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Pedro_za Level 1 Level 1
Is anyone else experiencing a problem with the visualizer on iTunes 9? The Classic Visualizer is fine it's just the new visualizer. There is a constant flicker with white bars appearing every so often. It's happening on all my Macs & only occurred since the upgrade to iTunes 9.

It's pretty annoying, especially on my Mac Mini which is linked to my plasma.

I'm running Snow Leopard if that helps. Any tips, or other users experience would be greatly appreciated, but I suspect I will need to wait for a further update to iron out this bug.

Cheers Pedro

24 iMac, Macbook Pro 15", Macbook, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Chris Lyle Level 1 Level 1
    having the same problem
  • s.a.douglas Level 1 Level 1
    Having the exact same issue on my MacBook. Some screen savers, not all, are also affected. Given this, I am leaning towards a Snow Leopard issue vs. iTunes but? I did not experience any of this prior to updating the OS (now running 10.6.1). I did "upgrade" my Adobe Flash player since Snow Leopard knocks it back a version or so, but that did not cure the flicker. No luck in finding suggestions in other discussions....will continue to monitor this post and hope that others will chime in. Annoying.... Thanks to any with ideas, or can confirm a "bug".

    Had a heck of a time plugging the computer into work via an Ethernet cable post upgrade too...(fixed by "creating" a new location in Network settings, then it worked same as always....odd) Hope that helps anyone who hasn't found this suggestion elsewhere...

  • Colelondon Level 1 Level 1
    I am having the exact same problem, posted under a different title. It's inconvenient but I guess I will have to not use the vizualiser until an update is forthcoming.

    Not impressed by the quality of the testing on Apple's latest releases though.
  • wadesmith Level 1 Level 1
    Running 10.4.11 and while the 'new' visualizer does work, although somewhat erratically, the 'classic' visualizer does not work at all, but will trash the iTunes window with strange, un-synced bars and lines. Just as well I hardly ever use the visualizer function. I am glad the Mini-Player button is back, FWIW.
  • WoodCookie Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem on my MacBook. I'm surprised at how hard it is to find a remedy.
  • iwantgizmos Level 1 Level 1
    I was happy when iTunes 9.0.1 came out to fix the green max/zoom button to have iTunes switch back and forth between the full iTunes window and the iTunes mini-player. That corrects whoever was the bonehead who took that away.

    But now, I also have that weird Visualizer flickering problem along with the album cover art in the lower-left corner looking corrupted with weird color lines on the top and bottom of the album cover art in that corner.

    I then switched it in the settings to the classic visualizer which looks fine for its old school visualizer look, but then iTunes then starts crashing on me including trashing my "iTunes Music Library.xml" file. The crashing actually rebooted my Macbook. ***? It was like Microsoft Windows! (No, Parallels was NOT turned on and therefore no Windows XP and no Windows 7 were turned on.) I only had the Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard, iTunes 9.0.1 and Firefox 3.0.14 actually running on on my Macbook.

    I had to go to my backup to restore the "iTunes Music Library.xml" file. I restored the other iTunes setting files but I don't know if those got trashed because iTunes only tried to rebuild the trashed "iTunes Music Library.xml" file.

    This crashing happened twice to me and on the second time when iTunes tried rebuilding the xml file, I realized that both happened after I had turned on the visualizer.

    It seems like iTunes is working fine otherwise. So I guess I should stay away from the visualizer? And when Apple comes out with yet another new update for iTunes, then I should make a new backup of the iTunes setting files, and then try the visualizer and hope it doesn't crash or trash my iTunes again.

    Another weird thing with the visualizer is that when you are in mini-player mode, it first goes to the full iTunes window before turning on the visualizer. And you got the full iTunes window after getting out of the visualizer. I don't remember that happening before. Maybe I never noticed that before. But still weird when i would expect it to go back to the mini-player after getting out of the visualizer.
  • Dizzy D Level 1 Level 1

    I've had the same crashing problem running iTunes 9.0.1 in Snow Leopard (my entire Mac locks up and I need to hold down the power button for 5 seconds to shut down then restart after a few seconds). However, mine occurs only while downloading multiple files in the download window under the store menu. I lost my .xml file also. I called AppleCare and they recommended restoring the entire iTunes library from Time Machine. 86 GB! Urg! And you are telling me I could have just restored the .xml file. Rats.
  • czakhary Level 1 Level 1
    I am having the same flickering problem. I am running iTunes 9 on snow leopard. I do not think I was having this problem with leopard, but I am not 100% positive. I did have iTunes 9 on leopard and I do not recall having the flickering problem. Now with snow leopard installed I have noticed this problem. I will say that I had issues with the iTunes music library being corrupted in iTunes 9 running on leopard before I upgraded to snow leopard. I hope there will be a solution to this issue. It is pretty annoying.
  • Scarfield Level 1 Level 1
    Yepp same problem here. I managed to get rid of it when i changed visualizer. But now its back again.
  • shotland Level 1 Level 1
    i also have the flickering problem but i do not have Snow Lepord, i have 10.5.8 so i dont think it is a problem with snow, but maybe with the update.
  • desideratus_sum Level 1 Level 1
    Yes, same visualizer flickering bars at the bottom. Rather distracting. Thanks for posting this bug.
  • Woodturns Level 1 Level 1
    I have this problem with the itunes visualizer, flashing white bars and flickering album art on my Mac Mini after upgrading to Snow Leopard, very annoying! Just looking forward to a fix now.........
  • Mark Graymalkin Level 1 Level 1
    I have the same problem. Flickering white bars when using the iTunes visualizer (the adopted Magnetosphere variant).

    - Mac mini 2,1
    - Snow Leopard 10.6.2
    - iTunes 9.0.2

    The flickering started back with iTunes 9.0.1. Reverting to Snow Leopard 10.6. and 10.6.1 didn't show any change. Other visualizers (JewelCase, the "original" Magnetosphere) are not having this issue.
  • JoshStern Level 1 Level 1
    I seem to be having a similar problem when using any Visualizer except for the Classic and iTunes Visualizer. I have black boxes floating around. Has anyone found a solution for this yet?

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