By running in safe mode the plug-ins are not running. The issue may be caused by a plug-in.
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3430 gives instructions on how to manage/troubleshoot 3rd part plug-ins.
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Unfortunately, no plug-in caused my problems.I removed them and restarted,then launched Itunes in normal mode . It promptly crashed, as usual. I further unloaded Google Play and Music Manager thinking of a conflict here, with no improvement. Apple has a problem with it's code; GET TO WORK and EARN YOUR BIG SALARIES!!!