iTunes Draining Battery Life

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zulumonk, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. zulumonk macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2009
    I've had my Air since Christmas and am very satisfied with how it has performed thus far. I have recently started using iTunes to listen to music while surfing the web or using other non intensive programs such as Inkscape. It appears that iTunes decreases my battery life considerably more than any other program that I use, even if I have a song on pause. While using iTunes my fully charged battery will display 4 to 3.5 hours of life remaining. When I have iTunes closed my computer will display a battery life of 7 to 9 hours, often with usage times the exceed that. Has anyone had similar experiences with iTunes and poor battery life, or am I doing something wrong here?

    P.S. I have already calibrated my battery.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's not necessarily iTunes. Battery time remaining is highly variable and depends on how intensive your activities at the time are.

    Also, playing music through speakers drains battery much faster than through headphones.
  3. zulumonk thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Thanks for the tip. I do usually listen to my music through the speakers and will try using some headphones later to see if it helps.
  4. MacRuler macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    i have noticed the same there any other music playing program that is less cpu intensive? thanks
  5. jace88 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    iTunes has always been a resource hog on any machine (Wintel or Mac)... not surprised if expected battery remaining halves when using it!

    As for alternatives, Googling it led me to this thread:

    Wade through the junk a bit and there are a few recommendations such as Ecoute and Songbird.

    Note: I personally still use iTunes as I like the library management... but if possible, I'll just use my iPod.

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