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iTunes Speed Boost

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Multimedia

Did you know that by default, iTunes has some features enabled that can actually slow its performance? Big surprise, eh? Well, thankfully some of those speed-sapping features are easily turned off.  Here’s a quick run-through:

In iTunes, click Edit>Preferences. A window will pop up with a bunch of tabs at the top. Pay close attention to these tabs, because we’ll be switching between them to disable features.

First, click the Sharing tab and uncheck Look for shared libraries. This feature is only useful if you have a local network. if you’re a single-user, it can be turned off.

The next tab you’ll want to click is Apple TV. If you don’t have Apple TV in your house, then uncheck the box that says Look for Apple TVs.

The final tab is Devices. Here, you’ll want to uncheck Look for remote speakers connected with AirTunes, as well as Look for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad remotes – that is, unless your Apple devices are set up for use as Remotes.

Just a few quick options to free up some speed for iTunes!


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4 Responses to “iTunes Speed Boost”

  1. Niki Fields says:

    Great tip thanks! I use iTunes all the time! Now if it would just stop freezing it would be great!

  2. LCromwell says:

    I don’t have an Apple TV tab. I have the latest Apple update Vers: 10.1.2.
    Otherwise thanks for those tweaks that do help.

  3. Jex says:

    Excellent tip. I also don’t have Apple TV tab. Ditto to LCromwell in all respects. Much thanks.

  4. Gonzodgreat says:

    I’ve been having problems with this, since I have a router (airport) with a built in hard drive (1T) and have about 60 Gig of music (since 2001 collection) and it would just hang. This wouldn’t allow me to even use the iTune package. I was thinking it was the application and not the settings. Thanks!

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