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 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

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

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Why you might not want to upgrade to iTunes 12.2

If you're meticulous about your music library, you should seriously consider not upgrading to iTunes 12.2 until the quirks are fixed.

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How iTunes Match and Apple Music work together

Don't understand how iTunes Match, Apple Music, and iCloud Music Library work together? Here are the differences of these music services from Apple.

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What's new in iTunes 12.2

Apple Music, obviously. But there are several other changes you may have missed.

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Wi-Fi scales compared: Fitbit Aria and Withings Smart Body Analyzer

These scales can track your weight, body fat percentage, and more, and you can access the data on the Web or through an iOS app.

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Withings Aura review: Track your sleep, and possibly your cat's too

Withings' sleep system emits lights to help you fall asleep and wake up, and tracks your shut-eye with underbed sensors. But is it helpful enough to earn a place in your bedroom?

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Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor review: HealthKit compatibility doesn't add much

If you're willing to pay a premium for convenience, this monitor works with at least three apps, although the Health app's interface didn't wow us.


Apps to discover and learn more about classical music

Whether you’re a novice to the genre, or a seasoned musician, you’ll find something here that will help you discover and learn more about great music.


Getting in tune: 6 apps for tuning your guitar

Instead of using a tuning fork or another already-tuned instrument, try one of these apps.


7 dictionary and reference apps that are not just for students

These wiki-tools, thesauruses, and word games make awesome tools for use inside and out of the classroom.


Five timers just for meditation

Use these apps to track your time while meditating -- without any overwhelming distractions.

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Elegy for the iPod, the device that transformed Apple

Anticipating Apple's latest earnings numbers, one thing is likely: The decline of the iPod will continue. Before it disappears altogether, Kirk McElhearn pays tribute.



Six grocery shopping apps to replace your paper list

Put all your grocery lists on your smartphone and make your shopping a lot easier.


Brush up on classic literature with these immersive apps

Audio, video, and interactive content bring new dimensions to literary favorites.

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Four ways to delete iOS apps

Space is often at a premium on iPhones and iPads. That's why it makes sense to keep only those apps that you know you really want. Here's how to get rid of the ones you don't.