Memory Leak on my iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by seenemo, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. seenemo macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2009
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    My iMac seems to be leaking memory. I'll be running iTunes and converting music from flac to alac, and I'll be using my full 8gb of ram. It doesn't seem normal and only happens sometimes. Any suggestions
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    It isn't leaking memory. Remember, Mac OS X is a UNIX based system. On UNIX based systems, free memory is wasted memory. The ram should always have something in it. If the system or an application needs more ram, Mac OS X will free some for the application to utilize. Once again, its all normal.
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Try using Memtest for OS X. It'll tell you if your RAM is good or not. Also, are you sure iTunes is using the majority of your RAM during that process? Can you post a screen shot of Activity Monitor on the memory tab?
  4. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    I wouldnt worry, your ram is just being converted from "free" memory to "inactive memory". inactive memory is being saved by an app when it thinks it could be needed.
  5. uRabbit macrumors member

    May 13, 2011
    Not sure if I believe all that "free memory is wasted memory" stuff. I notice that when my FreeMemory app displays low numbers, I will get poor performance. Safari, iTunes, Mail... all will perform slower.

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