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steviec 06-21-2010 02:25 AM

iTunes spinny beachball/BBOD

whenever i'm using iTunes, and after a few songs have been playing, and i change track, i occasionally get a BBOD for a few seconds - then the media continues playing. it never crashes, just seems to hang for a few seconds.

ive tried it with many songs, in AIFF, WAV, MP3 & AAC/M4a format - and with the same song, it doesn't seem to happen with one format or one song. sometimes it'll happen with a song, then when i re-start that song, or go to another, keep it playing for a few songs, then go back to that song - i don't get any problems.

my system is: OSX 10.6.4, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500 GB HDD @ 7200rpm (60% free), new MBP with black keys.

it seems to be some sort of disk access thing, but i can't figure out how. Activity Monitor doesn't flag anything up as hogging RAM or CPU, this has happened ever since i got my MBP with Snow Leopard, it has happened with every update of iTunes & OSX i have had, i don't have any other apps running or disks plugged in, i don't have the problem with any other apps and the disk has been verified as OK by ONYX.

like i say, its not every time i skip a song, but just occasionally.

little help?

TattooedMac 06-21-2010 03:30 AM

Have you done a clean up on it as yet ??
If not Repair Permissions via Disk Utility, or to go a little deeper than root level dl either
MainMenu or
Run the Maintenance on either and report back ......


steviec 06-21-2010 03:48 AM

yeah, i have (and often do) run ONYX and have run disk permissions checks, but will have a look of the other one.

problem still occurs even after reboot

deus_ex_machina 06-21-2010 09:16 AM

How big is the library? I've seen fragmented libraries before for various reasons and the pinwheel would explain seeking problems. Try out the "Consolidate Libary" option and report back.

Other have had to delete their library.xml due to corruption through the upgrade process. Keep us posted.

steviec 06-21-2010 02:00 PM

my library stands at 2617 songs / 7.5 days / 15.7 GB

i didn't need to consolidate as iTunes organises my media for me, plus i have no duplicate files as itunes sorts that.

i also don't have any 3rd party plugins installed.

However, i use a custom graphic EQ setting & crossfade (although i have tried switching these both off to no avail).

deus_ex_machina 06-23-2010 02:46 PM

Seems the culprit may be iTunes itself if hardware and OSX is fine.

Removing iTunes for Mac OS X
The link above uninstalls iTunes.
How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists
there's for a new library.

if THAT doesn't do it, reinstall OSX if you haven't before.

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