iTunes performance on Mac suffering right now?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by WickedRabbit, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. WickedRabbit macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    So as of the past short few weeks seems like iTunes on my Mac runs incredibly slow, especially when performing searches or just using the Store portion in general. I thought it was just internet lag until I booted up my windows laptop and opened iTunes and everything was - dare I say it? - snappier on Windows. I've been playing around with both lately and iTunes on Windows is definitely outperforming my Mac adn it was only within the last few weeks that I noticed iTunes got terribly sluggish on it. Any ideas?
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    There are many things that can cause this:

    1. Apple Servers have troubles
    2. Not enough RAM
    3. Not enough hard drive space
    4. New applications downloaded
    5. New updates installed

    NOTE: Apple cannot control iTunes through servers, only through updates. It can only control the Store through its servers. So it must be something you did to make it slow, not Apple.
  3. WickedRabbit thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    This is a brand new iMac (only 2-3 months old) that I primarily use for work and day to day purposes. So, the only thing I've "done" to it, would be installing Apple's updates, which would still go back to me saying that iTunes works fine on my PC, but horrible on the Mac lately.

    I think I might have found the problem. I disabled the check for available downloads option and my speed went right back to normal levels. I'm not sure exactly what that option checks (is it app downloads, music downloads, software updates, etc.?), but disabling that made my speed go back to normal right away. I went from "accessing the iTunes store" (followed by a 5-10 second delay) to near instant loading again. Big difference.
  4. TomThumbIMP macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009
    Thank you, for sharing this. I am not yet sure if it will solve my problem, but I hope it will. Ive been suffering form really sluggish work of my iTunes, no joke.
    Please, anyone who can share more on their experience with iTUnes recently, it would help to understand what is up with it, nonetheless knowing what to do sometimes does not entirely helps the situation. Thus more input and ideas how to solve slow performance of iTunes will be greatly appreciated.

    You guys have a great weekend
  5. Nicholas.J.Moor macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2009
    similar issues?

    My library has increased from roughly 20k songs to about 77k (almost 500gb) songs in the last 4 months and over time i noticed a steadily progressive decline in itunes performance. It seems that itunes functionality is simply not scaled to handle a music database of this size - though i could be wrong. I turned off the genius feature and auto-update which helped tremendously - though i always update upon first availability. Since itunes access files sorted by artist i've simplified and condensed the artist list by adding co-artist names to tracks. Finally, I installed iStat Menus to track my CPU usage in real time.

    There is still a genuine lag (playing songs and scrolling library), that even with all other programs off, my istat menus still reads that there is plenty of available processing power.

    Is there some kind of mac database software that could more effectively manage my library? Are there more ways to improve itunes performance? WTF?
  6. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    77K songs? Not even DJ music software isnt designed to take take much.

    Hers a better tip.


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