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.

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FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid review: One of the finest mics available for dictation on your Mac

Despite some comfort issues, the FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid's accuracy makes it an ideal mic for Dragon Dictate.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to speed up iTunes, Safari, and more

If you do the same things over and over, day after day, why not automate them using tools like Keyboard Maestro and TextExpander? Here are ten fast solutions for ten common tasks.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

Dealing with your inbox is one of those numbingly repetitive chores that cries out for automation. Here are 10 smart tricks that'll save you time managing your mail.

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The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

Apple's Support Profile page lists all the Apple devices you've bought and gives you quick access to all sorts of support services for them. Here's how to take advantage.

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Why I stopped reading magazines with Newsstand

Kirk McElhearn says that he initially thought Apple's iOS reading app could let him do away with paper magazines. Here's why it hasn't.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Encoding miracles and missing audiobook chapters

Kirk McElhearn returns to dispense wisdom concerning the difference between lossy and lossless encoders, the heartbreak of corrupt iPhone backups, and how to navigate through an audiobook's chapters.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Moving your iTunes library, holiday specials, and WAV vs AIFF

Kirk McElhearn returns to answer your pressing iTunes questions. In this episode he discusses moving iTunes libraries to an external drive, how to tag holiday TV episodes, and why you may prefer AIFF over WAV.

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Five timers just for meditation

Use these apps to track your time while meditating -- without any overwhelming distractions.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Should you re-rip your CDs?

Kirk McElhearn returns to discuss such topics as missing album artwork, when re-ripping CDs makes sense, and how to save Internet radio stations.

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Elegy for the iPod, the device that transformed Apple

Anticipating Apple's latest earnings numbers, one thing is likely: The decline of the iPod will continue. Before it disappears altogether, Kirk McElhearn pays tribute.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Inconsistent buttons and faulty gapless playback

iTunes Guy Kirk McElhearn returns to discuss three iTunes issues—inconsistent Next and Previous buttons, when is a movie a Movie, and gapped playback.

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Brush up on classic literature with these immersive apps

Audio, video, and interactive content bring new dimensions to literary favorites.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Changing tags and missing movies

Our own iTunes Guy, Kirk McElhearn, returns to discuss the changing nature of some media tags, iOS backups, and movies here but not there.

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Ulysses III review: Document writing and management in one

Ulysses III is an excellent tool for Markdown-based writing, and its document-management features provide quick access to everything you've written.

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Four ways to delete iOS apps

Space is often at a premium on iPhones and iPads. That's why it makes sense to keep only those apps that you know you really want. Here's how to get rid of the ones you don't.