His setup: Both machines running 10.5.4 and iTunes 7.7.1 (but again, this started on 7.7) Air is a day 1 1.6GHZ, 80GB and the iMac is a 2.8GHZ 4GB RAM 320GB HDD When I started, I had 997.1 MB of music (163 songs, all .m4a files, except 27 .m4p) 5 playlists 93.6 MB of photos 27 ringtones No movies or TV shows 47 MB video (all video podcasts) Contacts, calendar synced to MobileMe 3 other IMAP email accounts 74 apps (a lot, I know, but certainly not as many as you could possibly have) The sync added No music No playlists No photos No ringtones No movies or TV shows 3.5 GB of video (99 podcasts, and this part only took about 10 minutes, as you can see in the video) 6 app updates (2 of which were not installed because of an error) No new apps The backup folder produced this time weighs in at 9,771 items and 848.1 MB [corrected from GB] My observations: It doesn't matter if the app updates error or not, my last sync was 6:49 with 4 app updates, all of which were successful. Since 2.0, backup and sync has been very long, but not to this extent. Usually 1.5 - 2 hours. It started getting this bad about a month ago, right before iTunes 7.7.1 came out, an app crashed mid install via Wi-Fi app store, crashing the phone to the Apple logo but not booting all the way. When it crashed like that, I put it in DFU mode and restored from backup, immediately had the same problem. Back to DFU mode and restored with fresh firmware—instead of crashing daily, it did it every few days, requiring DFU mode and fresh download of firmware. Did a complete wipe from within the phone, installed fresh firmware again, and started from scratch. New iTunes installation (removing support files first, empty trash, reboot, then reinstall) new firmware download. Since then, no more Apple logo of death, and very few app crashes in general, but still excruciating backup/sync times. If I skip the backup (I'm inclined to do that these days, since they are usually corrupted, even with a fresh copy on the desktop) it still takes at least 2-3 hours to sync.
It's been such a long time I think I should be goin', yeah And time doesn't wait for me, it keeps on rollin' Sail on, on a distant highway I've got to keep on chasin' a dream I've gotta be on my way Wish there was something I could say. Well I'm takin' my time, I'm just movin' along You'll forget about me after I've been gone And I take what I find, I don't want no more It's just outside of your front door. It's been such a long time. It's been such a long time. Well I get so lonely when I am without you But in my mind, deep in my mind, I can't forget about you Good times, and faces that remind me I'm tryin' to forget your name and leave it all behind me You're comin' back to find me.