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iTunes questions 
23rd-Apr-2004 09:10 pm
I talked with percible about this briefly tonight, but I'd like to get a few more opinions on the matter...

Since I'll be going to an iPod as my mp3er quite shortly. (*crosses fingers*), I've been using iTunes more and more and WinAmp less and less.

However, in the last few weeks, iTunes has been having trouble.
Music played in iTunes pops and crackles after about 30 to 45 seconds of play time.
It doesn't start out popping or crackling.
None of the tracks when cross checked with WinAmp pop or crackle intrinsically.
iTunes hasn't always done this to me.

I updated to the newest version of iTunes thinking that would help.
No dice.

I've muddled about with the equalizer.
No dice.

I tried Googling for a solution. No solutions readily presented themselves, though one person's theory is that this is the deliberate errors put on CD in an effort to prevent piracy.

However, my music is quite eclectic in source. Some of it is .wavs recorded on my old mp3er (no deliberate errors I could imagine there...), .wavs/.mp3s from others, downloaded music, music ripped through WinAmp, MusicMatch, and iTunes. They couldn't all be problematic in the same way, could they?

Anycase, if you've made it this far, let me know if you have any ideas...
23rd-Apr-2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
Most ppl I know with iPod's still use winamp (on PC anyhow).

They just update with the apple software thats all (btw - get the dock.. its the best thing for it).

many PC users have had problems with iTunes, its just not as good as the Mac version.
24th-Apr-2004 03:18 am (UTC)
i would say your crackling is most likely a resource problem. you are probably running out of RAM or perhaps the CPU is just having problems keeping up. i'm not saying your computer is too slow, i'm saying that iTunes isn't optimized for PC's all that well because apple programmers are used to creating software for a very controlled set of hardware variables unlike those found on a PC.
24th-Apr-2004 06:41 am (UTC)
Good point. I hadn't thought of that.

I still wonder why it's deciding to happen now, after I used iTunes for months without it...
24th-Apr-2004 08:56 am (UTC)
Playing MP3s is hardly highly demanding of CPU power ;) Still, maybe something else is chewing lots of processor time, leaving little for the audio?
24th-Apr-2004 10:38 am (UTC)
that would explain why it happened later on--perhaps after something else got installed.
24th-Apr-2004 11:39 am (UTC)
I'll look into it.

24th-Apr-2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Have you added anything else to your computer recently? It's amazing how adding one small unrelated thing can mess up a lot of other things!
24th-Apr-2004 11:39 am (UTC)
um, I tried to think of anything...

I think iTunes was my last addition.

Nothing that I can think of has been added around the time it started acting wonky.

But thanks for trying...
24th-Apr-2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
I quickly gave up on iTunes as it kept barfing when looking at my mp3's. A couple of people suggested that it didn't like the files being on a network drive, some suggested that it didn't like the strange bit rates some of my mp3's were encoded at.

I still use Winamp for listening to mp3's on the PC, and use Ephpod (http://www.ephpod.com) for copying stuff to the iPod.
24th-Apr-2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks...that helps quite a bit.
22nd-Jun-2004 11:43 am (UTC) - iTunes crackling
I have exactly the same problem with iTunes - it crackles and pops, but it didn't do it to begin with. New version no better. If I reboot (and there's an R in the month) it will stop. I work a lot with sound, so it's really anoying not to be able to fix this. It's the kind of sound you get when you've got a sample rate set wrong in an audio program, and I suspect that maybe it somehow 'inherits' a setting from another program and can't forget it and get on with doing it's own thing properly, hence (maybe) the solution of re-booting. I also find that iTunes seems to damp my audio files by about 3 - 6dB, but there's not a setting in there I haven't tried to solve that.
25th-Sep-2004 04:57 am (UTC) - i know the trick!
hey i had the same exact problem. if your on a pc, go into the contorl panel, go to sound or something like that, and change your output channel. its really easy. i found the link somewhere on yahoo or google and now i can't find it. keep looking there is a solution.
25th-Sep-2004 07:31 am (UTC) - Re: i know the trick!
Well, if you come back to check this...

I've now got an iBook, so the problem is moot. :)

Thanks though.
18th-Nov-2005 08:44 am (UTC) - iTunes Playback Does Crackle ... and Pop!

You are not alone with this problem and it is not the ripping of the CDs or the copy protection on them. It is definitely something about the way that iTunes plays back tracks.

On my XP box, 2 other programs can play back the music without any trouble (winamp and WMP). However, iTunes ALWAYS adds pops and crackles.

It is not a resource issue as far as I can tell (heaps of CPU free, hepas of RAM etc etc) and happens with almost all MP3 tracks (not sure about other file types).

Read about it here: (no solution yet)
18th-Nov-2005 04:30 pm (UTC) - Re: iTunes Playback Does Crackle ... and Pop!
Well, thanks for the info...I have a different computer now, this is a pretty old post...
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