Of iTunes, Large Libraries and Powerbooks

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Marneus, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Marneus macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2005
    Hello All,

    I'm about to switch from my current PC setup to a 15" PB 1.67ghz with 512mb of RAM and there is one last very specific issue I want to get cleared up before I go ahead and buy, it might sound petty, but no doubt there are others out there with or had the same concerns.

    How does a computer of that power handle very large libraries (5000ish songs, 4min average), as in will I notice a noticeable lag when scrolling or searching for songs?

    I only ask because on my current set up (700mhz PIII with 512mb of RAM), it is very noticeable, and I am not suprised at all given the speed, but will the aforementioned PB be able to handle it smoothly?

    Thanking you all.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    iTunes runs much much much better on a Mac. My 800MHz iBook runs through my 9000 song collection much better than my 3.0GHz PC ever will. The program was written for Mac and obviously begrudgingly ported to PC.

    Congratulations on the switch, you wont regret it. :)
  3. gost8go macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2004
    I have a 1.5 gHz PB with 3500 songs and there is virtually no scrolling lag. Enjoy!
  4. mcgarry macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2004
    1.33 GHz G4. 3300 songs (13+ GB). No speed issues. My old 350 MHz G3 even did ok. I too have heard that iTunes runs slower on PCs. I don't think you'll have a problem. More RAM might help your system in general, but iTunes' needs should not necessitate an upgrade.
  5. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    My humble 12" 1Ghz PB scrolls through my 3863 songs (18.73GB) without any noticeable lag at all. I don't think you have to worry. Go ahead and get that PB, you'll be glad you did :)
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I have 7000+ songs in my iTunes Library (PB specs below) and I only lag when encountering Japanese text for the first time. Once that's done (once per session) I'm sitting pretty, no lag here.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Ditto, 800 MHz iBook G4, 3931 songs. For me, even with Japanese text, there seems to be more of a system wide issue that it takes a second to allow me to start inputting via the IMA or whatever, after I hit Apple-Space to change over to Japanese.

    And then, of course, I come back to this window and accidentally type "ditto" in Hiragana. :D
  8. matthewr macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    No problems...

    I have a 1.33 GHz 15 inch PB, and 7000 songs (33 GB worth) and don't notice any lag (for instance, if I type "White Stripes" into the search window, the search is done by the time I am done typing (since it begins the search as soon as you start typing, and then refines the search as you add more letters)).

    Oh, and it's not that I'm a slow typer, either, it's just that there is no lag!
  9. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Echoing what everyone else has said here, my PB (1.33GHz G4) scrolls through/searches my 16GB iTunes collection very srply. For that matter, the family iMac G4 800MHz does a stellar job with my daughter's 15GB collection as well.
  10. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    4000+ songs, 1.25GHz Powerbook with 4200rpm drive...
    Slowness never crossed my mind before I read this thread.
  11. evilernie macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005
    Me too

    12,000 + songs. Over 50 gigs. No speed issues.

    Even iPhoto with almost 5,000 pics scrolls quickly.

    I do have 2GB of ram though...

  12. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Powerbook 15" 1.67Ghz, no speed issues with iTunes whatsoever (5966 Songs, 30GB)
  13. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    Just over 15k songs. It gets a little jerky, but I only have 512MB RAM. Revision c. 12".
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I've got about 3,500 songs in my iTunes Library on my Mac (see sig). I've never had scrolling lag, even when my library exceeded 5,000 songs in the past, with all versions of iTunes.

    My library is stored on an external FireWire HD because it's so big (it's a mixture of MP3 and Apple Lossless).

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