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Hi all, I did a search and couldn't really seem to find what I'm looking for.

I came from using a Dell XPS 15 Laptop, which was pretty decent for school and some games. But it had GREAT audio quality. Anyway I used iTunes on it for a long time and it was always slow. Now after building a brand new "supercomputer" (i like calling it that), iTunes is still slow! What's the deal? is it a Microsoft vs. Apple thing? Because iTunes runs faster on my friends MacBook Pro with lower end components.

Thanks.
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Well, in my experience iTunes 11 is faster on Windows than previous versions but I see slowdowns sometimes, so yes it's probably Apple not giving a damn about the Windows version of iTunes. Where's it slowing down at? Startup? Navigating songs? Using Coverflow? I have a very large music library (over 56,000 songs in Apple Lossless) and there's a little slowdown from that and there's a slowdown when adding new music to iTunes.

I like to use iTunes as my main media player (because it has the best custom sorting capabilities of any other media player), even though I can get better (and accurate) sound quality out of other media players like foobar2000 and JRiver Media Center.
Edited by Lord Venom - 8/9/13 at 1:45pm
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Startup is mostly where its slow. I have close to 2,000 songs, but I don't think its that because right now I tried just 40 and it does the same thing. Once in awhile I'll click on a song and it won't load the song up for a few seconds.
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that tells me its probably the hard drive the is slowing it down. but i see you have a ssd so idk. itunes works fine with me with nearly 3000 songs and almost 100 tv shows and all of it is stored on a 1tb hdd not with the itunes install.
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Maybe the SSD is too fast for iTunes biggrin.gif

Edited by 5tormyweather - 8/9/13 at 3:01pm
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The startup thing is annoying, especially on a cold start after rebooting.

If the songs are on a different hard drive (like a 1TB+ drive), and Windows turns them off after X amount of time (like 20 or so minutes) it'll have to spin up again before it plays. I have 4TB hard drives for my music library, so I know full well about this 'issue'. What I did to curve this issue as much as possible is I set Windows on the high performance power plan, then adjusted the setting to turn off the hard drive to 60 minutes. The only 'issue' with doing that is, the hard drive's lifespan *may* be reduced for doing that. I've never tried loading songs from a SSD, so maybe I should see at some point what that does and if it makes any difference.

Sadly, I think the bottom line is this... Apple doesn't care enough about iTunes on Windows so they haven't really optimized the code for Windows machines as they have for Macs. There's still no native 64-bit version of iTunes and there's still needed improvements in performance (I have my doubts iTunes on Windows is even multi-threaded, nor does it take advantage of multiple cores), especially with larger libraries on Windows. I've thought about switching from iTunes to another media player like foobar2000 and/or JRiver Media Center but neither of those players have the custom sorting options iTunes has so I'm stuck with using iTunes.
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