3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2015 9:47 AM by WilkyF18
ScutterOz Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All.


After upgrading iTunes to 11.0.4 my faithful Mac mini can't get any sleep. It tries, but as soon as it sleeps something wakes it back up again within seconds. Actually what happens is the mac sleeps then about a minute later it wakes for a few seconds and then sleeps again, another minute later and the cycle repeats.


So far i've narrowed it down to iTunes and then to home sharing. If i quit iTunes or disable home sharing the Mac Mini sleeps fine and stays asleep. Load iTunes with home sharing turned on and it's back to its insomnia.


Now i'm not all that clever when it comes to the reading console logs or tinkering in the terminal, but i did manage to confirm this with 'pmset -g assertions' and watching the state of  'PreventUserIdleSystemSleep' change from 1 to 0 and back again as homesharing was turned on and off - it's all fun!


Does anyone have any suggestions or is this something common to 11.0.4? It worked fine before the upgrade.


I have a macbook air which i'm going to have a play with tonight and see if i can replicate the problem there, but if not i'll need help working out how to fix it on the Mac Mini. Hosting my iTunes library is all it has to do in life, without home sharing life has no meaning for it.


Many thanks in advance.

Mac mini (Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Allen A Community Specialists

    Hello ScutterOz,



    This behavior is to be expected, as the system must maintain its presence on the network in order for other devices to be able to locate your Home Share.


    About Wake on Demand and Bonjour Sleep Proxy



    With Wake on Demand enabled (see below) and your Mac in sleep mode, your Mac will occasionally wake for a brief time, without lighting the screen, in order to maintain active shared service registrations with the Bonjour Sleep Proxy. On some Macs, sounds from the optical drive, hard drive, or fans may be heard during these brief periods. Note: Removing a sleeping Mac from the network will automatically remove its registered shared services from the Bonjour Sleep Proxy.





  • ScutterOz Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Allen


    Many thanks for the links, although i was aware of the sleep proxy and its uses. The problem i'm having does seem to be related to this, although the key difference between what i am (or was) experiencing is the definition of 'occasionally' as mentioned on the page you linked to.


    What i was experiencing was the mac mini would go to sleep then 60 second later it would stir, as if being woken to reregister its services with the sleep proxy, then it would go back to sleep. Then around 60 seconds later it would do this again, and so on and so forth until it was fully woken in one way or another.


    Now i do seem to have made progress after digging around a little further. I did figure out that it was a bonjour service/ or device that was causing the mac mini to stir And as i mentioned in my previous message this behaviour would cease if itunes was closed or home sharing was turned off. So the only thing on the network that was connected to this was my 2 apple TVs. As a test i unplugged both boxes and put the mini to sleep again. Then i waited and waited and the mini stayed soundly asleep.


    I have since plugged the 2 ATVs back in, one at a time, and the mini now seems to be sleeping for around an hour before it wakes, presuming to do the sleep proxy service thingo.


    i'm just running another test to prove to myself that it is actually back to a more normal state with both ATVs plugged in, so fingers crossed.


    if anyone knows, does this now sound like a normal setup with the way the sleep proxy works?


    i suppose i should have done this at the start, but i have 1 airport extreme, and 2 ATVs (and few ipads, iphones and the like all onthe network), if that helps.



  • WilkyF18 Level 1 (0 points)



       I've had the same problem.  I've narrowed it down further than iTunes.  It seems it is iTunes AND AppleTV causing the issue, like you also concluded.  If I either quit iTunes or unplug my AppleTV the behavior stops and I just get the normal alarm wake ups every few hours.


    Open console and type "wake reason" for your system log.  Are you getting "PWRB GLAN" every 10-15 minutes when your iTunes is open and an AppleTV somewhere on your network?


    Looking for answers:


    Re: Apple TV 3 wakes Mac Mini running iTunes with home sharing every 10 mins or less!


    iTunes - Excessive Wake-ups (PWRB GLAN)