5062 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2009 9:03 AM by kb75
If CD importing has gotten slow after updating to iTunes 8.1, please try this:
1. Quit iTunes.
2. Windows users: Launch iTunes while holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys on the keyboard.
Mac users: Launch iTunes while holding down the Command and Option keys on the keyboard.
You should get a notification telling you iTunes is opening in safe mode.
3. Click Continue.
4. Import a CD as you normally would.
How is the performance? Please report back here.
Could you mention why the speeds are different per song?
Speeds are approximate based on how much has converted so far, and how much file is left.
Also, the complexity of the file has a large bearing on conversion time.
So too does the format type of the file, (someone else mentioned this).
Read errors require the pc to check and check again before moving on. This may have been part of your original problem. Sometimes removing the disc and cleaning can make a big difference.
Read speed varies across the disc from the hub to the edge, as the 'table of contents' file located near the hub needs to be cross-referenced regularly to locate the file contents. As the transport of the read head takes time from the centre to the edge, and this process needs to be repeated, it takes a lot longer near the edge to access a file. This is similar with a hard drive that is near full.
Ever since I updated to itunes 126.96.36.199, import happens at x 0.10 ! That means it's taking itunes TEN times longer to import the songs, than the songs last!
They used to import up to x 16 !
I've contacted Apple several times on this issue, and although they have responded quickly, they have never once admitted there was/is a problem or bug with the update. All they have done is suggested I re-install itunes (didn't fix the problem), update my drive(s) firmware (ditto), or start itunes in safe mode (which improved times to x 4. Why is this?)
I did try and re-install an earlier version of itunes, but then it wouldn't read the library, saying the library was from a newer install!!!
Apple did reply with a troubleshooter for itunes installing (irrelevant).
Due to the fact that so many users are having this problem, would I be paranoid in thinking maybe Apple have done this on purpose, so that we just pay for downloads from itunes store?
I'm gonna buy a Creative Zen.
Yes gang, I have noticed this too ever since I upgraded to iTunes 8.1 the other day. Importing is slower than usual. I'll have to try what Roy B suggested:
+"If CD importing has gotten slow after updating to iTunes 8.1, please try this:+
+1. Quit iTunes.+
+2. Windows users: Launch iTunes while holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys on the keyboard.+
+Mac users: Launch iTunes while holding down the Command and Option keys on the keyboard.+
+You should get a notification telling you iTunes is opening in safe mode.+
+3. Click Continue.+
+4. Import a CD as you normally would.+
+How is the performance? Please report back here."+
*Has anyone reported back if this has made a difference or not?*
Hi Roy. I just tried this but it didn't fix the problem. Besides, a user should be able to have iTunes check to fill in skips while running at 15x+. I use to be able to and now cannot since downloading 8.1. The change was immediate and I noticed it immediately because I am importing my collection (600+ cds). iTunes <8.1 ran like the wind; 8.1+ all of a sudden does not, with the same import settings.