I don’t own CDs nor do I own cassettes.
What I do own, are two hard drives full of music @ 200GB worth.
That’s thousands upon thousands of songs, and hundreds of albums, for days and days of music.
I COULDN’T FIND WHAT I WANTED
It just struck me the other day as I was using iPod that I couldn’t find the ONE song I wanted to listen to*.
(*Chase and Stratus – Eastern Jam in case you were wondering).
For whatever reason, it was lost in the mix of all the names and groups and I was getting frustrated.
Then I realized that I simply don’t listen to all of it.
KEEPING SONGS JUST TO KEEP WHOLE ALBUMS
How silly is that? I only listen to maybe 2-3 songs per album, and I kept the full album nonetheless.
JUST BECAUSE I HAVE THE SPACE..
..it doesn’t mean I need to keep it. I can keep all of the music on my hard drives without a problem, but
WHY DO I NEED 100 DAYS OF SONGS?
I probably can’t even make it through a week of songs in a whole year, even playing one song each time.
I listen to my music about 4 hours a day either while working, relaxing or using my iPod while walking outside.
So I made a decision to downsize on my music collection to keep only the music I loved.
HOW I DOWNSIZED
These were my rules:
- Take only the songs you’ve replayed from each album
- Keep all classical music
- Remove duplicates (live versus CD, keep the one you like)
- Only keep remixes of what you like
On-going maintenance: As I listen to a song I no longer like, make a note of it, and remove it completely from my backups and my devices.
JUST BECAUSE I CAN KEEP IT DOESN’T MEAN I SHOULD!
8 hours later (spread out over 3 days) I went from 200GB to 30GB of music.
I know 30GB is still a lot of music (about 2 days worth of music, or 48 hours of continuous playing), but it is a heck of a lot easier to find music now.
It seems like I have such an unlimited amount of space to keep whatever I want, but just because I can keep it, doesn’t mean I should.
This is the same principle I use in my life, so why not apply it to digital storage as well?