Problem: iTunes 188.8.131.52 not Responding after auto update (Windows 7 64 bit).
Symptom: iTunes is sitting with a spinning blue cursor at the podcast list view, cannot use or quit application.
1.) Find iTunes.exe in Windows Task manager and end the process
(Interesting side plot, even having used the 64 bit installer, iTunes.exe is still shown as *32 in Windows Task Manager.)
2.) Go and grab the 64bit installer from http://www.apple.com/au/itunes/download/
3.) Uninstall then re-install using the 64bit installer
5.) Takes a bit of time to run back through the library, but it did fix the problem
A quick search on this problem shows that a lot of people have been impacted by this update with the same symptoms, looks like another faulty release 😦
Updated 2014-07-22 – only a partial fix, the delay when re cataloging when iTunes is restarted is painful. This appears to be a much bigger problem with this build.
Updated 2014-07-28 – The entire podcast section is just horrendous, does not work, and interferes with the rest of the application.
Updated 2014-08-08 – Definitely an application problem; “iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcasts episodes in a list.”
Updated 2014-08-18 – Even with the iTunes 184.108.40.206 update subscribed podcasts were not downloading, these were indicated by a grey exclamation mark. Unsubscribing from the podcast gave the required ‘blue dot’ and refreshing the podcast brought down the missing episodes. Looks like something is still majorly broken in iTunes podcast land.