Who Wants to Hire Me to Write about iTunes, Apple, and More?

My first article for Macworld was published about 16 years ago, and this adventure is coming to an end. Following the buyout of Macworld’s parent company IDG, the publication is restructuring, and is cutting back on most of its freelance work. My two regular columns, Ask the iTunes Guy and Hey Apple, Fix This, are being cancelled, and the final installments of each will be published this week and next week.

The Ask the iTunes Guy column was particularly successful, running for more than five years, with nearly 150 bi-monthly columns. (Here’s the very first iTunes Guy column from February, 2012.) I received one or two dozen questions each week from readers, and answered hundreds of them, rarely covering the same topic twice. And in the Fix This column, I used my own experience, and that of readers who wrote in, to highlight areas where Apple could improve their software, hardware, and user experience.

Among the hundreds of other articles I wrote for Macworld were hardware and software reviews, how-tos, opinion pieces, and more. I also managed the Mac OS X Hints website for a few years, before Macworld shut it down.

So I’m looking for some freelance writing work. I can provide a wide range of content about iTunes, digital music, and listening to music on mobile devices. I also write about Apple in general, hardware, software, apps, photos, music, books, theater, and much more. You can see the range of my interests by browsing this site.

I’ve written several dozen books, including a number of Take Control books, and I also have long experience writing software documentation, press releases, white papers, and other documents for businesses. And I’m fluent in French, with many years’ experience working as a translator from French to English.

Interested? Drop me a line.

22 thoughts on “Who Wants to Hire Me to Write about iTunes, Apple, and More?

  1. Companies! You would be remiss not to hire Mr. McElhearn!! With his knowledge and willingness to test new versions of iTunes software, his experiences certainly set him far above any others. Keep Kirk writing!!

    Who else would savvy iTunes users seek out?

  2. Companies! You would be remiss not to hire Mr. McElhearn!! With his knowledge and willingness to test new versions of iTunes software, his experiences certainly set him far above any others. Keep Kirk writing!!

    Who else would savvy iTunes users seek out?

  3. Wow. The end of Macworld. The demise of Mac OS X Hints was a terrible blow. This is the final act of Macworld. Sad. Your columns were extremely useful. I suppose Macworld will now be just advertisements.

    I hope you pick up some well-paying gigs. Of course keep us posted.

  4. Wow. The end of Macworld. The demise of Mac OS X Hints was a terrible blow. This is the final act of Macworld. Sad. Your columns were extremely useful. I suppose Macworld will now be just advertisements.

    I hope you pick up some well-paying gigs. Of course keep us posted.

  5. Kirk, if you were to set up a way that we could directly support your blog, something like Patreon, I would gladly send a monthly contribution. Many of us who are regular readers would probably be supportive.

    • I’ve thought of that, but in my experience, seeing how this works with others, it’s not very effective.

  6. Kirk, if you were to set up a way that we could directly support your blog, something like Patreon, I would gladly send a monthly contribution. Many of us who are regular readers would probably be supportive.

    • I’ve thought of that, but in my experience, seeing how this works with others, it’s not very effective.

  7. Will IDG’s move finally reveal the identity of the Macalope?

    I noticed Kirk did not mention that it was one of his columns for Macworld. ::grin::

      • I have been amazed that the secret has been kept. There have been several changes at Macworld/IDG over the years that I thought would finally “out” our horny friend.

        Maybe this change is the one that puts not only Kirk, but the Macalope out to pasture.

        I definitely will miss your great columns on Macworld, their absence greatly reduces the motivation to keep reading Macworld.

  8. Will IDG’s move finally reveal the identity of the Macalope?

    I noticed Kirk did not mention that it was one of his columns for Macworld. ::grin::

      • I have been amazed that the secret has been kept. There have been several changes at Macworld/IDG over the years that I thought would finally “out” our horny friend.

        Maybe this change is the one that puts not only Kirk, but the Macalope out to pasture.

        I definitely will miss your great columns on Macworld, their absence greatly reduces the motivation to keep reading Macworld.

  9. Really sorry to learn the news. SpamSieve does a great job, leaving me with just 5 or 6 regular news sources, with you and George Monbiot up there, then NYT. The Times is something else of course and doesn’t come cheap — do hope you also solve this big problem of our day.

  10. Really sorry to learn the news. SpamSieve does a great job, leaving me with just 5 or 6 regular news sources, with you and George Monbiot up there, then NYT. The Times is something else of course and doesn’t come cheap — do hope you also solve this big problem of our day.

  11. To have a go-to iTunes guy for help with this well-intentioned yet snaggy software throughout its many years of evolution has helped me on many occasions. As it emerged that the iTunes guy is himself a music lover with knowledge that goes well beyond the popular genres, it came to feel like I had a personal advisor. Thanks for all the useful help and tips over the years Kirk. If some organisation or publication doesn’t seize the opportunity to make use of your specialised wisdom and experience, there is no God! Meanwhile if you know of a way to stop the Music app on the iPhone automatically replaying every playlist instead of stopping after the final track, perhaps you could yet sort me out on this point.

  12. To have a go-to iTunes guy for help with this well-intentioned yet snaggy software throughout its many years of evolution has helped me on many occasions. As it emerged that the iTunes guy is himself a music lover with knowledge that goes well beyond the popular genres, it came to feel like I had a personal advisor. Thanks for all the useful help and tips over the years Kirk. If some organisation or publication doesn’t seize the opportunity to make use of your specialised wisdom and experience, there is no God! Meanwhile if you know of a way to stop the Music app on the iPhone automatically replaying every playlist instead of stopping after the final track, perhaps you could yet sort me out on this point.

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