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iTunes Video

The video on iTunes has a way to go in my opinion before it can be touted widely. While I don’t have the fastest PC out there, it also isn’t all that bad.

2.4GHz Celeron
1GB RAM
240GB HD Space
ATI Radeon 9800 XT (only at 4X AGP though)

It runs what I want, but it is starting to show its age in some newer games, the 9800XT covers up some of that. However my performance with the videos included with the latest Black Eyed Peas album on iTunes chugged, churned, skipped, and got out of sync in several places.

But! Earlier this afternoon I installed new video drivers which required a reboot of my PC; once it came back up I ran the videos again and they played just fine…even in full screen mode. So what caused it to work? The reboot as the cause is doubtful because after I played the videos last night I played a couple games without a problem, Morrowind and Jedi Academy. Its possible the new video driver fixed it; but I don’t recall seeing anything mentioned in the release notes about it.

So now I will change my mini-review from broken, needs fixing to: beautiful when it works, but something is still too resource intensive.

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About James

I am a Senior Developer/Consultant for InfoPlanIT, LLC. I previously spent over 7 years as a Product Manager for what eventually became ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity. While there, I helped to create ActiveReports 7, GrapeCity ActiveAnalysis, and Data Dynamics Reports.

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