If you’re a Mac user there’s every chance in the world that you have a copy of iTunes on your computer. And if you’re any kind of iOS device owner, you certainly do. After all, it’s the primary avenue for playing and syncing your Mac’s media.

In this edition of the Macworld Podcast we turn to iTunes and one of its foremost experts, Kirk McElhearn. In our interview he discusses iTunes’ strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents, suitability for classical music enthusiasts, and future.

Download Episode #241

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Kirk mentioned Apple’s KnowledgeBase article on recreating your iTunes library and playlists. You can find it here. You can find Kirk’s Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ here. And for all other things McElhearn, check out his site, Kirkville.

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • New social network for discovering music
    • HD TV show rentals
    • A few more customizable, useful interface options
    • Smarter album art list view
    • Noticeable performance improvements


    • Ping feels unfinished
    • Other headline features won't mature for some time
    • Senseless interface changes harm usability
    • Ringtone features removed
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