Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar


I can’t say much about iTunes 12, a beta of which is only available to the million-plus people who have access to betas of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. I can’t publish screenshots, since I’m under NDA, having a developer account. But I can comment about what I’ve seen on many other websites about iTunes 12. […]

The iTunes Guy Discusses Re-Ripping CDs, Non-Syncing Album Art and More


Sometimes, what seems like a good idea turns out to have unexpected consequences. One reader wrote in about album art that wasn’t syncing to his iOS devices, and had a surprise when he found out the reason. Another wonders whether it’s worth re-ripping songs ripped from CDs more than ten years ago. And another reader […]

iTunes 11.3 Brings iTunes Extras for HD Movies


Apple has released iTunes 11.3, whose main new feature is iTunes Extras for HD Movies. iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 […]

iWant: Badges on iTunes Playlists Showing How Many Items They Contain


When you look at your iTunes library, you can instantly see how many items are in each library: Music, Movies, Podcasts, etc. I wish iTunes could do the same thing for playlists. Instead of showing playlists just by name, they could append tags to the right of them, like this: It could be useful sometimes […]

How to Add Liner Notes to iTunes


iTunes can store PDF “digital booklets,” or liner notes. You may get some of these when you purchase albums from the iTunes Store, but if you download music from other sites, and get liner notes, you need to add them to your iTunes library. It can be a bit tricky, though, since dragging them to […]

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