Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 7:47 AM (in response to Alasala)
Give some information. Is your iPod , iPad, iPhone plugged in?
Does it show any messages.
If iTunes is trying to sync, look to see if theres a message on device.
What is iTunes trying to do?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to Kneil31)
I have the problem whether a device is plugged in or not (iPhone / iPod).
There are no messages, and it doesn't appear as though iTunes is trying to do anything at all. It just takes focus, every 60 seconds, like clockwork.
I tried it when music is playing, and when it is not.
I have tried leaving iTunes sat on the library, sat in the store, sat on a device, and no matter what, it takes the focus.
Only closing iTunes down stops it from happening.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 1:59 AM (in response to Alasala)
Turns out it's not so clockwork.... and not full time.
When I came back to my PC I had a pop up asking me to update quicktime. I cancelled that and then iTunes didn't steal focus for an unknown period after that. Then eventually it started grabbing focus again, but this time more frequently.
So, I sat there with a stopwatch to determine the intervals between focus grabs, and this is how it panned out
32s, 32s, 38s, 32s, 52s, 32s, 32s, 32s, 30s, 56s, then it didn't grab focus for at least another 2 hours. All very strange.
I have turned off the "check for updates automatically" but that didn't help. I don't sync over wi-fi so that's not it either. My podcasts are set to only update once per day. I am therefore at a complete loss.
Does anyone from Apple software actually read these forums and provide support?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 2:13 AM (in response to Alasala)
Well, I think I might have found my own solution with some experimentation....
I ran the task manager always on top, and minimized iTunes. Every time iTunes grabbed focus, it maximised again but as task manager was set to always on top I could see what processes increased CPU activity every time iTunes maximised.
I saw a program called iTunesAlbumArtGenerator.exe kept going up the process table at a coincidental time with the focus grabs. Seems that was my likely culprit.
Surprisingly, that program is nothing to do with iTunes... it is actually a component of TVMobiLi ( a DNLA streaming program I use - and co-incidentally that I updated only recently).
Once I shut down TVMOBiLi and killed the iTunesAlbumArtGenerator.exe I find that iTunes no longer grabs focus.
Of course, I have already had periods of a few hours at a time where iTunes stops taking focus, so I can't be 100% sure just yet, but I think I may have solved it.
I am posting this information for the benefit of others that have similar problems, as it seems answers are hard to come by here.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 2:18 AM (in response to Alasala)
And from the TVMOBiLi website...
"TVMOBiLi has a companion Artwork handler that reads iTunes and creates thumbnails of your artwork. On Macs this all happens automatically but, on Windows, you must open iTunes to allow TVMOBiLi to read the artwork content. Once this has happened for the first time TVMOBiLi will automatically integrate with iTunes every time you open it. "
Currently Being ModeratedMar 17, 2013 11:31 AM (in response to Alasala)
If you can't figure out if a program is causing the issue, I have found a fix that works for me using iTunes v. 188.8.131.52 and Windows 8
The fix however eliminates ANY program from stealing focus in windows. Which I prefer anyway. This means that you will have to pay attention to your desktop bar or start menu for flashing. This will let you know the program is asking for your attention.
- Open Regedit
- Browse to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\
- Change “ForegroundLockTimeout” to “30d40” (make sure this is in HEX not Decimal)
- Restart your Computer.
For those of you worried about messing with your registry, it is a serious thing to do and it should NOT be taken lightly, Here’s the Page from Microsoft telling you what the key is so you know this is legit fix. I always recommend backing up your registry and creating a save point BEFORE making any changes.