That's the best way I can describe it. for several weeks now, iTunes has been skipping, or popping, if you prefer. when I listen to music or audio streams, there are frequent pops in the sound. It's like an audio file that's been imported from a scratched CD, but I can verify with certainty that this happens on tracks that I know are fine. And this morning, it got so bad that I had to restart iTunes. Like it was all just one big string of static.

Has anyone ever had this happen? I have noticed lately that iTunes is running up some serious processor time, way more than I think an audio player should. See image for what iTunes requires to listen to WNYC.

But like I say, this popping manifests itself in ALL AUDIO that I play in iTunes. It's beginning to make me angry.