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.

How to filter email

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?

Three alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

Three alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones

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

Why Apple should go into the mobile network business

Why Apple should go into the mobile network business

If Apple really wants to control the whole experience of using an iPhone, it's time to consider becoming an MVNO.

How to use iCloud Drive

How to use iCloud Drive

With Yosemite and iOS 8 Apple has loosened the shackles on iCloud storage. Here's how to put it to use on your Yosemite-running Mac, iOS 8 device, and the web.

How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite

How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite

Yosemite isn't all Handoff rainbows and Continuity cupcakes. If parts of it are making you grumpy, here's how to set them (and the universe) right again.

Slow Internet? Edit your DNS settings

Slow Internet? Edit your DNS settings

Switching to a new DNS server might result in a snappier Internet. Kirk McElhearn explains how to edit your DNS settings, and how to know if you should.

Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

Dealing with your inbox is one of those numbingly repetitive chores that cries out for automation. Here are 10 smart tricks that'll save you time managing your mail.

The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

Apple's Support Profile page lists all the Apple devices you've bought and gives you quick access to all sorts of support services for them. Here's how to take advantage.

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...

iCloud backup tricks for the iPhone and iPad

It's important to back up your iOS device, just as you should your Mac. You can back your iPad or iPhone up to your computer using iTunes, or you can back it up to Apple's iCloud. If you do the latter, the device backs up...

Share your favorite iTunes playlists

Imagine this: you've spent a long time setting up a playlist of your favorite songs for a party, for a session at the gym, or for your commute. And you'd like to share this playlist with your spouse or someone else in your household....

Load More