iTunes is a great piece of software in my opinion but it does have some disadvantages and some problems on occasion. One of the worst problems I’ve had with iTunes is after an upgrade it started skipping songs… what I mean is a song plays fine for a while and then gets all messed up and sounds like a scratched CD that’s skipping. I would play the song in Windows Media Player and it sounded fine. I play the song in iTunes again and it sounds fine.
If you are running into the same problem with iTunes sucking balls then here are a few solutions that might work for you.
iTunes Skipping on Windows XP Solution 1:
- Exit iTunes
- Upgrade your sound card drivers (just to eliminate that as an issue)
- Upgrade to latest Microsoft direct X version:
- Click the Start Button, then click the Run button
- Type: dxdiag and then hit enter
- Click “sound 1″ or similarly named tab
- Slide the bar to “basic acceleration”
- Restart iTunes
iTunes Skipping on Windows XP Solution 2:
- Close iTunes and Quicktime
- Click the start button
- Go to the control panel
- Click on Quick Time
- Select the Audio tab
- Click on “˜Safe mode (waveOut only)’
- Click okay. Relaunch iTunes.
If this doesn’t work you can either hit up the Apple Support Forums, or you can wait for the next official iTunes update from Apple and while you’re waiting you could try an alternative player such as Windows Media Player or Winamp. I know it’s frustrating and sucks.
Good news for iPod owners – Since version 5.2 Winamp has had iPod support built in and it supports almost all other portable media players too.