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Any tips on making iTunes more stable?

Asked by derektherock42 (191points) February 17th, 2010

I run iTunes 9.0.3 on Windows 7 RC. I have about 200 albums, adding up to about 11 GB.

While iTunes on Mac works well, iTunes on Windows is pitiful. Is there any way I can make it perform snappier and more responsively?

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Rarebear's avatar

Hm. I have itunes on my windows and it works fine.

derektherock42's avatar

@Rarebear Interesting… Most of the people I’ve heard from also have performance problems with iTunes. Which Windows version do you run?

eponymoushipster's avatar

Running it on the RC might be an issue. What are the specs on the machine itself?

Rarebear's avatar

@derektherock42 XP. Maybe I’m not aware of the performance problems because that’s what I’ve always had. It’s a little slow, but I really haven’t had problems with it.

jaytkay's avatar

I have no trouble with iTunes, either. I’ve used it with Windows XP, Vista 32 and 64, Windows RC 64. Even on my 5-year old laptop it works fine.

My desktop has Win 7 RC 64, 4GB RAM and a CPU with a middle-of-the-road Passmark score of 1300.

I do not have an iPod. Is it the syncing which is slow?

Ria777's avatar

I find iTunes a bit of a pain in Mac OS, even. perhaps you should just use a different player.

ShiningToast's avatar

iTunes is a massive resource hog, and there is really no way around it that I know of. I know your pain though.

If it’s any consolation, it’s not great on OSX either. A bit better, but not a whole lot.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@ShiningToast what do you use then, pray tell?

ShiningToast's avatar

@eponymoushipster What do you mean? As my music program? I use iTunes. I still like it, even though it slows down my computer a bit.

jrpowell's avatar

@ShiningToast :: It is slow to start. But it doesn’t hammer the CPU on OS X. pic. And that is while syncing my iPod Touch and playing music.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

Use a macintosh. Everything’s more stable. But if you don’t want to do that, just make sure you keep the latest itunes version installed.

limeaide's avatar

I have Win7×64, latest version of itunes and have never ever had an issue. Maybe as @eponymoushipster said it’s the RC.

eponymoushipster's avatar

If you really find iTunes is a beast, you could try Songbird. It’s an open-source alternative to iTunes, based on Mozilla – same as Firefox, Thunderbird, etc. I wouldn’t say it runs way faster for me, but in your situation it might work.

ShiningToast's avatar

@johnpowell I guess you are right, I just check mine and it’s at 2.9% while syncing my iPhone. I guess I’m still biased from when I used it on Windows :P. I don’t know why I still feel that way years later.

@eponymoushipster Interesting, I’ll probably use it on my new Windows box.

derektherock42's avatar

@Tenpinmaster I’ll definitely use a Mac once I can afford one.

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