Fix iTunes High CPU usage on Windows 10

For many Windows users running iTunes can lead to a poor experience since the software at times, behaves as a memory hog. A handful of users complained that the program uses high CPU usage – around 70-90% even when idle. If you are facing the similar issue and looking for a viable solution, try iTunes CPU Redux.

iTunes CPU Redux

iTunes High CPU usage

iTunes CPU Redux is a small utility for reducing the percentage of system resources consumed by iTunes-related processes by shutting them down when not in use.

iTunes High CPU usage

To use this freeware, download and install the tool. Launch the app, and choose the ‘Settings’ tab visible under the main screen. Here, you can configure different options related to the working of iTunes app. You can mark the unnecessary processes you want the application to shut down or close.

Three iTunes processes are believed to consume a sizable amount of CPU memory even when iTunes is not in use. They are-

  1. Distnoted
  2. SyncServer
  3. MobileDeviceHelper

You can select the processes mentioned above by marking the checkbox against them, thereby forcing them to stop.


Once you confirm the action, the processes will be forced to stop, saving you valuable CPU resources.

A good feature about iTunes CPU Redux is that it runs silently in the background without affecting other working applications of your PC, thereby making your iTunes experience more satisfying. However, you can customize the operation of the app through the simple settings panel.

For instance, if you desire, you can change or alter the behavioral settings for the last two processes by adding a rule that blocks the termination of the process when iTunes is open.

In all, iTunes CPU Redux is handy utility and a completely free application to minimize the overall load on your processor, saves battery life of your PC and make your iTunes experience more satisfying.

If you are facing iTunes High CPU usage, you definitely want to check out this software.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

One Comment

  1. Megan Price

    That’s very useful, thank you!

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