1000'S OF .TMP FILES IN iTunes DIRECTORY !

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  1. DRDRJAY macrumors newbie

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    Re: iTunes 7.6.1 & 7.6.2.. Windows XP, SP3
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    Aloha,

    After having spent months adding my CD collection to iTunes--over 41 GB worth-- I discovered in the \My Documents\My Music\iTunes folder, right below the iTunes library files were 1000's of IT.tmp files totaling over 7 GB! I only saw this because I was sitting at my computer when it did a backup one night instead of leaving it alone.

    I talked with iTunes Tech by phone..they hadn't a clue and just said to delete them, which I did. But iTunes is still doing it and does not delete them when the program closes!

    Has anyone else had the same experience? Does anyone know why iTunes is doing this and...maybe...have a fix?

    Thanks and Mahalo for your resposnes.

    DRDRJAY
    Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i
     
  2. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    I have two .tmp files in my iTunes folder, both are 3.7 mb, but I also have around 50 files name "Temp File (#1 through 50)," which range in size from 850 kb to 3 mg, and around 75 that are named "iTunes Temp (#1 through 70)" that are around 3 mb. Some of them are text files, while others are iTunes Date Base files. These are taking up a hugh amount of space on my old computer, but I daren't risk damage to my iTunes library. Is it okay the delete these files or not?
     
  3. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    The image below shows my iTunes folder. I have 9384 songs totalling 65,47GB, and have not a single .TMP file. Sometimes I have, but it deletes itself afther iTunes quit.
    Just delete them, it's ok.
     

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  4. DRDRJAY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iTUNES TMP FILES

    Aloha Specialist,
    Thanks for the e-mail and I have deleted lots of them which doesn't seem to affect iTunes. But it keeps doing it, as early as this evening when I ripped one CD with 16 songs and there were 16 IT#.tmp files, all 12,000 kb + ( almost half a gig worth ).

    What piques my curiosity is that version 3 of iTunes was well known for having this problem, so there must be some registry setting in Windows that tells it to delete .tmp files when quitting( or not )..I would think!

    For My DesktopBroke, delete them !

    Someone wrote me and suggested one of my iTunes plugins might be causing it...what do you think?

    Thanks,

    DRDRJAY
    Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i
    April 17, 2008
     
  5. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    XP SP3 isn't officially out yet, so there might be an incompatibility of some sort with iTunes.
     
  6. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    Think it has to do with a plugin then, or SP3. I suggest trying the final SP3 version when it's out, and not using plugins. See if that works. At least you know what's the problem then!
     
  7. DRDRJAY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Re: 1,000 Tmps..hope I'm Not Speaking Too Soon!

    Aloha Specialist,

    I completely uninstalled 'UplayMe' plugin and, so far, no IT#.tmp files! Someone from the iTunes forum explained that some plugins use the same folder as iTunes writes the iTunes Music Library.xml file to and, if the folder is in use by a plugin, then iTunes starts creating tmp files until it can write the Xml file. Doesn't explain why iTunes doesn't delete the .tmp files when it finally writes the Library.xml file...??

    I'm still using the IConcertCal plugin which calendars live performances in your area of the artists in your iTunes Music folder. It's apparently much better behaved!

    I've been a Beta tester of SP3 since the beginning and I don't feel it has any affect here; nice and smooth and faster!

    It's perhaps worth noting that I didn't have this problem on my older, much slower laptop, but my new one is a 2.6ghz Core 2 Duo with 4GB of 800 mhz ram and a 7200 rpm Sata Drive. Things may be moving too fast for the plugin or for iTunes!

    Thanks for your help. If this happens with any other plugins, I'll post again on this subject.

    DRDRJAY
    KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI'I
    APRIL 19, 2008
     

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