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iTunes 8 Vista bug fixed

iTunes 8 Vista bug fixed

iTunes 8 is considered by most to be an improvement on its predecessors - now that the Vista bug is fixed, anyway.

Apple may have taken the opportunity of an iPod range refresh to encourage people to update to iTunes 8, but it's not been all plain sailing – as users running Windows Vista have discovered.

The latest build of the iTunes music library introduces the Genius Playlist, which aims to recommend songs from your collection based on their similarity to the current song. While this features isn't without its niggles, it's not the intelligence of the recommendation system that is causing heartache for iTunes fans – it's a rather basic instability when running Vista.

As reported by BetaNews, the web is a-twitter with reports that Apple's latest and greatest has an irritating tendency to crash hard when run under Windows Vista – as in, blue screen of death. The crash is exhibited when any iPod device is connected to a Windows Vista machine running the initial build of iTunes 8. It would appear that the latest iPod driver – GEARApsiWDM.sys, to be precise - bundled with the application isn't exactly Vista friendly.

Since the initial release, Apple has admitted the issue and released an updated copy of iTunes 8. If you're an early adopter who downloaded the original, buggy release Apple is recommending that you fully uninstall the original version before installing the update. Once you've done that, you should be able to plug your iPod in without fear that your system is about to have some unscheduled downtime.

Have any of our readers come across this particular bug, or do all the iPod owners steer clear of Vista on general principles? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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wuyanxu 15th September 2008, 11:00 Quote
although i haven't had this bug with my iphone on Vista. i found every time i click on the iphone device on the left sidebar, a core of my CPU went to 100% for about a second. when im Folding for bit-tech, iTunes 8 freezes for about 2 seconds after i click on the iphone under devices.

we all know Apple supports Mac better than Windows, but this kind of crash or slowness should not be tolerated.

btw, why steer clear of Vista........ what principle?
rhuitron 15th September 2008, 11:08 Quote
Well, Apple may fix some problems in the software. but you still have a Major problem. You have an APPLE I-POD.
"Steer clear" from the glorified products and their shitty performance, and compatibility issues.
Get a Mp3 player that actually can connect to anybodies computer with a small set of drivers. And wont crash things for you.
Dreaming 15th September 2008, 11:29 Quote
Some music players still just show up as a portable hard drive which means it can't really break. But I think the iTunes software is good...

Thing is, I always feel a bit suspicious when reading threads about apple and vista incompatibility. I mean, even if they do fix it straight away, they can happily blame it on Vista, and near everyone already thinks Vista is the buggiest OS out there. Not going to hurt mac sales is it, publishing dodgy vista drivers? Maybe I should just remove my tin foil hat....
Goty 15th September 2008, 13:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreaming
Some music players still just show up as a portable hard drive which means it can't really break. But I think the iTunes software is good...

Thing is, I always feel a bit suspicious when reading threads about apple and vista incompatibility. I mean, even if they do fix it straight away, they can happily blame it on Vista, and near everyone already thinks Vista is the buggiest OS out there. Not going to hurt mac sales is it, publishing dodgy vista drivers? Maybe I should just remove my tin foil hat....

No need to remove it just yet. I read somewhere when the bug was first reported that someone at Apple claimed that a bug in a program could only cause that program to crash, not the whole system, so the problem was "obviously" with Vista and not with iTunes.
mrb_no1 15th September 2008, 13:54 Quote
i have an iphone, and still hate itunes after a long relationship with it having had an ipod for several years, but now itunes crashes everytime i try to close it having used it for an iphone update or chaning music etc. Atleast version 8 crashes more efficiently for me, its all over with in about 6 seconds now, rather than the 15 secs it took in version 7. Dont think you are alone vista users, itunes sucks, period!

peace

fatman
ashchap 15th September 2008, 21:15 Quote
My vista install has been almost 100% stable since the day I installed it... except for the bloody apple software updater which crashes every time I boot. Is it just coincidence that the only people who can't write software for vista are apple?
smashie 15th September 2008, 21:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rhuitron
Well, Apple may fix some problems in the software. but you still have a Major problem. You have an APPLE I-POD.
"Steer clear" from the glorified products and their shitty performance, and compatibility issues.
Get a Mp3 player that actually can connect to anybodies computer with a small set of drivers. And wont crash things for you.

Fine, show me another mp3 player with 80gig capacity that isn't any bigger than my ipod.

I'm not being funny here, but show me.
Volund 16th September 2008, 02:05 Quote
well.... the Zune is only .09 inches thicker, and .02 inches taller, while being .4oz lighter (for the 120GB)


I have absolutely no doubt that apple would release buggy drivers for Windows users.
Bluefan 16th September 2008, 08:51 Quote
Well, the BSOD shouldn't happen. Vista should have been all about "stability" and "safety", but... that's not the case.
I only use it to game anyway. Linux for the rest.
Amon 17th September 2008, 01:13 Quote
Did they fix iTunes for XP64 yet? You have to jump through hoops and fly like Superman to make it work--and then my CD writer doesn't work. Brilliant.
knuck 17th September 2008, 05:04 Quote
I found the best bug fixing tip for iTunes to be /uninstall
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