How To Make iTunes For Windows Run Faster


11.05.2011

How To Make iTunes For Windows Run Faster

This article is going to help you guys make iTunes for Windows PC run faster, as it can get very annoying to see how slow it works sometimes. Follow this useful tips guide and improve your iTunes performance and overall enhance the control you have over your music collection and so on.

Anyway note that can be independent issues that may cause iTunes to run slow, as how powerful your system is and how many items you have running at that time, but in the same time different modifications can be applied to iTunes settings so you can speed things up.

Users can install iTunes faster by disabling few things on your Setup Assistant, so if you have many song files into a specific folder, iTunes will want to add them all, so if you want to speed up the process and not wait while it searches the music and movies folders to add them, uncheck both options.

If you do not give iTunes the permission to keep your media folder organized it will improve the performance of iTunes and in the same time will gain more control over your media collection becoming more appealing to music enthusiasts.

Deactivate Unused Services

Apple is assuming that you might own an Apple TV, iPhone or any other kind of Apple product, so if you do not have some of the iDevices, first you have to disable them, so open iTunes and go to Edit and Preferences. Because there are some services that are enabled by default to find them, the ones that you do not need simply disable them.

If you do not need an iPhone, iPod touch or maybe other iPad Remotes lock them, then click the devices tab and uncheck Lock for remote speakers connected with AirTunes. Likewise if you do not have an Apple TV or do not want it to check it when is starts up just uncheck lock for Apple TVs.

To improve iTunes speed, you can also deactivate Smart Playlist, i realize that a lot of users love this feature, but once is disabled iTunes load almost instantly. Even if SmartPlaylist is deactivated you can still make your own playlists, but this time without slowing the performance down.

Now when you will be deleting a certain playlist, a message asking if you are sure will appear, check ” Do not ask me again and continue with the default playlist deletion.

Deactivate Genius

If you have Genius enabled it will consume a lot of resources in the background, you have the option to disable this feature.

Disable Cover Flow

For users having an older system this feature can cause iTunes to load and run pretty slow, other problem is that with it ON you have to flip through album by album which is completely annoying.

Use the regular browser view which is the fastest way to find the collections of the artists that you are looking for instead of using Cover Flow.

Remove Duplicate File

There are a lot of chances that when you have a huge music collection duplicates to be found, find and delete them by clicking of the File > Display > Duplicates. It some cases that you do not want to the delete songs that belong to the best of original album, you might not want to erase them from the different albums, so you might use a third party album like Audio DeDupe.

Navigate the Library Easier

Remove the columns you do not need and navigate through your library faster, to remove the columns right-click on the Column Bar and uncheck those you do not need. To uncheck the unwanted columns there is an alternative way that implies navigating to View > View Options and then click OK.

Ban annoying messages

To save some time without having to frequently click through the messages that might pop up click on ” Do not show this message again”. This will be less annoying and will make iTunes run better.

If you are using a notebook or a netbook that has a small screen, you have the option to make the text larger, navigate to Edit > Preferences. Under the General tab change Source and List Text to Large. This will change the whole aspect if you are one small screen.

To Organize Playlists Use Folders

Put all your albums into a folder to easily access them in the future, so click File > New Playlist Folder and then give it a name and press enter, and easily find the right genre of music for simple access and listen easier.

I hope you were able to find useful tips on how to improve your iTunes experience, also there are other useful tricks on how to improve the syncing speed and backing up the service, improve video performance. We will address this in future articles.

Foobar2000 is an excellent alternative to iTunes, which is fast, capable of playing more music file formats without needing crappy hacks and works flawlessly with your iPod via Plug-ins.

Follow these tricks and dramatically improve the speed and the loading time of your iTunes application, though I can not blame you if you like your iTunes the way it is, but if you need to make load and run faster you can experiment and turn some of the features off.

We have tested this before and only by deactivating search for Apple Devices alone we gained few seconds from it’s loading time, additionally when disabled smart playlists and the iTunes loading time reduced to one second.

I hope you found these info useful, so let us know what tricks you need to keep your iTunes from running slow. Unfortunately it’s really bad that you have to disable a lot of features to make it work the way it should on Windows PC’s. Apple should address this problems in the future and make it work the way it does on Mac.

Finally you don’t have to get rid of Smart Playlist as there is an option that allows you to turn off live updating when creating them, and still optimize iTunes loading speed.

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