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.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Work with playlists

The iTunes Guy answers questions about gaps between songs, copying playlists on a USB stick, combining multiple playlists into one, and more.

Smultron is a capable and inexpensive text editor

Smultron is a capable, inexpensive, and easy-to-use text editor with iCloud support built in, although it could use some improvements when working with multiple files.

How to convert a POP email account to IMAP

If you want to see the same email messages and folders, no matter what device you're using, you've got to have an IMAP email account. Here's how to make the switch safely.

Correct spelling from the keyboard

OS X's built-in spell-check is nice, but it usually requires you to move your hands from the keyboard to the mouse to select the correct spelling. But one OS X Hints reader found a way to select the correct spellings from the keyboard.

Byword is a solid text editor for Markdown-focused writing

Though not ideal for non-Markdown writing, if you use Markdown and want a minimal tool to write with, Byword is a good choice.

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.