I've been using iTunes for well over 5 years now and have always really liked how it works....up until the last few months. I have no idea what is causing it, but iTunes now becomes unresponsive, then freezes and crashes (if I don't just Force Quit it myself) multiple times a day, every single ****ing day.
Outside of the problems with iTunes, my computer is running perfectly normal. Once I get iTunes going though, the whole computer starts lagging eventually; it even crashes my whole computer a few times per week. Sometimes simply playing music will lead to these problems; once I start importing or converting music though....problems are just bound to begin and will only get worse until iTunes shuts down and I must start up the whole process again.
I've started paying attention to my Activity Monitor to be sure that it's iTunes that is at fault here, and that is definitely the case. It will eat up 70-80% of the CPU like clockwork and it also hogs all my system memory when it is running screwy.
I have the latest version of iTunes and am running on the 10.6.8 OS. Also, my library is humongous (38,000+ songs taking up 207+ GB). I still have a ton of room on my very large internal hard drive though.
Any suggestions? Any help would be appreciated. As of now possible options I'm considering are: reinstalling iTunes, updating my OS to the newest version, adding RAM, or completely abandoning iTunes (would preferably avoid this route if possible).