How to Fix iTunes Speed, Say Goodbye to Freezing!


iTunes brought a huge revolutions for music lovers. Whether it is the iPod, desktop computer or the laptop, it has proved to be a very handy and effective solution for people who just can’t do anything without music. Today we’ll look at one issue that often disrupts this pleasing experience, i.e. the iTunes freeze problem and how to overcome it.

Disable Album Artwork Downloads

iTunes downloads album artwork for every single music file it plays. This isn’t necessary and can safely be terminated. Here is how:


  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Press Alt to bring up the Menu Bar.
  3. Click Edit | Preferences | Store.
  4. Deselect the checkbox before the Automatically download album artwork option.
  5. Click OK.


Optimize Computer Services

Cleaning iTunes junk, fixing corrupted Registry entries and optimizing computer services can significantly improve iTunes performance. Use the Intel Software Partner, RegInOut to speed up iTunes. It has 7+ speed boost features including the services optimizer for fast streaming and gaming.


Remove Smart Playlists

Smart Playlists is that kind of a feature that is a must have for those who use it regularly, but for others well this is kind of an unnecessary irritant as it often ties up system resources and causes iTunes to slow down as a result. You can safely choose to turn it off.


  1. On the iTunes user interface, expand the Playlists category on the left pane.
  2. Delete all Smart Playlists by right-clicking them and selecting Delete from the context menu.
  3. Select Delete from the confirmation dialog box.


Turn Off Genius

The Genius feature, is surely genius for people who are using a high-end computer system. However, it doesn’t proves so handy for a system running low on resources as it regularly eats up system resources courtesy the “Genius” operations it is performing in the background. Turn it off!


  1. Click Store | Turn Off Genius.
  2. Select Turn Off Genius in the confirmation prompt.


Remove Duplicate Media

As your music database grows over time, there are maximum chances of a few / many duplicate files creeping up inside your system. This will happen unless you are someone who has made it a habit to religiously organize the media files on the computer and store them in different folders after sorting them out, which is quite a rare possibility. Hence to take care of duplicate media files, you can use Clone Files Checker. It will effectively sweep away all kinds of duplicates and even root out those duplicate files that may well be real duplicates in essence, but they might be having entirely different names! Alternatively, you use iTunes’ built-in feature too.


  1. Click View | Show duplicate items.
  2. Delete all duplicate media files from your hard drive.


End Unused Services

There are various Apple services that come as a part of the iTunes installation package, and most of these keep on sitting in the hard drive for no good as most people don’t use them eve once! In such a scenario, it is logical to get rid of them at the earliest and free up valuable system resources.


  1. Click Edit | Preferences.
  2. Click the Devices tab.
  3. Now deselect the checkboxes before the following options:
    Look for remote speakers connected with AirTunes.
    Look for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad Remotes.
  4. Click Apple TV.
  5. Uncheck the Look for Apple TVs checkbox.
  6. Click the Sharing tab.
  7. Finally, uncheck the Look for shared libraries checkbox.
  8. Click OK.