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iTunes and lag issues?

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Dawginole
03.15.2012 , 11:05 PM | #1
Sometimes I listen to audiobooks or podcasts via iTunes while I play and I always seem to get some graphics lag when I do. Running Fraps I've verified this. It's not the program being open, that issues no change. It's when audio is playing only. Pressing play will reduce FPS by 10-20 frames dropping me for 110 to 90-100 FPS.

Obviously this should be a non-issue as even 90 FPS should be so far above what the human eye can detect it's arguably a non-issue. However, it's also introduce lag. So I get stutter in the FPS/gameplay.

What is super odd about this, is that I dual monitor and often will watch a movie or TV show on my second monitor while I play and never see any reduction, stutter, or lag while I game. One would think that video would be far more taxing on my system than audio. So while this is entirely a guess, it seems that the problem is just being reproduced by a combination of the game and iTunes playback.

The easy solution here is to try a secondary program for listening to audio while gaming, which I'm happy to try. But I was curious if anyone else has experienced this problem with iTunes first to try to determine if it is a repeatable iTunes issue across multiple systems, or if it is just a conflict with the game and iTunes on my system.

Thanks for your help and feedback.

System specs:
Win7 64-bit
i7-920 OC 4.2Ghz liquid cooled
12GB G.Skill Sniper ram air cooled
ATI HD5850 air cooled
7200rpm Barracuda HDD
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Rigsta
03.15.2012 , 11:09 PM | #2
Simply put, use a different media player. iTunes is pretty horrible. Winamp or VLC maybe.

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grfu
03.15.2012 , 11:13 PM | #3
Yeah, best bet is to use a different media player.

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Dawginole
03.15.2012 , 11:41 PM | #4
Will give another a try. I have major issues with iTunes anyway. I'm still baffled by the fact that Apple is using an 11 year old music player to sync a smart phone and a tablet computer...
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Valethar
03.15.2012 , 11:57 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Dawginole View Post
Will give another a try. I have major issues with iTunes anyway. I'm still baffled by the fact that Apple is using an 11 year old music player to sync a smart phone and a tablet computer...
Winamp was released around 1997.

Windows Media Player 6.1 was released around 1995.

VLC was started in 1996.


1997 - 2012 = 15 years.

1996 - 2012 = 16 years.

1995 - 2012 = 17 years.

If the age of the application is an issue, you're going to be dissatisfied with many of them.
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Space_Gimp
03.16.2012 , 12:09 AM | #6
I use PowerDVD or is that a completely different program to this subject?
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Rogoo
03.16.2012 , 12:16 AM | #7
I'm an iTunes fan. It was literally the first BIG (apple bought it, I know) media player with ALL your tunes in a library. First time I saw it in 2001 - I never looked back.

That being said - iTunes indeed tends to be resource heavy, but NOT to an extent that any modern rig could not handle.

I mean right now my Opera browser takes 1 gig of RAM, I have a video SWTOR podcast running on my second monitor, and all is nice and dandy.

Of course I'm only doing solo PvE atm.

Basically, no - iTunes should not be diminishing your framerate, but if it IS, then by all means, turn it off and try VLC or Winamp.
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Dawginole
03.16.2012 , 09:40 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Valethar View Post
Winamp was released around 1997.

Windows Media Player 6.1 was released around 1995.

VLC was started in 1996.


1997 - 2012 = 15 years.

1996 - 2012 = 16 years.

1995 - 2012 = 17 years.

If the age of the application is an issue, you're going to be dissatisfied with many of them.
You clearly missed my point.
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ChrisCollins
03.16.2012 , 10:00 AM | #9 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
While I'm in no way shape or form the greatest font of knowledge when it comes to how SWTOR uses hardware, I have run into this exact issue in the past.

The crux of my issue (and it was to do with another MMO and iTunes) was that I didn't have a sound-card. What was happening was simply that the on board sound chipset was causing a bottleneck and slowing everything down at a processor level, as it has to use the processor - it simply couldn't handle iTunes and rendering another audio source at the same time.

I bought a cheap sound card (£20 ish) and it fixed it instantly.

Again, I'm not saying this will fix your issue in particular, but you didn't list a sound card while talking about audio issues, so I'm working under the assumption that you're using your on-board sound. People often don't think that audio requires processing horsepower too.

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Harleyz
03.16.2012 , 10:02 AM | #10
Omg.....