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iTunes takes 10-30 minutes to launch.

6809 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2013 2:03 PM by Sidius011 RSS
npg323 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 20, 2012 2:53 PM

Every time I try to launch itunes, it shows up whenever it feels like it. It can take up to 30 minutes sometimes. I only have 1,000 songs and 5 or so playlists. Also, another weird thing that happens is everytime, when it finally does show up, i am required to type in my apple id password to "Sign In To Use This Computer for Automatic Downloads". Every. Single. Time. Both of these problems showed up around the same time. I have the latest version of iTunes. My computer has an i7 processor and 8gigs of ram, so I don't think that is the issue. If anyone could help, or offer suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it; as this is very frustrating. Also, once it's open it runs perfectly.

Windows 7
  • whatheck Level 5 Level 5 (4,040 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:30 PM (in response to npg323)

    Check this Apple article out -> iTunes 10.5 for Windows: May see performance issues and blank iTunes Store

    iTunes is slow to respond.


    If you have one of the LSPs mentioned you may want to try a winsock reset or remove the software creating it.

  • whatheck Level 5 Level 5 (4,040 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to npg323)

    Does it startup slowly when you start iTunes in Safe mode or in a new user account?


    This Apple article miht be able to help you narrow down the problem -> iTunes for Windows Vista or Windows 7: Troubleshooting unexpected quits, freezes, or launch issues

    (There is a Windows XP version linked near the top of the article).

  • whatheck Level 5 Level 5 (4,040 points)
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    Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to npg323)

    That article above links to this one, for problems that aren't there in Safe mode -> iTunes: Troubleshooting issues with third-party iTunes plug-ins


    Try removing the plug-ins from

    Windows Vista and Windows 7:

    C:\Users\username\App Data\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunes Plug-ins\

    C:\Program Files\iTunes\Plug-ins

  • Serial_killer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:51 AM (in response to npg323)

    I also I this problem and untill now none of the above fixes solved my isues!


    My itunes takes around 10 to 15 min (with itunes process in process manager) to load!


    The strange think is that my system doesn't show any "stress" while opening it, the cpu load is fine (around 0% actually) and system memory is around 50% 60%, that is totally normal in my computer with itunes and chrome open.

    Please help me this is very annoing, I takes ages to manage my iphone!


    I tried booth lauching in itunes safe mode and start with a new library (shift while opening) the itunes still takes ages to lauch!


    Please help!

  • mercer77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2012 4:03 AM (in response to npg323)

    Try disabling all automatic downloads (Edit > preferences > Store, uncheck all boxes). I enabled these and it caused me no end of grief with itunes freezing. Now I've disabled these it seems ok, at least for now.

  • Cntstrahd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:47 AM (in response to npg323)

    I'm also having the same problem and I have tried everything posted above. The only thing that seems to work is if I unplug my wireless adapter first, start Itunes and once loaded plug the wireless adapter back in. I have also replaces the wireless adapter with a newer one and I am still getting the same problem.

    This is very frustrating any help would be great.

  • Noggin_the_nog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2013 11:24 PM (in response to npg323)

    I had the same problem and found it related to a USB hard drive that I had disconnected a while back. I reconnected the drive and iTunes started up instantly. I'm guessing iTunes was looking for files on the missing drive? I don't think I added any AAC files to the iTunes library from the USB drive but maybe iTunes scans all drives that were attached to the pc when iTunes was installed? Anyway, hope this helps someone.

  • Sidius011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 11, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to mercer77)

    I tried this, and it worked for me.  It would take at least a few minutes for iTunes to open, and I was always thinking I had bad memory or a bad processor, but something just didn't add up.  As soon as I did this, iTunes would always open up much quicker without any delays.  I've done it about a 3-4 times now.  Thank you for this suggestion.  I will let you know if there are any other issues.

    Windows 7


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