iTunes 11 memory leak?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by tekksan, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. tekksan macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    My iMac has been crashing a lot lately and I suspected a memory leak so I wrote a script to log the memory usage of the top 10 apps every 15 minutes. This morning it crashed again, and I saw this info for the top process (iTunes):

    RSIZE: 4376M+
    VPRVT: 70G+

    The next highest app (for comparison) was kernel_task with this:
    rsize: 1294M+
    VPRVT: 199M+

    So, it's pretty obvious, the machine crashes because lack of swap space due to iTunes taking up 70G+. Is there a known memory leak for iTunes 11.0.2? The machine will sometimes work for days without a crash. Sometimes only for one day.

    It's very frustrating.
  2. Planky, Mar 24, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013

    Planky macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    The Sunny Isle of Wight
    iTunes definitely has a memory leak for me.

    I am running 10.7.5 fully updated with iTunes 11.0.2.

    When I first launch iTunes it takes about 130-140MB real memory, but after a couple of days running the system slows down dramatically and iTunes hangs and a visit to Activity Monitor shows iTunes taking about 850MB and you can watch it rise every few seconds, and with about 20GB swap used :eek:. Now this is in a Mac Mini with a maximum 2GB RAM! :eek:

    I have to force-quit iTunes then restart the system to get any responsiveness back.

    I have had this problem since iTunes 11. :mad:
  3. Planky macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    The Sunny Isle of Wight
    Freshly launched iTunes:

    After a few hours running:

    And about 24 hours after launch (only playing occasional music):

    And it has hung again! :mad:
  4. alexfc macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2012
    Same thing is happening here. After I browse a while in Itunes Store or just let Itunes open for a few hours , it starts eating a lot of memory. Then I close it , open , and its ok. But then , after a few hours , it starts eating memory again. It's a cycle...Hope Apple fix it soon.
  5. zibberfitchy macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    iTunes 11 memory leak

    I have the same problem, but it only takes minutes, not hours. After 10-15 minutes, iTunes 11.0.4 has consumed 7 GB of RAM and the program becomes unresponsive. I'm running OS X 10.8.4 on a 2012 27" iMac with 12 GB of RAM. I have to force quit iTunes to recover because the program becomes unresponsive.

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