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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Review: Philips SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer comfort and good sound

Philips’s SHB9100 Bluetooth headphones offer a nice balance between comfort and good sound, and the inclusion of a wired option is handy for those times you forget to charge. However, the SHB9100 isn't for you if you depend on your Bluetooth headset for making phone calls.

Keep track of important messages with Mail's VIPs

If you get a lot of email, you know how hard it can be to spot messages from friends and family, or from your most important contacts. Mail's new VIPs feature can help whether you're using your Mac, iOS device, or iCloud mail.

Printing playlists, displaying bit rates, and shuffling music

This week I look at queries about printing playlists, which device to use for streaming music, displaying bit rates, and playing music in shuffle mode.

New year's resolution: A clean Mac

Simple ways to banish grunge, dirt, and dust bunnies from your computer and peripherals

New Year's resolution: Vanquish technology vices

Kick bad technology habits in the new year with these tips from Kirk McElhearn.

iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations

In the last 'Ask the iTunes Guy' column of the year, I discuss turning on Grid View in playlists, making playlists from folders of songs, adding tags to your tracks, and identifying the duration of selected tracks in iTunes 11.

iTunes 11: Miniplayer and Up Next tips

How to make the Miniplayer appear even with iTunes is in full-screen mode, and a two ways to add tracks to Up Next.