Well, it’s been coming for over a year now as i’ve been selectively paring down my less desirable tracks by unchecking them but – after a brief All of MP3 shopping spree this afternoon* – my 40gig iPod is one album away from being full.
Of course there are easily another fifty albums in iTunes that i might never willingly listen to again, so those could be safely unchecked. The issue is that i literally have to take one album off for every one i add. And, given my typical monthly purchase volume (two-five digital albums in a slow month) the attrition is going to get ugly by this time next year.**
Do i try to sell my b&w click wheel 40gig iPod and multiple accessories for $200ish, plunging the capital into the purchase of a 60gig? The extra space would last me through more than 215 more albums.
Or, do i wait until Apple releases another generation of iPods (presumably later this year), suck up the purchase price and just hand off my b&w to a deserving friend?
Or, do i just suck it up and not carry my entire music collection around with me every day?
* I was in the mood for some atmospheric music, and thus bought Sia – Colour The Small One; Medeski, Martin & Wood – Best of Blue Note Years; Mandalay – Instinct; Frou Frou – Details; Emiliana Torrini – Love In The Time of Science (excellent!); and a goth-band tribute to Tori Amos.
** No comment on the implications this has on my hard drive space; i really can’t even contemplate that right now. Now that i have a new acoustic guitar an external hard drive is probably #3 on my big ticket item purchase list.