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iTunes. Is it really so bad?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by KevinJS, Sep 25, 2011.

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    Whenever I use iTunes, I'm lucky if I can get it to start first time without locking up, often forcing a reboot and a long wait for everything to get going again.

    I'm convinced that the problem lies with my computer, which runs 64-bit Vista, but I'm not prepared to shell out even more money for an upgrade to 7. I'd rather slog along with Vista, until it's time for a new desktop.

    Anyway, I've heard complaints about iTunes from various directions, so I'm wondering. What is the iTunes experience of other members on the various operating systems? Does it run better on the Mac? Does it run well on 7? What are your major complaints about the program in general? Is there anybody out there who loves it, and never has an issue with it?

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    itunes is pretty bloated on Windows. It runs ok on my machine, but it's a very high end machine. The good news is you may get to cut the cord when ios5 finally gets released.
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    I have 7 and it runs fine, so many programs don't run well with vista that my guess it's the problem. Try running in windows XP mode, that usually helps.
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    I have Vista and all works fine for me.
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    You can try to uninstall/reinstall itunes. Sometimes something gets corrupted on an install. Make sure you don't have a lot of unnecessary programs running in the background.
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    My conception of hell. Having to use iTunes and Vista.
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    Dump vista, runs fine on win 7

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    Never thought of that. I'll try it. Thanks.

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    Lol. I'm with you on that.

    iTunes is a necessary evil, IMO. It does some things fine, some horribly. I've read that even Steve Jobs has griped about how parts of it worked (or didn't work). If he has problems with it, pity newbies.

    The developers of Vista should be put on some kind of tribunal involving software crimes against humanity.
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    Ugh, you can say that again. My laptop is a nearly four year old laptop and iTunes is just a nightmare on it. Luckily I don't have to use iTunes very much with this iPad.

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    I'm so happy not to be the only one! Yes, the "my conception of hell" hits home for me too! I have a hand-me-down 8yo Thinkpad on XP and no Windows install CD, thus a fairly craptastic OS to begin with. Before enduring the UNVELIEVABLE NIGHTMARE OF UNINSTALLING AND REINSTALLING iTunes (oh, the horror!) it pretty much had gotten to a state where it wouldn't run at all.

    Even now it freezes for long stretches upon loading and I've learned not to bother trying to click in it if it's doing anything else until that operation is done. I heard that soon iTunes won't run on XP machines, but IMO that's a rather dumb move since many people are using their computers less and less and iDevices more. Though maybe with icloud and the store already on devices its main function on a Windows computer would be relegated to a memory-hogging substandard piece of bloatware. One can only hope.
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    I run itunes on vista and not happy with it, it takes time to start up and very frozen prone. Recently, i have not been able to down load the lastest ios for the ipad, it keeps cutting out around half way. Dont know if its a vista or itunes problem, but it is unpleasant either ways

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    I didn't bother with the latest upgrade for the iPad with iOs 5 so close, but I downloaded it for the iPhone with no problems.

    A pattern seems to be emerging, that Vista is likely a big part of the problem. I'm tempted to blow the $130 on the upgrade to 7 Ultimate. Seems a shame to throw good money after bad, though. At least when I eventually replace the PC with an iMac (hoping my wife won't notice!!!) I'll know that I'm a lot more future-proof.

    My only problem then will be transferring a massive amount of data to the Mac while hoping that nothing crashes during the process. I should be so lucky!
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    Is there any way you could buy or borrow an external hard drive? I'm not really a computer person (just love mobile) but that way you could get a backup, even in stages if you have to work around crashes, and then import from that to the iMac? Just a thought. I've gone to storing almost anything of importance in the cloud in one place or another because my pc is so freeze-prone, but I don't have all that much to store other than photos and writing.

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    I have an external... My laptop couldn't hold all of my stuff, so luckily when my computer craps out I won't lose anything.

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    It runs OK on Vista for me but I still loathe it.

    I just don't see why the iPad can't appear as just another file server in whatever OS is your poison (using SMB shares etc) like any other device. I assume that it has to do with iPod legacy and DRM or, most likely, making more from the iTunes store.

    Basically I use it as little as possible, for backups and iOS upgrades. A wireless version, as rumoured, would lessen the pain.

    It is probably the main reason that I will take a long hard look atvAndroid next time around.
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    I have an external drive case with a half-terabyte drive in it, with USB and FireWire plugs. I also have an extra internal 2 terabyte drive inside the PC. I'll use that when the time comes, then leave the 2 terabyte drive in the case and use it as external storage for the iMac. The half-terabyte can go into the PC which I will probably find some use for. Only question is file system compatibility. The drives are all formatted NTFS and I believe MacOS uses a different file system. I'll make sure I have all my ducks in a row before I start the process in any case. Time spent on preparation will likely pay dividends.
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    As a dedicated liberal I find capital punishment abhorrent. However, I'm willing to make some exceptions: animal and child abusers, Wall Street bankers, and Vista developers. Those responsible for iTunes, I'd be satisfied with 20 years in an Iranian prison.
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    Remove it ASAP. It slowed my pc to a crawl. It's not designed for windows pcs. It will work but it takes a very long time to set up your iPad for example. Even when not running iTunes will slow your pc to a near stall. Love my iPad2.
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    As a dedicated member of the "Get off my Lawn" Political Party (Cranky Independent) I support this statement

    I ran itunes on Vista for a while and didn't have that much grief with it. But I didn't use it that heavy since I am really not into music that much mainly used it to put Audiobooks and podcasts on my old iPhone 3G. I am currently running iTunes on my Windows 7 pc and it runs a little better but I still HATE itunes with a deep passion especially since this weekend itunes wiped my whole iPad when I tried to add a few videos of my kid. Had to restore and lost my jailbreak now stuck on 4.3.5

    To the OG poster. Win 7 is on amazon at about $99 I would seriously consider the upgrade if you spare (or bribe a college student to get buy a cheap student copy)

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