About Kirk

Mcelhearn copy 2Kirk McElhearn is an lapsed New Yorker living in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, in the United Kingdom. He writes about things, records podcasts, makes photos, practices zen, and cohabits with cats. He’s an amateur photographer, and shoots with Leica cameras and iPhones.


Kirk McElhearn writes about Apple hardware and software, computer security, photography, books, music, and more. As a Senior Contributor to Macworld for more than 15 years, he wrote hundreds of articles and reviews, including the Ask the iTunes Guy column and the Hey Apple, Fix This! column.

He is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, The Literature & Latte Blog, and TidBITS, and has written for Popular Photography, The Startup Finance Blog, Folks, MusicWeb International, as well as several other web sites and magazines.

Kirk has written more than two dozen books, including Take Control books about macOS Media Apps (post iTunes), Scrivener, LaunchBar, and Audio Hijack. He has written documentation for dozens of popular Mac apps, as well as press releases, web content, reports, white papers, and more. Kirk speaks fluent French, and has translated a dozen books from French to English.


He is host or co-host of several podcasts: