Kirk McElhearn is a freelance journalist. He writes on his website Kirkville, and is Senior Contributor to Macworld, where he is The iTunes Guy. He is also a regular contributor to TidBITS, as well as several other web sites and magazines. He is co-host of The Committed podcast. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control of iTunes. On Twitter, he's @mcelhearn, and he has a Facebook page.
August 12th, 2016 | 32 mins 44 secs
Doug and Kirk welcome back Chris Connaker to discuss music streaming services. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or another; which is right for you? What are the pros and cons of the various streaming services?
August 5th, 2016 | 28 mins 26 secs
Doug and Kirk discuss AppleScript, which helps you manage your iTunes library.
July 29th, 2016 | 32 mins 14 secs
We welcome back Andy Doe, digital music consultant, to discuss myths and superstitions around audio; cables, breaking in hardware, digital audio, and more.
July 22nd, 2016 | 27 mins 14 secs
Have you ever wanted to set up your own home media server? Doug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of doing this, and explain how to set up a Mac mini as a media server.
July 15th, 2016 | 30 mins 11 secs
We welcome Will Hermes, NPR and Rolling Stone music critic, to discuss music discovery.
July 8th, 2016 | 30 mins 41 secs
Doug and Kirk discuss spoken word recordings. The history of spoken word recordings, how to get them, how to manage them, and how to listen to them.
July 1st, 2016 | 29 mins 5 secs
Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn analyze the rumor that Apple is planning to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone, and then discuss how people organize music by genre.
June 24th, 2016 | 31 mins 3 secs
We welcome Chris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website, to discuss high-resolution audio. What are the pros? The cons? Is high-res for you?
June 17th, 2016 | 29 mins 7 secs
We discuss new features coming to Apple Music, then discuss listening to music with speakers or headphones
June 10th, 2016 | 32 mins 45 secs
Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn welcome special guest Andy Doe, digital music consultant and classical record label head, to discuss some streaming music shenanigans, and audio file metadata, the information that tells you who a track is by, its name,
June 3rd, 2016 | 28 mins 32 secs
Doug and Kirk discuss the various audio file formats you may encounter when you listen to digital music.
May 27th, 2016 | 30 mins 50 secs
To stream or to own? That is the question.
May 21st, 2016 | 28 mins 9 secs
Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss the history of music listening, from songs to albums to songs.