|It’s been awhile, Ira, since I listened to you. Really, it’s not you…it’s me.|
After my last The RID Project post, the display on my previous MacBook Pro was damaged after water was spilled on it. (Another delay in writing these posts!) When I got a new MacBook Pro, I started the laborious process of transferring files from my Time Machine backups to my new machine.
Transferring the files helped me realize a number of them could be deleted. I went through my iTunes library and deleted hundreds of podcasts. I had a number of podcasts I still held on to, after listening to them, because I told myself I’d listen to them again. 95% of the time I had yet to listen to them, and even then I couldn’t recall why I saved them in the first place.
A number of podcast feeds were filling up with podcasts I wasn’t listening to. This was the case with This American Life. I really like their podcasts, but I stopped listening to them consistently.
My normal habit with podcasts is to listen to them on my commute. I didn’t like this with This American Life. I liked to enjoy it all together, if possible. However, I don’t have the time to do that. My commute is fifteen minutes. So, instead of figuring out a solution, I did nothing and kept downloading them. I’m not sure how many times I told iTunes that I did still want to download their podcasts, even thought I hadn’t listened to one in awhile.
Why was I continuing to download them? They only have their recent episode available on iTunes. After that, you have to pay $.99 to purchase it. I didn’t want to have to purchase a podcast later.
In setting up my new MacBook Pro, I wanted to reduce the number of files and used hard drive space. So, I got rid of a huge number of podcasts. Many of them I can download again, if I wanted to, but the podcasts from This American Life? No, I’ll have to buy those if I want them again.
I still saved a few of my favorites, but the mass amount I had stored for some future road trip? Gone.
A number of podcast feeds I deleted, once I set up the new MacBook Pro, but I’m still subscribed to This American Life.
My podcast library is a lot simpler now. It’s easier to go through and manage. And, I don’t allow a buildup of podcasts if I’m not going to listen to them…no matter how amazing the podcast is.