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Updates for iTunes or Safari are often large files and that could be causing the long download times.

This is driving insane. I'm using a PC one with XP, one with Vista. They're both less than two years old.

Why! Please tell me why it takes so long to download Mac stuff (i.e. updates for iTunes, Safari, etc.). I turn off all anti-virus software and it takes four or five times as long to download as PC software. Is there something I can do about this other than to buy a Mac?

In this excerpt from Answercast #14, I talk about download times for popular Apple software and updates and why Apple updates may seem to download slower than PC updates.

Slow Apple downloads

My guess is buying a Mac won't help.

Now, I don't know what software you're comparing it to. My experience with Apple software, on the Windows platform, is that their downloads just tend to be fairly large.

They tend to be bigger downloads

An update for iTunes or Safari tends to download more data than an update for various other programs. That's not to say it's absolutely this way all the time; it is not! There are definitely software packages under Windows for PCs that also typically have very large downloads.

  • My guess however is that you just don't have any of those.

You may have common software packages that update themselves fairly quickly.

Large files take longer to download

Like I said, I have just noticed that the downloads seem to be bigger. So ultimately, they are probably downloading just as fast. It's just that there is that much more to download. Therefore, it takes more time.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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May 6, 2012 1:15 AM

I noticed in the question/comment the type of connection wasn't mentioned. Dial-up seems like it takes forever.
Mac stuff takes longer than PC stuff. Hmm, I wonder if the computer is being snotty. (chuckle)

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