PC Users: Dealing with a Slow iTunes

It seems as if a bunch of inexperienced newbie programmers designed the iTunes us PC users have to currently use. We never get any mercy from the buggy software packed to the brim with its error messages and slow-running interface, whereas the Mac OSX user over there is faced with a shiny, flawless version of the program that does close on demand. I guess that’s just Apple’s way of letting us know that we need to upgrade to Macs to get our music on to our iPhones on the first try. Below are a few solution along with a bit more ranting!

The only reason that I have yet to purchase a Mac, is because of insufficient funds on my part. So while I’m stuck with the version of iTunes that I currently use, I might as well vent about each and every one of its thousand flaws.

I’ve complained before and am still not satisfied with how iTunes currently runs for PC users, so I’ve dug up a few solutions that should help. Whether it’s my computers processor or iTunes itself that’s causing the problem, other PC users seem to encounter the same issues so here are a few things you can try to ease the headache caused by the slow scrolling, not-closing-when-the-exit-button-is-pressed and the long waiting time of loading the different sections of your library:

Get rid of unnecessary-ness
iTunes comes standard with all of the columns checked to be visible for each and every song. Especially if your iTunes library is a few GB, you may want reduce the amount of columns that are displayed. I mean, really, you only need the standards: song title, artist, album, etc. To do this, right-click on the any of the column titles at the top, and un-check anything that you do not want to actively see.

Every week or month, whenever you want to do it, go through your library and delete any added clutter that doesn’t need to be there, such as applications that you don’t use anymore. This can reduce the amount of things iTunes needs to process each time it boots up, and will also conveniently free up a considerable amount of space on your hard drive as well. It’s pretty straightforward to delete media off of iTunes but remember to also empty your recycling bin once you’re done.

Manage your playlists
iTunes also comes booted up with a bunch of “smart playlists” in the beginning that can be deleted. These require more memory on iTunes’ part as they have more code, so delete the ones that you don’t need. I usually only use one or two and I’ve got a few GB of songs, so don’t make the same mistake I did of keeping the playlists there for a few months.

Stop other processes
Many times a slow iTunes is caused by other processes running in the background that are also consuming memory. You can open up task manager to few all of these, filter by memory usage and then stop processes accordingly. I’m not saying to end every single process, because you really don’t want to, but stop anything that you know you can. Such as a virus scan or something that’s finished or is not needed.

Start all over
This should probably be your very last option. If your iTunes is completely bugging out, or has too many items to function correctly, you may want to start all over. To make things easier, you can completely uninstall iTunes (help here) and then install again to start fresh. Then you can do all of the above without any adding any media, which could be easier than with a library full of content.

Buy a Mac
If none of these work, then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe just resort to purchasing a Mac or look into Hackintosh, if the latter is more affordable. But I can say that they seemed to help me, anyways. The problem isn’t gone, but it is significantly reduced.

I may just be exaggerating a tad bit, but please, if you own a PC and encounter the same issues as I have, please voice your opinion down below; I guess it’s ultimately our fault for not being full, avid Apple fanboys and owning Macs to accompany our iDevices. I’m on the road to purchase one, but until then, I have to deal with this dead dump of code called Windows.