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.

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The secrets of OS X's text tools

Hidden away in a contextual menu are a bunch of handy text-manipulation tools that far too many Mac users overlook.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Obtaining old apps, excluding comedy, and making more navigable playlists

Kirk McElhearn, the iTunes Guy, returns to answer your most puzzling iTunes questions.

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Is iTunes Match right for you?

Kirk McElhearn breaks down who (and who isn't) a good candidate for iTunes Match.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Cleaning LPs and album artwork wanted (and not so)

Kirk McElhearn returns in the guise of iTunes Guy to solve issues of unclean albums, desired album artwork that's gone missing, and album artwork you'd rather not see.

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Living on the edge, where broadband doesn't reach

Kirk McElhearn recently moved to a house in the English countryside. The only trouble: His new home couldn't get cable or DSL service. Here's how he managed to maintain his connectivity (without losing his sanity).

Ask the iTunes Guy: Of track lengths, genre sorting, and remote storage

The iTunes Guy returns with answers to confounding questions of editing track lengths for iPad playback, sorting tracks with multiple assigned genres, and moving iTunes libraries to other volumes.

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Writer Pro review: Text editor works well (if you work its way)

There's no doubt the Mac and iOS text-editor apps offer unique some features. But to take advantage of those features, you'll need to twist your workflows to suit the apps, not the other way around.

Move podcasts and playlists from one Mac to another

The iTunes Guy examines two related questions about moving podcasts and music from one Mac to another while retaining metadata. He also looks at a question about smart playlists built around specific words, and explains an easy way to create a text file with a list of all your playlists.

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Tame your Twitter feed

Overwhelmed by your Twitter feed? Before you unfollow everyone, try organizing your feed with lists.

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Four fun ways to customize your Mac

Is your relationship with your Mac all work and no play? Try these tips for customizing OS X to add a little whimsy to your day.

Print an app list and control iTunes from the menu bar

In his first column of 2014, the iTunes Guy addresses how to get a list of apps on an iOS device, shows some tagging tricks for multidisc sets, and offers suggestions for iTunes controllers.

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Master the command line: Deleting files and folders

The command line is not only powerful, it can also be dangerous. Learn how to use commands for deleting files and folders correctly to make sure your time with Terminal is a productivity godsend instead of a complete disaster.

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Master the command line: Copying and moving files

Wish you could make a bunch of folders all at once or instantly move every file of a certain type into a new folder? The command line may be the answer.

Master the command line: How to use man pages

The key to learning about OS X's command line is manual (or man) pages. Here's an introduction.

Master the command line: Navigating files and folders

Ready to learn a new skill in the new year? The command line can be a powerful productivity tool, if you know the basics.