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Apple iTunes Sucks: Slow!

Posted in Apple,iPhone,iPod by Elliott Back on November 18th, 2008.

It has to be said–Apple iTunes sucks. It’s freakishly slow on Windows. I don’t know what the problem is, but plugging in my iPhone into a USB 2.0 port to sync it causes the whole system to come to a drag. I’ve got 3 Gbs Seagate drives, 4 Gb of RAM, and I’m still running Windows XP so I can’t even blame Vista.

That leaves Apple holding all the blame. It’s not just syncing either. These are all slow:

  • Importing new songs into my Library of 15K items (probably due to parsing, editing in place, and writing to disk a 10+ Mb XML file for each song) [who uses XML as a database…]
  • Searching through my Library
  • Playing any kind of high bitrate media or encoded video (I have an nVidia 8800 with 512 MB of RAM… it should be able to play a little 720p video smoothly)

Suspiciously, Mac users don’t complain iTunes is slow. Either Steve Jobs literally makes them duller so they tend not to notice the passage of time, or it’s just iTunes on Windows that sucks.

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16 Responses to “Apple iTunes Sucks: Slow!”

  1. Neal says:

    This is an old article, but I feel the need to comment anyway. So far my experience with i-Tunes on Snow Leapord has been pretty bad. The way it imports new music is completely silly. Any mp3 player I’ve used before simply accesses a music file in its folder. The natural response of iTunes is to copy the entire folder (doubling the space the music takes on your hard drive – a completely silly option if you have 30 or so gigabytes of music), which takes forever on its own. Then, the program decides to mysteriously sync all the music, which takes even longer. I hope this is worth the wait. Importing the music from my external HD was much faster than the nonsense I’m going through now.

    I have found a way to make iTunes recognize music without copying the folder, but the import operation was still quite slow, and the sync operation is still there.

    I don’t know if this is what iTunes does on Windows; I had actually rarely used the program before I started using OS-X. At least the import hasn’t slowed my entire computer down; iTunes is the only program lagging while it performs the sync.

  2. pb says:

    minor glitch…

    In preferences/Devices, deselect look for remote speakers… and Look for ipod touch…

    Then, reselect them. Bingo!

  3. Miguel says:

    iTunes 9 Sucks! I cannot begin to explain how sloooooooooow! it is… Syncing is a joke! Apple you’ve taken a huge step BACKWARDS

  4. Scott says:

    I use mac. I can easily say iTunes is terrible on mac as well.

  5. calvin says:

    since updating to itunes 9 its slow to load my tracks, never was before even with a 330gb library! apple need to fix this problem quickly

  6. Ian says:

    Runs fine on my Mac. And I have an 81.96G library =/

  7. Mac iTunes user says:

    I use iTunes on mac and have a large library – it is slow as a snail climbing Mt. Everest! Apple needs to fix the problem… I am even considering starting a dual boot so I can run Winamp instead.

  8. I use both the Mac and PC versions. When I use it with the Mac, there is very little performance hit. When I use it with the PC, Visual Studio 2003 takes ~15 minutes to launch (rather than ~10 seconds) :-(

  9. curson says:

    It’s slow as hell on Mac also, if you have a large library. It’s becoming impossible to work.

  10. Jo R Hamburg says:

    great article!, grats for u site :)

  11. Matt says:

    This is sooooo true. This is the most clunky application ever. Certain menu's don't even work. It does all this **** I never want it to do, like “determining gapless playback”. Screw gapless playback! Leave the gaps in and give me back my computer's CPU! Apple gets a big fat “D” in my book for the quality of the programming behind iTunes. Oh, and how about you make us download the latest sucky version every two weeks. Give me a break.

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    just search on web..

  13. mgoode says:

    I wonder if Krave owners have the same concern. I've been a fan of it ever since I started working with Motorola.It's got a 2 mega pixel camera, blue tooth and a full touch screen. I checked it out online at Motorola .com/krave. Definitely at the top of my holiday tech list.

  14. I'm not sure about searching my library, or importing songs… those seem to run pretty smoothly on my box. I am completely, 100% in agreement with you on the sync though. It's always slow when I try to sync my iphone :(

  15. eddie says:

    they tunned MacOSX and now iTunes runs in a higher priority than the kernel (according to some Apple-crippled versions of dtrace). No way MS will hack Windows in that nasty ways for iTunes. But if you ask about WMPlayer instead, then …

  16. Rob says:

    it just sucks on windows,

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