iTunes 7.7: No stuttering… so far!

The problem that Apple never saw fit to comment on – the terrible playback stutter has now disappeared. Whether it’s due to my total removal of iTunes 7.6 (in anger!) and thus a clean install of 7.7, or if Apple has in fact fixed something, I don’t know. Maybe it’s simply because I removed DRM from all my AAC files to play them through Winamp? :-)

Nevertheless, it means that I’m back to iTunes for now. I used Winamp for a while, but sadly Winamp has become pretty bloated and its interface is… well it’s not iTunes’. Besides, Winamps built in iPod-support didn’t do it for me.

3 Responses to “iTunes 7.7: No stuttering… so far!”

  1. 1 Mikkel
  2. 2 d

    I had tried every suggestion I could find on google to fix the stuttering apart from re-installing Windows XP until I found a solution that works for me. Maybe it will work for you.

    I’ve got Windows XP Service Pack 3, 2 gigs of ram and it was stuttering badly.

    To fix this all I had to do was go to Task Manager by pressing ctrl-alt-del, right click on iTunes.exe under the Processes tab and set priority to Above Normal.

    You will have to do this every time you use it unless you create a .bat file to make it happen automatically.

    This is how I created the bat file (below). You will need to change the bit after “abovenormal” to wherever you have saved iTunes. Mine is saved on my P drive in the itunes folder, but yours will be saved somewhere else.

    I opened Notepad and typed the following:

    start /abovenormal p:/itunes/itunes.exe

    Then Save As itunesloader.bat

    Now all you have to do is double-click on that bat file to open iTunes in above normal priority mode every time.

    Hope this helps some frustrated people out there.


  3. 3 Klaus Silberbauer


    great workaround! I would try your suggestions, but in the meantime I’ve solved the problem for good: I switched to Mac. It’s a bliss! After 17 years as a pc power user, I’m now a happy macbook pro-n00bie, and I really like it.

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