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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash Apps
If iTunes is crashing every time you edit ID3 tags, you need to remove all of your Visual plug-ins. Move all files out of ~/Library -> iTunes -> iTunes Plug-ins, and /Library -> iTunes -> iTunes Plug-ins -> Visual Plug-ins. Then quit and restart iTunes, and you should be able to edit ID3 tags now. If you want your visualizers back, then add them back in one by one, and quit and restart iTunes and verify that you can still edit tags.

I verified that the latest versions of Whitecap, G-Force and VolcanoKit don't cause this crash.

I hope this is useful; I had trouble finding a definitive solution on the web.
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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash
Authored by: plaguebearer on Dec 03, '04 03:08:27PM

I have one machine that faithfully crashes iTunes whenever I edit the id3 tags of a song that is also being played at the same time. As soon as I click the OK button... Down she goes. I've noticed that many machines will stumble at that point, but, don't crash the app. I always assumed it was because it was a lower end system. (G3 466 iBook) In my case, if the song isn't being played there isn't any problem. I'll have to see if this tip has any effect.



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Update: Results
Authored by: plaguebearer on Dec 03, '04 03:21:46PM

This tip did fix my crash issue. Whew! Excellent! This bug has followed me through 5 updates of iTunes.



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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash
Authored by: neier on Dec 03, '04 05:26:38PM

I have had several crashes caused by iTunes -- when editing the ID3 tags, or when adding/converting/syncing music. I suspect that the size of the library has something to do with it, and it only seems to crash if the CPU is also busy doing other things, or if there is a lot of disk accesses going on at the same time.

So, I was happy to see this hint -- until I noticed that there is no file in either of my iTunes library directories above that I can blame. :-( Back to the drawing board, I guess. This has been happening since June of this year...



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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash
Authored by: alfred on Dec 04, '04 02:50:44AM

worked for me, thanks.



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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash
Authored by: alfred on Dec 04, '04 02:51:45AM

worked for me, thanks.



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It also crashes with locked files
Authored by: VRic on Dec 04, '04 08:58:41PM

I once had many mp3 files that were locked ("lock" checkbox in the Finder's info window) and I noticed that editing their tags would fail and take iTunes down.

I unlocked all my mp3 files so I don't know if it was fixed in recent versions of iTunes, but it seems consistent with other reports here: songs currently playing may appear as read-only for other threads and heavy CPU or disk load may trigger time-out events on write attemps.

There definitely seems to be something wrong in iTunes when tag write attemps don't go as planned. I believe it handles read-only disks correctly (by not trying), but anything else seems to come as a surprise.

On a side note, crashing is a computer's expression of surprise. I think Apple should have created a "surprised mac" icon for crash dialog boxes instead of the most famous bomb. It would have been consistent with the happy and sad mac icons and would have been less frightening to novice users.



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Prevent an iTunes ID3 tag editing crash
Authored by: kerouassady on Dec 05, '04 05:29:06PM

I was having the problem of iTunes crashing when editing the tags of a playing song. Deleting the iTunes plist did it for me.



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