We’ve had our home iMac for six years, and during that long period (too long, according to Richard) it has served faithfully and well. Lately, however, it has been a bit slower than normal, and somewhat balky. I asked Richard to take a look at it, and he found that in six years we had managed to use up a lot of space, which could be slowing the iMac down. He deleted a few programs for old games, but also pointed out that by far the biggest user of space was our iTunes. It would be a good thing, he said, to go through it and see whether any of the music could be deleted.
It’s amazing what kind of stuff you accumulate on a home computer over the years, and iTunes is no exception. We had some 93 GB of music on the iTunes, and as I began deleting I found that it was pretty easy to do so. How did Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson get on there, anyway? (How embarrassing!) I don’t think I’ll need, for now at least, the Arabic language primer that I downloaded when we were preparing for our trip to Egypt. And — sorry, Russell! — I don’t have any problem deleting the heavy metal, electronica, and hip hop/rap music that I don’t like and don’t listen to. The main purpose of the iTunes, now, is to store songs and sync my iPod, so we don’t need to keep music that is never going to make the iPod cut.
So far I’ve deleted about 25 GB of files that were on the iTunes. We’ll have to see whether the iMac becomes a bit more frisky as a result — but in any event it feels good to discard some of the outmoded musical baggage and cull the iMac herd.