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The iTunes Guy – That’s Me

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Over at Macworld, we’ve just introduced Ask the iTunes Guy. This occasional column will take readers’ questions and explain how to do what you want with iTunes. I’m the iTunes Guy, and I’ll be answering questions over the coming months. So far, response has been well above what we expected, and we have dozens of great questions, so look for a first column with your questions and my answers soon.

Two New Macworld Articles: Ripping CD Box Sets and a Review of Dragon Dictate

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I’ve got two new articles on Macworld today. In the first, I look at issues that arise when you rip box sets of CDs. And in the second, I review Dragon Dictate 2.5, the speech recognition program that lets you talk instead of type.

Hear Me on the Macworld Podcast

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Chris Breen writes: “We’re now in the last stage of the cycle where we have a better idea of what Lion is and isn’t good for. With that in mind, Kirk McElhearn joins me to talk about some of Lion’s annoyances—specifically, where iCal falls down. Later in the discussion we talk generally about Lion’s features and, in a complete change of subject, how Kirk is dealing with ripping and cataloging a massive Grateful Dead release.”

Listen to the Macworld podcast: 36 min.

Check Out High-Resolution Audio Files on your Mac

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Do you know about high-resolution audio files? These digital music files have bit rates as much as three times that of CDs, and claim to offer sound far beyond that of CDs. My latest Macworld article looks at this type of music file and tells you how to play them on your Mac.

See also: Music, not Sound: Why High-Resolution Music Is a Marketing Ploy.

Hear Me Talk about iTunes on This Week’s Macworld Podcast

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Chris Breen invited me on this week’s Macworld podcast to talk about iTunes. We spent a nice half-hour discussing good, bad and annoying points about the program. Check it out to hear some ideas about working with iTunes, what its future will be, and what could be improved.

Listen to or download the Macworld podcast.

And if you need more iTunes info, my Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ ebook will give you tricks and tips and help you work with the program more efficiently.

Read an Excerpt from my Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ on Macworld

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Macworld is running an excerpt from my latest book today. The section they’ve published tells you about sharing your iTunes library. But, of course, there is much more in the book.

You can download the introduction and table of contents here, and you can buy the book for a mere $10.