So, it's been a really long time since I've last purchased music - probably like a year.
I find a band I like today and decide to download their stuff on itunes. It's taken me 4 hours to download 1 album and 1 EP, for a grand total of maybe 15 songs. Scratch that. The songs have downloaded quickly, within a minute for each song, but each has been "processing" for 30-40 minutes each. I actually had to cancel my plans tonight to download itunes music! It's around as fast as it took when I was in HS and only had AOL... Cue horrible nightmares.
Itunes has been "processing" the same (and thankfully final) 3 songs for 2 hours now and I'm worried it's just not going to download them.
Update: got so frustrated that I just left the computer alone and went out for an hour. Back at quarter past 12 and presto! (Of course.) They should update itunes with a warning: Caution, may take hours to "process" downloaded music.