recognition program for Mac features a new transcription feature that users have been waiting for.

More iTunes Store questions

The iTunes Guy answers questions about iTunes Store accounts, Apple IDs, and managing artist alerts.

Mac Gems: Fission 2 is a powerful but easy-to-use audio editor

If you're an audio pro, you've surely got multiple programs with powerful audio-editing features (and, likely, steep learning curves). For the rest of us, Fission makes it easy to perform the most common kinds of audio-file edits, including trimming songs, splicing tracks, editing voice recordings, fading tracks in or out, and creating ringtones.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Manipulating files

The iTunes Guy answers questions about importing and converting audio.

Create reminders when you aren't in Reminders

It's annoying that Mountain Lion has no built-in way to create new reminders without launching the Reminders app. But you can set up that capability yourself, with an Automator workflow and a keyboard shortcut

Posts for iPad

If you need to write and post to a blog when you're out and about, Posts is a well-designed app that's of particular value for managing blogs.

Shrink Preview files without ruining image quality

You may know that you can reduce the size of PDFs and JPG files by exporting them in Preview and applying a Quartz filter. But you probably don't know that you can customize those filters to improve image quality while still making smaller files.

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes tips 101

The iTunes Guy answers questions about importing and converting audio.

Find out what's keeping your Mac awake

Sometimes selecting Sleep from the Apple menu doesn't do anything. In that case, there's a Terminal command that'll tell you which processes are keeping your Mac awake.

Three apps for listening to streaming radio on your iOS device

Internet radio stations are easy to access via iTunes, but no so on iOS devices. These apps might be just what you're looking for.

Adjust file data and labels with A Better Finder Attributes 5

Use A Better Finder Attributes to change certain Finder attributes on specific files, like the creation or modification dates.

Quick Look in Messages, renaming Safari bookmarks

Two quick tips for Mountain Lion, one for previewing graphics in the new Messages app, the other for quickly renaming bookmarks in Safari.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Converting music files

The iTunes Guy answers questions about importing and converting audio.

Encrypt any disk in Mountain Lion

One of the more interesting (and less visible) new features in Mountain Lion is the ability to encrypt almost any disk, even simple USB flash drives. Here's how to access this hidden option.

How to save search URLs in Safari 6

The version of Safari that comes with OS X Mountain Lion has a new unified search-address field. That can be a big convenience, but it can also be a problem if you want to copy or save the URL of a Google search; the URL doesn't appear in the search-address field, only the search term. But Dan Frakes and others figured out some fixes for that.