Sync iPod with iTunes - reduce network bandwidth for iTunes music folder

I'm using a network drive for my iTunes music folder. Average bandwidth is 50Mbps, compared to, say, an external USB HDD with hi-speed USB bandwidth of 750Mbps.
For some reason iTunes needs to consult the files in the iTunes music folder when syncing an iPod. That is, it needs to access the music files even when there is no change and no files actually need copying from the music folder to the iPod.
Because iTunes is reading my music files, it's really slowing down a sync.
How do I get iTunes only to look at my music folder when there's a file to copy. Reading each file just for a sync is consuming resources and I can't see that it's necessary - iTunes knows what is in my music folder as it has the library xml file stored locally on the PC hosting iTunes.
Anyone have any advice here ?
Thanks.
PS have posted this Q twice before with no replies. Hopefully yet another paraphrase to make the question more relevant with get some help from a kind soul out there.
Here's a link to my previous post(s): http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=802961

On my Mac, if the external drive with iTunes library is not connected, it will error out and ask if I want to keep looking for the files.
I'm using a network drive for my iTunes music folder. Average bandwidth is 50Mbps
Why so slow? Is it wireless? What kind of connection is it?
iTunes also wants to know if there is a file to delete or if there is a file that has changed.
an external USB HDD with hi-speed USB bandwidth of 750Mbps
USB 2.0 theoretical max speed is 480Mbit/s. Realistic max speed is ~60% of that.
iTunes knows what is in my music folder as it has the library xml file stored locally on the PC hosting iTunes.
iTunes does not use the library.xml file. It is simply created for other applications to access iTUnes library.

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