Hmmm…wish I could figure this out. I’ve Googled and looked through the Apple support boards and while others are reporting similar issues, it’s not close enough for me to nail down the cause.
iTunes 6.0.2 on my dual 2Ghz G5 downloads very slowly. It can take hours to get a podcast. I know that’s dependent on the remote server speed. But sites that used to be very fast are now painfully slow.
More often than not, iTunes is checking for new podcasts before it has finished updating from the last sweep.
Before I left for San Francisco, I purchased an episode of Commander in Chief that I missed, hoping to watch it on the plane. Three hours later, I had to disconnect my iPod without the episode because it was still downloading. That’s just not right.
My computer is connected to a cable modem through a Linksys router. FTP and HTTP downloads are fast as normal. It’s just iTunes that drags. And I think it’s only been since iTunes 6.01 or 6.02.