Forum Question: Music Is Skipping When I Play It On iTunes, Why?

I am on 10.6.8 with all software updated. I am playing music that I ripped from my CDs to Apple Lossless. I checked Activity Monitor and the CPU activity is low, nothing overly taxing. After hearing a skip, I dragged the playhead back, and on re-play there’s no skipping. I don’t recall this ever happening when I played music on iTunes before. A bug in the new version of iTunes?

Comments: 4 Responses to “Music Is Skipping When I Play It On iTunes, Why?”

    10/21/11 @ 6:51 am

    It probably depends more on your hard drive speed than your processor speed. Perhaps at that moment the drive is doing too much — backing up, spotlight indexing, other work you are doing, etc. Lossless format would be the one that relied on hard drive speed much more than, say, a high quality AAC file. That’s my guess anyway.

    Brian Huffman
    10/21/11 @ 7:32 am

    I’ve encountered skipping or pausing and low quality previously but when doing something disk intensive like burning a CD or ripping a movie, but not what you are seeing with low CPU. Is your computer starting to go to some sleep state at that point. So, different songs but at the same point in a song, say 2 min in?

    10/21/11 @ 3:09 pm

    Hmmm, I was downloading (updating apps) on iTunes, but then again I am pretty sure at one point I was only surfing the internet on Safari while listening to Apple Lossless format music. So downloading while listening would cause the skipping, but just surfing shouldn’t cause the skipping, correct? And if I had a SSD downloading and listening to iTunes wouldn’t cause any skipping since a SSD is much faster than a DD, correct?

      10/21/11 @ 3:12 pm

      It is all about disk access. So whether you were surfing is irrelevant. But surfing that caused a lot of disk access (a lot going on on the web page or something) might do it, I guess. An SSD might help, but it is hard to say.

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