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.

The problem with Apple IDs

You use your Apple ID to buy music, movies, apps, and more from the iTunes Store. But Senior Contributor Kirk McElhearn says that Apple IDs are significantly flawed, and have been for a long while. Here's what he says Apple needs to fix.

Sort artists by last name and find missing digital booklets

In this grab bag, we answer questions about missing digital booklets, how to sort artists by lat name, embedding album art in purchased files, and more.

Help with OS X's Help

Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to get the most out of OS X's Help system, plus some tricks for making it behave.

Solving Apple ID frustrations

Your Apple ID ties you and your iTunes Store content together. Here are ways to fix some common Apple ID problems.

Five iCloud email tricks you probably missed

Are you using your iCloud email account? Kirk McElhearn shows you five great features you might have missed.

iTunes workarounds

Sometimes iTunes just doesn't work the way you want it to. Here are several workarounds to get CDs to rip properly, audiobooks to upload to iTunes Match, and more.

iOS speed tips: Launch and find apps like a pro

After you've downloaded loads of apps, finding the one you want can be a drag. Here's how to cut through the clutter.

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.