My beloved IDEA is one of my most valuable tools. But sadly I can't do any significant work without it interfering with iTunes audio (Windows). It causes iTunes to stutter, pause, "rubber band", etc. I suspect the compiler is blocking some IDE GUI thread putting it into some contention with iTunes threads at the OS GUI level. The same does not happen when I do heavy work with Visual Studio and other tools. Is there any way I can tweak IDEA thread usage to avoid this kind of thing? Reprioritize the GUI threads or something like that. Surely I'm not the first to experience this kind of real-time interference.