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Old 13th May 2014, 11:51   #2
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assuming you're just playing the file as an mp3 and not inside of the rar file, it's most likely because you've got a 4650x4650 piece of album art embedded in the file and based on the skin you're using, Winamp will be doing multiple artwork lookups from the file and due to the shear size of it, it takes time and so it all adds up.

ironically this is something i've been working on reducing the number of lookups made so it caches things and comparing 5.666 build 3516 with the internal dev build, it's still slow, but it's far better than what is seen with the version that you can use.

there's not much to suggest other than to down-size / remove the artwork or you'll need to put up with the lag (which is more noticeable with Modern skins due to how they work).
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