iTunes is an app that Apple never intended to make for Windows. It works faster in Mac OS X, or shall we say in other words that iTunes for Windows is a complete bloatware that takes too much RAM and runs slowly than expected.
It seems as if Apple isn’t serious about Windows and want to demonstrate people that iTunes work faster on Mac OS X because it is a better Operating System. Take my word, “Don’t fall for this trap”. Below we have covered five simple ways that will make your iTunes faster in Windows, all that it requires is a little bit of patience. Note that these tips can also work if you want to optimize iTunes in Mac OS X.
While browsing your playlists, you will notice that unnecessary columns are displayed by default. Who wants to scroll all the way to right and then back to left to view all columns? It is better to reduce this clutter by hiding those columns that are not needed. This can be done by right-clicking the column bar on top and then unchecking not-needed columns.
Keep Preferences Window Open When Songs Are Converting
This seems rather strange at first, but it actually works. When you are converting large collection of songs to ACC format, you will notice that after a few conversions the whole process slows down. This is because after each change the iTunes User Interface gets updated(which takes forever when converting large collections).
So how to speed up the conversion and disable iTunes User Interface from getting updated? Simply go to Edit and select Preferences, now let it remain open until all conversions are complete. Nice, huh?
Disable Options That Are Not Needed
This requires common sense, but did you know that “Common sense is not very common these days”. So which options to disable exactly to improve performance? There are two that I would recommend – Disabling Crossfade Songs & Sound Enhancer under Playback tab and Look for remote speakers connected to AirTunes & Look for iPhone and iPod Touch remotes options under Devices tab. You can also disable Look for Apple TV option under Apple TV tab. These are the options that 90% of the users don’t need, but are enabled by default in iTunes.
Remove Smart Playlists
No, it is not a joke. Most users love Smart Playlist feature, if you are one of them then you can skip this part otherwise removing it can result in 3 times faster startup speed. If you would give up anything for speed, then you must remove all Smart Playlists and restart iTunes to feel the improved performance.
Note: Smart Playlists are represented by purple icon(as shown in the screenshot below) and are different from normal playlists.
If you don’t want to remove Smart Playlists then Editing them and disabling Live Updating option will make sense.
Disable Automatic Syncing
When a device is connected, iTunes automatically starts syncing which is quite annoying. It can also result in your iTunes getting freeze up for a full 30 seconds or more. Users don’t always connect the devices such as iPhone and iPods for the purpose of transferring songs. What if you only want to charge your iPhone or use tools such as, iPhone Explorer to transfer files? In such cases automatic launching of iTunes and syncing doesn’t make sense.
To disable automatic syncing, simply select your connected device from the left sidebar and uncheck Automatic Sync option. Since my device is an iPhone the option displayed is Automatic Sync when this iPhone is connected.
iTunes tested: version 188.8.131.52
Do you know of any other way to speed up iTunes? Feel free to share in the comments.