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.

How to make Lion's iCal less annoying

Running into trouble using the Lion version of iCal? You're not alone. Here are answers to common problems.

How to arrange and sort files in Lion Finder

Lion Finder offers three different ways to organize your folders: Arrange By, Sort By, and Clean Up By. What does each option do? Can you combine them? Kirk McElhearn explains.

Tree offers a unique approach to outlining

Tree offers a unique approach to outlining by offering both vertical and horizontal organization.

Favorite text-expansion tricks

Think you're using all the shortcuts your Mac has to offer? How about text-expansion? Dan Frakes and Kirk McElhearn share their favorite ways to use text-expansion utilities to save both typing and time.

Opinion: In praise of the iPod classic

Apple still sells the iPod classic, but hasn't updated it for two years. Is it on its way out? Kirk McElhearn thinks killing off the classic would be a mistake.

Back up your iTunes media files

Even though Apple now allows you to re-download some purchased content, it's always a good idea to back up your iTunes media files. Kirk McElhearn offers his tips.

Todo for Mac manages and syncs your tasks

If your task-management needs are somewhere in between complex project management and simple lists, Todo is a fine Mac program that syncs with standout iOS apps.

How to sync large iTunes libraries with small devices

As you acquire more and more music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, apps, and books, it becomes increasingly difficult -- or, more likely, impossible -- to fit your entire iTunes library on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Kirk McElhearn offers some advice on how to deal with the data-storage disparity.

How to make Lion more like Snow Leopard

Frustrated by some new feature of Lion? Kirk McElhearn has a collection of tips about how to revert Lion features back to their Snow Leopard defaults.

Ten Safari shortcuts you should know

Save time using your browser by learning these essential keyboard shortcuts for both Snow Leopard and Lion's Safari.

How to archive your tweets

Twitter's a great way to keep up on what's happening. But what about what happened a while ago? Kirk McElhearn looks at a few of the ways you can search and archive your past Twitter-stream.

How to rip audio from your Blu-ray discs

Ripping the audio track from your Blu-ray discs isn't easy, as Kirk McElhearn learned when he wanted to listen to the music from his classical and opera discs on his iPod.

Eight feature requests for iTunes 11

This fall will see the release of iOS 5, and iCloud, and a new version of iTunes. Here are some small tweaks I'd like to see in a future version of the sofware.

How to find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac

Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, but you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that is superior to that of CDs. Kirk McElhearn looks at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac.

Four ways to make the Dock more powerful

Are you taking advantage of all the Dock can do? Kirk McElhearn reveals four ways to use it to quickly access files and folders.