Whether you’re for Mac or PC, many of us love storing our music collections in iTunes, and there has hardly been a doubt about that since its birth over 12 years ago. As with any computer application, however, it can tend to slow down a bit when there’s a lot going on. Rather than tearing out your hair over the frustration of how slowly it can load and operate (like this gentleman above), read up on our simple steps to give your iTunes’ speed a major boost.
1. Delete smart playlists. Many people love the use of this feature to automatically build playlists based on genre or most-listened-to tracks, but if you’re someone who could live without, deleting these smart playlists can make your iTunes operate a whole lot faster.
2. Turn off automatic syncing. When you connect a device to your computer, iTunes will automatically begin syncing, which is a big power-drain and can sometimes result in the program freezing up. By manually turning your sync on and off as you need it, it won’t slow down and freeze.
3. Disable genius and other unused features. There are many very useful features within iTunes that can be fun to tweak and mess around with, but disabling things like Genius, Equalizer, Crossfade Songs, and Sound Enhancer when you aren’t using them will give your iTunes the jumpstart it needs.
4. Reduce column clutter. It’s nice to be able to see categories like ‘Genre’ and ‘Album Rating,’ but do you really need to see ‘Beats per Minute’ or ‘Composer’? Chances are, you aren’t using these columns. Right-clicking on the column and de-selecting it to get it out of sight can be a nice boost for the functionality and speed of your iTunes.
5. Get rid of duplicate tracks. Having more than one song isn’t just an annoying waste of space, it’s taking up more unnecessary power from your music collection. Zapping away pesky duplicates with programs like TuneUp can help your iTunes look cleaner and operate more efficiently.