I currently use a mid-2012 MacBook Pro as my main laptop. I have replaced the HDD with an SSD and moved the HDD to the optical drive bay.
I also have a pretty large iTunes library - ~250GB, 12,000 songs, all Apple Lossless. I store this on the HDD, and iTunes is painfully slow to browse - upwards of 5 seconds often to open an artist, etc. I also have several very large box sets (100CD) which are around 2000 songs a piece. When I click on these albums, iTunes takes a good 40 seconds to load.
Obviously it would be ideal to store the iTunes library on the SSD, but this is not possible due to storage sizes. I believe the next best thing would be to have the actual media on the HDD, but have the iTunes index file (iTunes Library.itl) on the SSD.
Is this possible, and would it help? Otherwise, what can I do to speed up iTunes? Its truly painful right now.
Thanks for any help.
As a side note, I've tried using other media players, and they are much faster, but I am hooked on the iTunes interface.