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Why does iTunes slow down computer speeds so badly???

22364 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2006 12:39 AM by pogomwg RSS
The Escapist Calculating status...
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I like iTunes' interface and Music Store integration. But why in God's name is it so processor-hungry? Honestly. I'm forced to use iTunes only for iPod updating. But when I want some tunes, I use Windows Media Player. I really wish I could use iTunes to hear music, but it's just slows my laptop down way too much
  • CasperGemini Level 5 Level 5 (4,305 points)
    You may want to run a spyware / adware / virus scan on your computer, just to be sure. iTunes doesn't normally do that, even on an average speed processor.
    Toshiba Laptop, Windows XP, iPod w/ Color Display (20GB)
  • Vipod Calculating status...
    You may want to run a spyware / adware / virus scan
    on your computer, just to be sure. iTunes doesn't
    normally do that, even on an average speed processor.


    This is not always so. I have a PC and itunes runs slowly even though i have put a new hard drive in. It has everything to do with the prossesor and nothing to do with a virus.
    BACK-UP YOUR MUSIC
  • pac_80 Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Long as your system meets the min system reqirements to run iTunes it shouldn't bog down the system. Most likly its a issue with some software interfering or hardware configuation. It also could be to many programs loaded up in memory and running in the background.

    You can try afew things, turn off or disable antivirus and/or other programs in the system tray (Lower right corner of windows where you see your time) To determine if one of these programs is causing the bog when you use iTunes. Install updates/patches offered for your PC model on the PC makers site (Like Dell, HP, Compaq ect ect). Im not so sure about Dell but I know my mother has afew HP's and alot of there models have issues with iTunes and require updates or patches they offer on there site to fix conflicts that happen with iTunes on there PCs
    Dell, Windows XP, 5G iPod
  • Room 237 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    May 21, 2006 8:52 PM (in response to pac_80)
    Until today I was using iTunes version 5 without a problem.

    I just updated to 6.0.4 and now my CPU usage never drops below 80%

    I have a laptop and since I installed the update, my cooling fans have not stopped screaming.

    This is not good. I will have to find a way to switch back to version 5.
    Dell Inspiron 5160, Windows XP
  • Scotten Calculating status...
    I beleive its because Apple want you to buy more Apple based technology, programmed to run their products more efficiantly.
    Apple are really trying to say "Look at this, Windows OS run this application slow compare to Mac OS, it MUST be your OS problemb."


    I personaly hate Apple software, it usues up enormous amounts of processing power to stay stable and their applications are usually so limited compare to most programs.
    Windows XP, 1 gig of DDR 433 ram, 2.4 ghz processor, GeForce FX 5700LE 256mb graphics card.
  • Trantor Cabbie Calculating status...
    Actually, I would have to disagree with him about Apple engineering iTunes to make you buy more of their gear. I run iTunes on a dual-processor G4 and, prior to version 5 or 6, it ran VERY fast, even when accessing the music store.

    Ever since I updated it, though, it has become excruciating! It usually takes me nearly a full minute (sometimes longer) to log onto the music store front page, and many operations involving search functions drag as well.

    This simply wasn't the case with the earlier music store compatible versions. The change was so abrupt that I really don't think it's the hardware -- somebody goofed up big-time with the software.

    G4/533DP   Mac OS X (10.3.9)  
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    Jun 26, 2006 10:41 PM (in response to Scotten)
    Scotten
    That's ********. Norton 2005 interferes with iTunes on a regular basis.

    I hate Norton, and that was even before I installed iTunes. I have never had such a hateful frustration of getting rid of Norton from my PC as Norton.

    Because it didn't just mess with iTunes, it messed with a lot of other stuff.

    And go read the music store pages, McAfee isn't musch better, it auto blocks the iTunes program download.

    You haven't asked enough questions to see if this is really an apple problem.
    Pentium 4 ~ 3GHz, Windows XP, SP2, external hard drive, B&W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle
  • pogomwg Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2006 12:39 AM (in response to Scotten)
    I beleive its because Apple want you to buy more
    Apple based technology, programmed to run their
    products more efficiantly.
    Apple are really trying to say "Look at this, Windows
    OS run this application slow compare to Mac OS, it
    MUST be your OS problemb."


    I personaly hate Apple software, it usues up enormous
    amounts of processing power to stay stable and their
    applications are usually so limited compare to most
    programs.



    /sigh ever since iTunes and iPods. these windoze people keep spouting pointless and factless stuff on the forums.

    Too bad they did not make iPods for mac only. Maybe we wouldnt have pointless threads/comments.



    iBook G4 1.42, 3.2HT pent 2 gig ram 7800GS nvidia Mac OS X (10.4.6)
    iBook G4 1.42, 3.2HT pent 2 gig ram 7800GS nvidia, Mac OS X (10.4.6)

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