Kirk McElhearn

Senior Contributor

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He also runs Kirk's iTunes Forum, where users can discuss iTunes, iOS devices, music, and more. Kirk is the author of Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ.

Three alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations

In the last Ask the iTunes Guy column of the year, I look at playlist views, a quick way to make playlists from folders of songs, adding tags to your tracks, and how to see the duration of selected tracks in iTunes 11.

iTunes 11: Miniplayer and Up Next tips

Two more tips about iTunes 11 from the readers of Mac OS X Hints:

Netatmo Weather Station and your iOS device let you monitor the weather

The Netatmo Weather Station is described as "the first personal weather station for iPhone & iPad." The Weather Station itself consists of two pieces of hardware, and the company provides a free iOS app for accessing weather data from...

How to share documents with iCloud

The new dream in computing is keeping all of your files in "the cloud," on remote servers that you can access from anywhere at any time. Apple's cloud-based syncing and storage service, iCloud, debuted in June 2011. Still, only since...

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 sharpens speech recognition, learns transcription

Nuance has now released Dragon Dictate 3, which includes improvements and new features, including sharpened speech recognition.

Posts for iPad

If you want to blog, or manage a blog, from your iPad, you could use your blog platform's web page editor. But it's unlikely that interface has been optimized for the iPad's screen. Enter Posts, a $10 iPad app from Pico that lets you...

Three apps for listening to streaming radio on your iOS device

iTunes gives you the ability to access thousands of free streaming Internet radio stations from around the world. But what about if you want to spin the virtual radio dial on an iOS device as well?

Force iOS to use YouTube site instead of app

The default YouTube app that comes with iOS was great back in 2007, but it hasn't seen a significant update in years and is lacking many features compared to the newer mobile YouTube website ( that Google launched two...

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes Store questions

[Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there's something you'd like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]

Ask the iTunes Guy: Questions about video


USB 6-in-1 TableMike great for Mac speech recognition

When I tested the SpeechWare TableMike for the microphones for speech recognition buying guide, I used the company's 3-in-1 model. SpeechWare has now released new versions of their microphones, including the USB 6-in-1 TableMike,...

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