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.
♫ Episode #62 – Simple and Elaborate Audio Systems – How Many Devices Can You Have in Your Audio Chain?
July 21st, 2017 | 31 mins 7 secs
Chris Connaker joins us to discuss simple and elaborate audio systems. How many devices can you have in your audio chain? Chris surprises us with some of his.
♫ Episode #61 – Traditions and Etiquette in Classical Concerts – Applause, Encores, Curtain Calls, and the Bravo Guy
July 14th, 2017 | 37 mins 13 secs
We ask Andy Doe why classical concerts have such rigid traditions and etiquette regarding audience reactions. And we discuss the Bravo Guy, present at concert halls around the world.
July 7th, 2017 | 32 mins 12 secs
Journalist Geoff Edgers joins us to discuss his Washington Post article about the slow death of the electric guitar.
June 30th, 2017 | 28 mins 52 secs
We take a look back at the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, in 1967.
June 23rd, 2017 | 34 mins 40 secs
Author David Weigel joins us to discuss his book The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock.
June 16th, 2017 | 33 mins 53 secs
Andy Doe joins us to take a close look at optical discs: CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, but also HDCDs, DVD-As, and more. I bet you didn't know how many kinds of optical disc there are...
June 9th, 2017 | 31 mins 34 secs
We take a close look at iTunes playlists, how they work, what you can do with them, and how you can bend them to your will.
June 2nd, 2017 | 32 mins 59 secs
Chris Connaker, of ComputerAudiophile.com, joins us to talk about the most interesting audio hardware he saw - and heard - at this year's Munich High End Audio Show.
May 26th, 2017 | 35 mins 16 secs
Guitarist Woody Mann joins us to discuss his documentary about the life of the great blues and gospel musician Rev. Gary Davis.
May 19th, 2017 | 37 mins 15 secs
We welcome author and Dylanologist Andrew Muir to talk about Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour, and his recent concerts in the UK.
May 12th, 2017 | 26 mins 13 secs
We mark the end of The Next Track's first year with a review of our most interesting episodes.
May 5th, 2017 | 32 mins 5 secs
We welcome Andy Doe to discuss the pros and cons of vinyl versus CD.
April 28th, 2017 | 34 mins 27 secs
Developer Paul Kafasis joins us to discuss in-house streaming: AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Google Cast.
April 21st, 2017 | 29 mins 55 secs
Doug and Kirk take a look at common misconceptions people have about iTunes.
♫ Episode #48 – Musician Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group on Music Between Genres
April 14th, 2017 | 34 mins 33 secs
Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group talks about music between genres.
April 7th, 2017 | 29 mins 1 sec
We discuss the ten ways you can connect your computer to an amplifier or receiver.