Pruning the hard drive
Like probably most of you, I have lots of music on my computer. Uploaded all my CDs a few years back, plus purchased/acquired downloads from eMusic, Amie Street, Guvera, Lala, Bandcamp, etc. Way more stuff than I'm ever going to have the time to hear. The download frenzies of a decade ago made it impossible to listen to albums as soon as I got them, when I was grabbing eMusic boosters and checking Amie Street 5x a day for new releases. Yet somehow I'm reluctant to hit that delete button when I hear something that doesn't grab me.
Part of it is the idea that storage is cheap. It's not like I need to build more shelves for physical media, and I have a 4TB hard drive that's not running out of space any time soon. But it slows down my computer in a big way, and it just seems pointless to keep tracks that don't excite me or even register when they come up on shuffle. Another factor is that some artists and albums take multiple listens to sink in, so I'm afraid I might miss one of those if I delete based on one play, when I might just not be in the right mood for whatever it is. But I'm forcing myself to go through the collection right now, in a completely random way, and delete stuff that makes me go "meh." I just don't have enough hours in the day to listen to everything, and I still have downloaded albums I acquired years ago that I've never heard.
How do you all deal with this?