iTunes 4.9 Beachball of Doom

mnkeybsness

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Lately my iTunes has been giving me the beachball more and more often. After upgrading to 4.9 the other day, I've been getting it all the time.

When clicking on the iTunes window (if it is not the active applicatin) I get the beachball. On startup it beachballs for a few seconds. Often between songs it will beachball (just playing, not random or anything).

And now, certain artists are starting to just continually "skip". I have 14,902 songs, 63.48GB on a separate (internal) hard disk. So, since he music is the only thing that populates this drive, so I rand Disk Utitlity to verify and repair the disk and found nothing wrong. I also repaired permissins on my operating system drive. Made sure that no other applications are running, restarted, etc...

I don't know what's going on. Is it iTunes? Is my hard disk going to crap out on me? Has anyone else had issues like this?
 

liketom

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Not me , but i only got about 1000 songs in iTunes.


does iTunes have a limit on how much it can store like iPhoto's 25k ?
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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What is your PowerMac's specs?

iTunes (specially if you also use Airtunes) is a real memory and CPU hog. Just playing music is usually enough to get the occasional beach-ball on my iBook G4@800 with 640 MB RAM...
 

mnkeybsness

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Quicksilver 733
1GB Ram
Startup: 80GB
Music: 120GB
No airport/airport express

I just ran top:

Code:
Processes:  75 total, 3 running, 72 sleeping... 260 threads            16:54:55
Load Avg:  3.55, 2.02, 1.63     CPU usage:  44.6% user, 30.1% sys, 25.3% idle
SharedLibs: num =  174, resident = 43.1M code, 5.13M data, 9.52M LinkEdit
MemRegions: num = 14256, resident =  458M + 15.6M private,  149M shared
PhysMem:   111M wired,  190M active,  621M inactive,  923M used,  228M free
VM: 6.28G +  118M   33261(0) pageins, 0(0) pageouts
Found that iTunes runs up to 90% of CPU when changing songs, in order, same artist/album and then drops back down to 10-18%.
 

mnkeybsness

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liketom said:
Not me , but i only got about 1000 songs in iTunes.


does iTunes have a limit on how much it can store like iPhoto's 25k ?

It used to have a limit of 30-35,000, but then people found out, made it public and then Apple fixed that so it doesn't have a limit.