Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and the Hey Apple, Fix This! column, and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He also runs Kirk's iTunes Forum, where users can discuss iTunes, iOS devices, music, and more. Kirk is the author of Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ.

Search and ye shall find (maybe): Apple's Spotlight needs an overhaul

Everyone needs to search for files on their Mac. Kirk McElhearn thinks it's time for Apple to improve Spotlight so users can easily find the files they want.

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Wish lists, upcoming-track alerts, adding comments to multiple tracks, and more

This week I answer a couple of questions about the iTunes Store, explain how to add comments to multiple tracks at once, and discuss the useful Skip When Shuffling tag. And I also reveal a way to have iTunes announce what track is about to be played.

Why you should use Mountain Lion's Spaces

Mountain Lion's Spaces can make you more productive and efficient. Kirk McElhearn looks at why you should use Spaces, and how it can simplify your computing tasks.

Stop drowning in apps

Your Mac, your iPad, your iPhone--are they all drowning in apps? If you can barely navigate your home screen, it may be time to find and delete apps you don't use often.

Crossing borders with the iTunes Store

Kirk McElhearn discovers that when he moves to a new country, it's not that simple to move his iTunes Store and Mac App Store content with him.

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Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

Looking for the way to join tracks when you rip CDs with iTunes 11? Need to know how to get tracks into playlists quickly? What about iTunes Store device limits and gifting apps? All this and more in this week's column.

Why iOS needs support for multiple accounts

The Mac has had support for multiple accounts for years. Kirk McElhearn argues that iOS needs that support, too.

Getting to know iTunes 11's Up Next player

One of the marquee features of iTunes 11 is Up Next, a new way to queue up songs for your listening sessions. Radically different from iTunes DJ, which this feature replaces, it can be a bit complex. Here's a look at how to get the most out of Up Next.

Gestures: Hard to use, harder to find

Kirk McElhearn loves keyboard shortcuts, but he's not a big fan of gestures to control his Mac or iOS devices.

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iOS device syncing in iTunes 11, audiobook lengths, and listening in mono

Disoriented by iTunes 11's new way of syncing iOS devices? Confused by the different lengths of audiobooks with the same titles? Curious about how to make a list of the books in your iTunes library? Interested in listening to your audio in mono, instead of stereo? I have the answers to all these questions in this week's column.

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Smart playlists, buggy play counts, and iTunes Match

This week's column looks at some common problems with iTunes, some quirks with iTunes Match, and explains how to update smart playlists, among other subjects.

Stop squinting: Make text bigger in OS X

Squinting at your screen? Make your fonts bigger and you'll see more clearly. Here's how.

What might an Apple landline phone look like?

Apple's gotten pretty good at making iPhones, so Kirk McElhearn thinks the company should turn its attention to making a landline phone.

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iTunes media folders, making smart playlists, and copying music to a new computer

This week I look at where the Column Browser is in iTunes 11, creating a smart playlist with music from other playlists, copying music from one computer to another, and more.

Mac Gems: TextExpander 4 extends its fill-in functionality

In version 4, the venerable text-expansion utility TextExpander gains advanced fill-in features, better performance, and some fine tuning.