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.

Use iTunes to rip audio from videos

Have some videos from which you'd like to save just the audio? A Hints reader uncovered a iTunes menu item that does just that.

Seven ways to improve the iTunes Store

Kirk McElhearn takes a look at several things about the iTunes Store that he'd like to see changed, fixed, or simply killed off.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Work with iTunes libraries

The iTunes Guy answers questions about moving your iTunes library, opening multiple iTunes windows simultaneously, finding tracks in playlists, and more.

WriteRoom offers distraction-free writing without removing flexibility

If you want a minimalist tool for writing, WriteRoom is likely to have all the features you need. But unlike some other distraction-free writing tools, you can still personalize your writing environment.

Search iTunes radio stations using playlists

By default, you can't search for stations in the Radio section of iTunes; the search field is dimmed. But there's a workaround that'll let you find the station you want.

Eight tips for OS X's Quick Look

Quick Look lets you view a file's contents by selecting it in the Finder and then pressing the spacebar. There's no need to wait for the file to open in an application—it appears immediately. Here are eight tips for using this OS X time-saver.

Hide and unhide Mac App Store purchases

If your Purchases list is getting unwieldy in the Mac App Store, here's a way to purge (and unpurge, if necessary) items on that list.

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes Match confusion

Kirk McElhearn kicks off our new Ask the iTunes Guy column by addressing some of your questions about iTunes Match.

First Look: Audiobooks.com is Netflix for audiobooks

A new service called Audiobooks.com aims to help the heavy-listening crowd -- think of it sort of as Netflix for audiobooks. For $25 a month, you get unlimited access to its selection streaming of audiobooks. Kirk McElhearn takes a look.

Opinion: The future of albums

Is the concept of the album doomed? Kirk McElhearn thinks we should expect more things to change than to stay the same.

Four great OS X services you don't know about

Once you know the basics about services, OS X's underused shortcuts, your next question is inevitably: Where can I find more? Kirk McElhearn reveals four of the best.

Plantronics Savi 440 wireless mic great for speech recognition on your Mac

If you want a light, comfortable wireless microphone for your Mac, the Plantronics Savi 440 is an excellent choice.

How to use services in Mac OS X

OS X services let you borrow features from other programs, saving yourself time and multiple steps in the process. Kirk McElhearn answers frequently asked questions about Lion's most underused shortcuts.

iA Writer is a solid no-distraction writing tool

If iA Writer's minimalism agrees with you, you may find that it frees your mind to do what the best writing tools are designed for: writing.

Put your audiobooks in the cloud with iTunes Match

iTunes Match doesn't work with audiobooks from the iTunes Store, but with a few tricks, you can get your other audiobooks uploaded in the cloud to enjoy. Kirk McElhearn explains how.