I'm having the exact same symptoms as this user. However, I don't (like that user) have FileVault on, nor are my hard drives sleeping whenever possible (as per energy saving settings).

My music playback keeps dropping out for a second or so, several times per song (5+). No crazy CPU usage or anything like that.



  • Mid-2011 Mac Mini
  • OSX 10.9.5
  • 2.5GHz i5
  • 8 GB DDR3
  • SSD
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB
  • iTunes
  • We need more info. Machine, OS, RAM, drive type, memory/swap/CPU usage from Activity Monitor, etc...
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 1 '15 at 10:43
  • Could this help you? please edit your question and add details of your hardware.
    – John K
    Jun 1 '15 at 10:44
  • Do you have any other media players installed? Also check your sound output settings in System Preferences > Sound > Output. Also, try using hedphones, headset or different speakers. It could be the hardware problem
    – John K
    Jun 1 '15 at 11:07
  • I have Quicktime. Output device is internal speakers.
    – henrebotha
    Jun 1 '15 at 11:53

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