iOS 4.0 [HOW TO] Speed Up iTunes & iTunes Sync On All iDevices

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  1. xX-SicKsKiLZz-Xx

    xX-SicKsKiLZz-Xx Active Member

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    Disable Options That Are Not Needed

    There are two that I would recommend – Disabling Crossfade Songs & Sound Enhancer under Playback tab and Look for remote speakers connected to AirTunes & Look for iPhone and iPod Touch remotes options under Devices tab. You can also disable Look for Apple TV option under Apple TV tab. These are the options that 90% of the users don’t need, but are enabled by default in iTunes.

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    Reduce Clutter

    While browsing your playlists, you will notice that unnecessary columns are displayed by default. Who wants to scroll all the way to right and then back to left to view all columns? It is better to reduce this clutter by hiding those columns that are not needed. This can be done by right-clicking the column bar on top and then unchecking not-needed columns.

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    Remove Smart Playlists

    No, it is not a joke. Most users love Smart Playlist feature, if you are one of them then you can skip this part otherwise removing it can result in 3 times faster startup speed. If you would give up anything for speed, then you must remove all Smart Playlists and restart iTunes to feel the improved performance.

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    If you don’t want to remove Smart Playlists then try Editing and disabling the Live Update feature.

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    Disable Automatic Syncing

    When a device is connected, iTunes automatically starts syncing which is quite annoying. It can also result in your iTunes freezing up for a full 30 seconds or more. Users don’t always connect the devices such as iPhone and iPods for the purpose of transferring songs. What if you only want to charge your iPhone or use tools such as, iPhone Explorer to transfer files? In such cases automatic launching of iTunes and syncing doesn’t make sense.

    To disable automatic syncing, simply select your connected device from the left sidebar and uncheck Automatic Sync option. Since my device is an iPhone the option displayed is Automatic Sync when this iPhone is connected.

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  2. xX-SicKsKiLZz-Xx

    xX-SicKsKiLZz-Xx Active Member

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    Try A Backup Toggle

    Yup, it sucks waiting for iTunes to backup your iDevice, and especially sucks if you connect/disconnect your iDevice quite alot.

    but i have finally found a program which allows you to toggle the backup feature in iTunes, check it out!

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    Disable Apple's Diagnostics

    1) When your iDevice is connected to your computer, open iTunes and select your iDevice in the sidebar. Uncheck the “Automatically sync when this 'iDevice' is connected” option.

    2) Unplug your iDevice, and then plug it back in.

    3) Select your iDevice in the sidebar again, and right click it. Then select “Reset Warnings.”

    4) Sync your iDevice.

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    5) You will receive a pop-up message. Uncheck the box in the message, and then click “Don’t Send.”

    Restart iTunes and notice the faster sync time

    *Note that you can now have your iDevice launch iTunes and be automatically synced again.



    Disable .XML Indexing

    Here is a very simple and extremely effective way of speeding up iTunes for Windows users. The process might be slightly different for XP, Vista, and Win7 users, but here is the general

    1. Go to the Control Panel.

    2. Open "Indexing Options" (you might have to switch to Classic view to see this option)

    3. Click the Advanced button.

    4. Go the File Types tab

    5. Scroll down to the ".XML" file extension, uncheck this option, then click ok.

    6. Click "Yes" when it asks "Are you sure you want to rebuild the index?"

    That's it! Initially your computer might be a little slower while the index is rebuilding, but after a restart, iTunes should be much more responsive.


    Make the Text Larger for Easier Reading

    If you’re on a netbook or notebook with a smaller screen, you can make the text larger so you can see everything easier. Go to Edit \ Preferences…

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    Then under the General tab change Source and List Text to Large.

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    It makes a big improvement if you’re on a small screen or just have a hard time seeing it with the smaller default font size.

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    Use Folders to Organize Playlists

    Sometimes it can be easier to put a bunch of albums in a folder to get to them. Click on File \ New Playlist Folder. Give it a name and hit enter.

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    Stop Annoying Messages

    Another easy tip is when you’re setting up iTunes or running different features for the first time, it might pop up messages the you don’t need to see again. When they appear, check Do not show this message again. This will save some time by not having to click through the messages every time.

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    Make Navigating the Library Easier

    To help you navigate through your library more quickly, get rid of columns you don’t care about. Right-click the Column Bar and uncheck the ones you don’t need.

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  3. deleted account 92

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    Nice tutorial, I didn't know about the backoff program.
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    iBricked Well-Known Member

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    I will definitely need tis. Thanks
  5. Pandawg

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    I'm going to definitely try this, thanks.
  6. fraziankidd

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    Thanks a lot for this tutorial!! Really helped! Appreciate it

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    def trying this. tired of sluggish itunes on windows 7
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    nice work, great tut
  9. Manny05

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    great tutorial
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    iRa1n Banned

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    Thanks, was waiting for someone to figure out how to turn off the back ups.

    Can someone tell me though, why the option for disabling automatic syncing doesn't show up for me? Its just not there, and it always automatically syncs :\

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