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corryzahn Level 1 (0 points)
I don't know that a lot of people use it, but the visualizer is all messed up with the iTunes 10 upgrade. A little history. I have a mac mini hooked up to the TV in the living room. I use it to listen to music through the AV system all the time. I don't like having the screen saver come on, and then have the screen go to sleep, so I usually turn on the visualizer. It's cool to have on in the background, and is a nice conversation piece.

Up until yesterday, when I upgraded to 10, the visualizer would keep the screen active, preventing the screen saver, and sleep mode from kicking in. This is no longer the case in 10. It will allow the screen saver to come on, and move the visualizer from full screen back to the iTunes window... and then the screen will go to sleep.

There are so many things I dislike about this upgrade... Anyone else have this same issue? Any ideas on a fix for this one?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • harrykim Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry, no answer. I have the same problem. I love my Vizualizer and just let it play on full screen endlessly, adapting itself to each random tune played.
    What has happened? It reverts to screensaver. I re-enter password and Viz returns in a small screen and I have to go to menu and select "list "to clear the Viz.

    Previously, to close the Viz, all I had to do was single-click anywhere.

    You have stuffed up, Apple. Please fix this and we will all be happy.

  • Jeffrey Bonacci Level 1 (45 points)
    My problem is that the vizualizer seems to stutter now. It used to be so smooth. Updated to v10 this am and now it is just stuttering like crazy. Too bad because I use it on my TV as well when I entertain. I hope they fix this issue.
  • munkofunk Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm also experiencing poor visualizer performance.
  • Richard Wessels Level 2 (240 points)
    It may not be an answer, but it is possible they changed this behavior to plug a security hole. Also, to make the OS more green.

    Yes, I read all the posts and I understand what you are trying to do. I would simply state that the mode you described would bypass any power management settings and security settings that where in place.

    At home, connected to a TV this might not seem important. In a place of business however, it might well be.

    I can not say for certain that was the reason for the change, but it does seem plausible given the nature of the change.
  • corkyj Level 1 (0 points)
    i am also having visualizer problems since upgrading to itunes 10...
  • corryzahn Level 1 (0 points)
    since I have this set up on the TV, I just changed the screen saver setting to NEVER for this afternoon, while we have people over. Hopefully, there will be a fix to this.

    Although, the response about security and energy conservation does make sense... as much as I don't like the fact that this doesn't work anymore.
  • BirdMan_124 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem with the screensaver cutting out the visualizer. However, in response to those people who say their visualizer is stuttering, I've heard that resetting all visualizer settings fixes this problem but I don't know because I never had this problem. Apple, why have you failed us?!?
  • corkyj Level 1 (0 points)
    for me the itunes 10 visualizer appears very small, about 10% full screen, in the lower left corner. though the "classic" visualizer works fine...
  • pbeargirl Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same issue since upgrading to iTunes 10 on my 2006 MacBook. Additionally, I can hear the hard drive powering up while iTunes is running and it's heating up my power cord near the part that plugs into the computer enough to melt away the plastic and expose the wires underneath. A more complex issue with iTunes, perhaps? Hope it gets solved soon!
  • JaySC Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree that removing this visualizer feature (iTunes Visualizer keeps screen active) has created a bug. A typical use is to play iTunes for an extended time. Previously, to prevent the screen from going to sleep and requiring me to login again when I wanted to change Playlist I would simply turn on Viz. This would block my power and security settings from taking over and I understood that. Life was good. With the upgrade, I cannot block these power and security settings when I wish to play iTunes for an extended time and have interrupted access to the iTunes app (i.e. not have to login again.) The next best option I have is to disable the power and security settings thereby making my account less green and less secure.

    I expect this was an intended change by Apple to improve green and security. However, Apple should reconsider. A primary use case (for me at least) is now broken. My only workaround is to disable the green and security features Apple was trying to shore up.

    Apple - How about an option in Advanced Settings (or poke in a plist) to restore Viz as pre-empting power and security settings?
  • GAZ1360 Level 1 (0 points)
    As regards to your visualiser being small in the bottom left hand corner, after messing about a bit if i put the visualiser on while using anything but my main music playlist (say...itunes dj) I have the same problem as you, yet if I play itunes dj, then select music in the playlist menu then select visualiser it works fine.
    Hope this sorts you out!
  • corkyj Level 1 (0 points)
    yes, that does work! and the visualizer also works properly from "podcast" and "genius", just not from "music"...! thanks...
  • Alexander Thomas1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I know why the visualizers look choppy: they capped the update rate of spectrum and waveform data to 16 updates per second, which is especially problematic for cases like discussed in this thread:
  • Omnifarious Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the opposite problem. I've never used the visualizer, and I don't like it or want it.

    With iTunes 10, when the iTunes window has the focus the list tends to disappear when the song starts and is replaced by a blank screen with a set of stereo-style controls at the bottom. It looks like a visualizer screen without the visualizer.

    If the iTunes window has focus, and I force the screensaver on with a hot corner, screen saver is turned off periodically. Since I have the screensaver prompt for a password, this typically results in the password dialog showing up and staying on the screen forever, defeating the purpose of a screensaver. LCDs get burn in too.
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