I recently downloaded iTunes 7.0.2 for Windows XP because I got a new iPod and in order to use it you have to have 7.0.2. That was a few days ago. Yesterday iTunes started freezing up within ten seconds of starting, and although whatever was playing on it would continue playing, I couldn’t access the program in any way unless I stopped it from the Task Manager. Today I’m happy to report that I found out what causes the problem and a solution that works, even if it’s not ideal.
The problem appears to have nothing to do with my new iPod, first of all, and may have nothing to do with iTunes 7.0.2 either. The problem appears to be that I have subscribed to too many podcasts.
I have my settings in iTunes such that when I turn on iTunes it starts checking for new podcasts after a few seconds. It is during this process that iTunes freezes up. I have left it alone for up to 15 minutes but it never comes back. However, I changed the settings so that I have to check manually for new podcasts and guess what–problem solved. iTunes doesn’t freeze up anymore. Of course the annoyance inherent in the solution is that I have to now manually check each podcast rather than having them all automatically check and download any updates.
Hopefully Apple will fix this issue with 7.0.3, but in the meantime having to check each podcast manually is better than not having access to iTunes at all.
If anyone has found a better solution let me know.