5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2014 3:18 AM by Echidnite
Echidnite Level 1 (0 points)

I just updated iTunes to the latest version about four days ago and am running Windows 7 64 bit.


Whenever I play a podcast episode, the iTunes UI freezes. The audio starts to play correctly, but I can't click on anything, the icon representing the progression through the track doesn't advance, and I can't even move the window around. This lasts for usually ten seconds, but sometimes longer. This seems to happen every time I play a podcast, but not with songs or videos.


This is particularly infuriating because now, since updating, iTunes automatically plays the next podcast episode when the previous one finishes (which I can't figure out how to turn off, any suggestions on that would be appreciated also) and generally I don't want to hear the next episode so I try to hit pause as soon as it starts, but it freezes and I can't, so I'm stuck listening to 10-30 seconds of the next episode before I can do anything about it besides muting my speakers.


Similarly just clicking 'podcasts' from the top left drop down library menu also causes iTunes to freeze for a few seconds. Again this doesn't happen when I click 'music' or 'tv programmes' or 'apps,' only Podcasts. Again this doesn't affect audio playing but the UI becomes completely unusable for about nine seconds. 


This never happened to me before this version of iTunes. Any suggestions?

Windows 7
  • Steffen B. Nielsen Level 1 (0 points)

    Exact same thing happens to me, and as far as I've heard, the problem exists on Mac as well. Between this problem and the less than brilliant podcast app, it's hard to stay excited about using iTunes as a way to manage podcasts.

  • dinkomy Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem on a Mac OS. Any time when I select my iPod nano, and then click on Podcasts tab, iTunes freezes.

    My Mac OS is 10.8.5 and iTunes version is 11.1.1 (11) 64-bit.


    Any help on solving this issue would be appreciated!

  • jeichbau Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been having issues for 3-4 weeks. navigating between tabs, downloding podcast, syncing, ejecting, pretty much anything I do in ituens will hang the program for 10-20 seconds.


    Running windows vista and have all current updates. I have tried re-installing itunes with no luck.

  • TontoJ Level 1 (0 points)

    I've also had this same problem for months now. Ever since the "upgrade" to 11 podcasts have been a disaster.

  • Echidnite Level 1 (0 points)

    Just for everyone's information, I completely gave up using iTunes and the Podcasts app - now I manage all my podcasts with Downcast entirely on my iPhone, and even when I'm at home working on my desktop, I get out my iPhone and play it through that. Far fewer headaches.