Kirk McElhearnSenior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The iTunes Guy column and about Macs, music, and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ.

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Can an iPhone user learn to love Android?

Kirk McElhearn found that, unless you're deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, Android is a perfectly viable (and in some respects preferable) alternative to iOS.

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Travel tips: what you can't leave behind

Planning on traveling during the holidays? Then you'll need to decide which of your tech gadgets you need to bring along. Here's how to figure that out.

Secrets of the iOS 7 keyboard

Uncover hidden characters and handy shortcuts with this guide to your iOS device's keyboard.

Teach Siri to pronounce names

Tired of Siri mangling your moniker? Now you can finally teach it how to say your name (and others' names) correctly.

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.

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Four apps for making ambient music on your iOS device

When you get tired of just listening to music on your iOS device, why not try creating some with these four generative music apps for iPhone and/or iPad.

Why iOS needs support for multiple accounts

The Mac has had support for multiple accounts for years. Kirk McElhearn argues that iOS needs that support, too.

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.

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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.

New Year's resolution: Vanquish technology vices

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

In depth with iTunes 11's MiniPlayer

One of the big changes in iTunes 11 is the new MiniPlayer. In addition to being a control center for playing your music, you can also use it to search for songs, playlists, and more, and to access the Up Next queue. Here’s how you can get the most out of the iTunes MiniPlayer.

Understanding the new views in iTunes 11

iTunes 11 introduces a number of changes to the way you view the content in your media library. Kirk McElhearn gives an overview of the different views.

Review: iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users

iTunes 11 brings cool new features such as Up Next, a refreshed interface, and an improved MiniPlayer. But longtime users may find the changes (and some omissions) a bit disconcerting.

Review: WordPress for iOS stands out for bloggers on the go

If you're one of the millions who runs a WordPress blog, this iPhone and iPad app offers a much better way to manage things than using a mobile browser.

iTunes Match: One year in

Apple's iTunes Match music service came out one year ago. Kirk McElhearn offers a status report and wishlist for improvements.