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.

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.

Dragon Express 1.0: An inexpensive way to discover speech recognition

Dragon Express provides a handy, easy-to-use way to dictate occasional texts and transfer them to your applications

Buying guide: Microphones for speech recognition

Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.

Macworld guide to AppleCare

Is AppleCare worth paying for the extra coverage? What exactly does AppleCare cover, and how does it work? Here's a guide to AppleCare, to help you decide if you should buy this extended warranty with your next Mac.

iTunes Match shouldn't shun those with big libraries

iTunes Match's 25,000-track limit is the problem, says Kirk McElhearn, it's the way that Apple treats users with large iTunes libraries who want to sign up for the $25-a-year service.

Get smarter with iTunes U

You've probably noticed it in the navigation bar at the top of the iTunes Store, but have you ever clicked on the iTunes U link? If not, join the millions of people have and expand your knowledge -- for free. Kirk McElhearn explains how.

How the iPod changed the world of music

Kirk McElhearn takes a look at how the iPod has changed the way he -- and most others -- interact with their music.

How to annotate PDFs

You don't need to buy an expensive program to add comments or notes to a PDF. Here's how to use Apple's built-in application, Preview, to do it all.

How to convert PDFs to Word (and other formats)

While the PDF file format is a great tool for sharing documents, sometimes you need to use the text. Here are two ways to get text out of a PDF and into your word processor.

Three tips for using iTunes on a small display

As Apple continues to sell more laptops than desktops, the number of people working with iTunes on small displays increases. Kirk McElhearn offers tips on how you can optimize the way iTunes displays its content to make it easier to manage on a smaller display.

How to rip CD box sets in iTunes

Ripping large CD box sets to enjoy on your computer or iOS device can be a chore. Kirk McElhearn offers some suggestions for making the process easier.