iTunes 10.5 sounds crap

Discussion in 'iPod' started by boss.king, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I used to have no problem listening to low quality mp3s because iTunes made them sound alright, but with 10.5 they sound hissy and flat. What was wrong with the standard equalizer before? It sounded great with all my music, why did they change it?

    I checked with Zune player and they sound much better than on iTunes, even though they used to sound similar on both only a few days ago.

    Anyone else notice this?
  2. macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2011
    Yea I have the same problem. Hope Apples fixes this ASAP. Even on my iPod the sound quality changed.
  3. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Go to Preferences / Playback
    - turn off sound enhancer
    - turn off sound check

    turn off equalizer

    Test. Then turn one back at a time and test.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Sounds the same to me. I'm running off an external DAC, but it shouldn't matter either way as long as you have any iTunes filters off.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Turning on sound enhancer seemed to make it a little better but there's still this horrible hiss that I don't get on Zune. I guess I'll just have to play around in the equalizer for a bit :(

    EDIT: I had them all off to start with and that was worse
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Good ol' Germany
    Everything normal here. both internal sound card and apogee external interface on h/k GLA-55...
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    Are you SURE all your cables are connected fine? What happens if you play the same MP3 file in QuickTime or VLC?
  8. Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    No problems here from two different machines, one Windows and one OSX. Both iPods and an iPhone, no issues.
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2011
    No change on any of my machines.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
  11. macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2010
    I updated last night and noticed this as well. The mids seem to be flat sounding and I've noticed that the bass is missing some of its punch. It also seems that the highs are sounding a bit screechy as well but I haven't noticed that nearly as much as the muddled mids and the softer bass.

    I have all enhancements turned off and have been playing around with the various settings to see if I can correct the sound, but something has definitely changed.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    same problem here, the sounds seems very flat. I have read somehwere that iTunes 10.5 is the first one that does not use QuickTime libraries, so... Anyone knows how to force iTunes to use QuickTime?
  13. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Any changes would have been subtle, and not night and day differences like a couple of you are reporting. That hints that something is wrong elsewhere.
  14. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Well the only thing that has changed is iTunes, so I'm not sure what the problem would be. My movies sound the same as before, music through Zune sounds the same as before, I'm not sure what else could be a problem. :confused:
  15. macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Well first of all, the hiss you're reporting sounds like a hardware problem, whether it be a bad jack, bad noise floor from your playback equipment or amplifier, or bad impedance matching. All iTunes gives you is 1s and 0s, it has nothing to do with hiss. Its less than optimal EQ can lead to horribly flat songs (not as in a flat frequency response, but flat dynamics), as it adds harmonics throughout the entire audio spectrum, and its sound 'enhancer' can cause for horrible audio balance, a corruption of the soundstage, and large amounts of clipping, so it's safe to always have those off.

    That leads me to a question-- what exactly are you using to playback your music through iTunes?
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    play in quicktime

    Play it in another app as jdavtz said. Try it in Quicktime player and try it in VLC.

    If iTunes is the culprit it should be fixed in both VLC and Quicktime player. If Quicktime is the culprit it should be fixed in VLC only.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    Stop listening to low-quality MP3s. :D Seriously I suspect a hardware issue from the hissing as TMRaven says, though that would not explain why Zune sounds better.
  18. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Some of these songs only exist as low quality MP3s though. It's an iTunes issue for me, other programs seem to handle them fine. I'll see if the next update fixes it, but until then I guess I'll be using Zune.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    iTunes 10.5 mp3 playback is distorted

    iTunes 10.5 has a bug for Windows XP users (apparently with an AMD chipset, only). mp3 file playback sounds tinny and distorted. m4a files play just fine. Based on my call to tech support, Apple knows about the bug, and is planning to get a fix out. But no timeline was specified, and they don't seem to be publicizing the bug at all. Got an email from Apple Support Community on how to rollback to iTunes 10.4, but its not that simple, so I'm going to wait for the fix.
  20. macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2003
    I'd assume this is going to be fixed in 10.5.1 later this month when iTunes Match is released.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    Re: iTunes 10.5 mp3 playback is distorted

    Sure hope you're right, Fuchal. Apple is being close-mouthed about this issue. Maybe they want me to buy a Mac.
  22. macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Newest iTunes and iOS, everything sounds the same to me...but then I mostly listen to podcasts.

    EDIT: Oh, Windows 7, an Asus G74 notebook, and fourth gen iPod touch.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    itunes 10.5 is very doesn't allow album art to sync to ipod. update needed asap
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    No issues here

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