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.

Apple’s confusing method of device authorization and association

How to organize your Mac's menu bar

How to organize your Mac's menu bar

The Mac’s menu bar is a handy place for quick access to apps and system preferences. But it can easily be a crowded space.

Apple, don’t make the smaller iPhone a second-class device

Apple, don’t make the smaller iPhone a second-class device

Why not offer a 4-inch iPhone with the latest features?

15 years of iTunes: A look at Apple’s media app and its influence on an industry

15 years of iTunes: A look at Apple’s media app and its influence on an industry

In January 2001, Steve Jobs introduced iTunes and forever changed the way we buy and consume media. It’s the most important app that Apple has ever created.

How to collaborate on documents using iWork and iCloud.com

How to collaborate on documents using iWork and iCloud.com

You can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to create documents with your friends, family, or co-workers, Here's how to get started.

10 essential Mac utilities

10 essential Mac utilities

Whenever Kirk McElhearn sets up a new Mac, these are the apps he installs first.

What does Apple have in store for Windows users?

What does Apple have in store for Windows users?

Apple's Sept. 9 event promises to be a big one. Will there be something for Windows users, too?

3 alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

3 alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

Beats headphones are popular, but if you're concerned about their sound quality, consider an alternative.

In praise of the iPod shuffle

In praise of the iPod shuffle

Apple's minimalist audio player is one of the best iPods the company has made.

Apple's Health app really needs a redesign

Apple's Health app really needs a redesign

Opinion: Apple should bring the simple, readable interface from the Apple Watch's Activity app to the confusing Health app for iPhone.

It's No Twitter, But Plague is an Infectious Social Network

It's No Twitter, But Plague is an Infectious Social Network

With no followers or friend lists, Plague spreads content among anyone nearby—talk about going viral.

Can an iPhone User Learn to Love Android?

I've been using an iPhone for a few years, but I've always been curious about Android. Not because I didn't like my iPhone, but I wanted to know if I was missing anything. I'd seen how Android works when friends showed me their...

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