I’ve noticed lately that searching within the Zune marketplace was going really slow.  I just figured it was my internet connection at work.  While listening to the Windows Weekly podcast with Paul Thurrott he mentioned this issue and a fix for it.

Paul said to open Internet Explorer and remove the checkbox from the “Automatically Detect Settings” in the Internet Options/Connections tab/Lan Settings.

It sounded a bit far fetched and I was skeptical that it would work (which is exactly what Paul said on the podcast) but it made a huge difference!  The results pop up immediately instead of taking 30 to 45 seconds!

Thanks Paul for the tip!