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.

Apple should lead the move to DRM-free ebooks

Apple switched to selling DRM-free music years ago. Now it's time for the company to do the same with ebooks.

Of cross-fades and combined tracks

In this week's column, I look at sending iTunes gifts to other countries, joining two music files to make one, how you can cross-fade songs on an iOS device, and more.

Keep iTunes metadata when you re-rip, and deauthorize missing Macs

In a grab-bag installment of The iTunes Guy, I discuss how to ensure that tags and metadata get retained when you re-rip CDs, how to reauthorize computers for iTunes Store accounts, and how to change the name of your iTunes library for Home Sharing.

Watch and rip Blu-ray movies on your Mac

If you like the quality and features of Blu-ray, and want to be able to watch discs on your Mac or convert them to other formats for viewing on other computers, all you need is a bit of hardware and software to make it all possible.

What’s hot about OS X’s Hot Corners

OS X's Hot Corners let you trigger actions when you move your cursor into a corner of your Mac’s display. Kirk McElhearn takes you through all the possibilities for this little-used, yet powerful feature.

Dealing with iTunes font sizes, file types, and missing files

It's time for another grab bag, selected from the many questions I get from readers. In this week's column, I look at some questions about font size in iTunes (spoiler: your options are limited), identifying music file types in iTunes, finding which tracks iTunes has lost track of (spoiler: there's an easy way), and moving podcasts to another Mac.

Eight easy ways to move between folders in OS X

Getting into a folder is easy: Just double-click. But what about getting out of that folder and going back to where you were? Here are eight ways to do it.

Answers to your questions about iTunes and videos

Many of the iTunes Guy columns focus on music, since the majority of the questions I receive are about that kind of media. But I get a fair number of questions about videos, and in this week's column, I cover four questions dealing with videos: their formats and tags, and how to make smart playlists to group movies by title.

What to do when you have more content than room on your iOS device

I get a lot of emails about syncing music to an iOS device, and many people find it difficult to sync when their music library is larger than their iOS device can handle. So here's a question about checked tracks, playing albums, and syncing.

Five overlooked OS X system tweaks

The Accessibility preferences pane is packed with features for Mac users with limited seeing, hearing, and mobility. But did you know that some of its nifty features can benefit everyone?

Creating complex smart playlists in iTunes

In this week's column, I answer three questions to show just how complex smart playlists can be.

iTunes Match: another neglected Apple service

iTunes Match should be mature by now, but Kirk McElhearn points out that the service doesn't live up to expectations.

Four apps for making ambient music on your iOS device

When you get tired of just listening to music on your iOS device, why not try creating some with these four generative music apps for iPhone and/or iPad.

Renaming files, wireless syncing, and matching music ripped from vinyl

In this week's installment, the iTunes Guy looks at renaming files, syncing iOS devices wirelessly, matching music ripped from vinyl, and a couple of questions about tags and file names.

Control Time Machine from the command line

Whether you manage remote Macs or just love delving into the nitty-gritty, you need to know about this command-line tool for Time Machine.