Downsizing your music collection

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.

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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?

It’s ludicrous!

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:

  1. Take only the songs you’ve replayed from each album
  2. Keep all classical music
  3. Remove duplicates (live versus CD, keep the one you like)
  4. 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?

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.