Stories by Kirk McElhearn

In praise of the iPod shuffle

Apple updated what's left of the iPod line earlier this week. They bumped the processor and improved the camera on the iPod touch, and added some new colors. And they also added new colors to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle.

iTunes 12 introduces new look, less intuitive interface

It's been two years since the last major update to iTunes, with changes I called "the most radical alterations to the program's interface since its inception." I could use those same words to describe iTunes 12, which features yet another interface overhaul.

Why I'm returning my iPhone 6 (well, maybe)

Like many (many, many) people, I preordered a new iPhone 6 as soon as I possibly could. I didn't choose the iPhone 6 Plus, the clown-shoe version of this device, but went for the standard-sized model. I've often desired to have a slightly larger screen, so I welcomed the idea of a 4.7-inch iPhone. I thought it would allow me to see more content, and use larger fonts, which would help my aging eyes. After using it for a few days, however, I'm not sure that I really want to keep it. I may return my iPhone 6 and continue using the iPhone 5s.

The future of CDs

I've got lots of CDs. Thousands of them. But when I look at the wall of discs in my home-office, I see the past; I see dinosaurs and dodos. For when I buy a CD, the first thing I do is slip it into my Mac Pro and rip it in iTunes. Then I file it on my wall.