I have had an issue for several months now, which iTunes has been crashing instantly when I try to play certain songs. Today, after looking for ideas to fix it, I was able to pinpoint that the problem is with certain artists. The first one I know for sure in my iTunes Library is "Eminem", if I try to play ANY song with Eminem as the artist, iTunes will crash within one second every single time. However, if I changed the artist name to "Eminem1", the song will play perfectly fine. Changing the artist back to "Eminem" will lead back to the same crashes as before.
http://imgur.com/a/Kj9JN This is a two photo album showing iTunes playing a song fine, but then crashing after changing the artist back.
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5247363 Here is a topic where another user had the same issue on Mac. He had luck changing the artist name then right back again, I did not.
https://discussions.apple.com/message/22327716#22327716 Here is another Windows user with the same problem.
I have had this problem for several months, I'm not sure which version of iTunes it started on, but today I uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes with the current version with no luck.
I'm a little late to the party but hopefully someone who finds this in the future can use the help. I was having this problem for months and hating itunes. Then discovered it was the result of date plugins. Check this link, it will tell you exactly what to do.
If safe mode allows you to paly the songs then go here:
Once you remove the rouble plugin you'll be happy again.