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Posted on Jul 3, 2013 in How to simplify, Resources | 5 comments

Simplify Your Music


I love to listen to music.  It helps me to relax, focus my attention on my work and workouts, and improved my mood when I am stressed or down.  I like to have a hard copy of my music library, even though I usually listen to it through my phone.  This shows my age, but I enjoy opening a jewel box and removing the shiny CD to put into the player.  CDs take up a lot of space, and they get very dirty.  Keeping a bookshelf full of dusty CD boxes is one more example of how lots of possessions consume our time and energy to maintain them in our lives.  Fortunately, there are many ways to simplify.

Before I start, I want to point out that the examples I show are just examples.  I am not affiliated with any of these products or services, and do not receive any compensation from them.

  • If you can’t part with your CD collection, try getting rid of your boxes, and store the CDs in binders (here or here).  You can also find CD pages to fit into regular three-ring binders.  When I made this transition, I could not believe how mush space those jewel boxes took up, or how dirty they were, even though I kept them dusted.  The recycling bin was filled twice, just by throwing them away.  This was a one-day project, but it took me a few hours for my 400 CD collection, since I kept the liner notes next to the CD in the slots.  As I went through the collection, I found many CDs I had not listened to in a long time.  Some, I put back into rotation, some went to charity.  My whole collection no fits in the space of 3 large books.
  • Once I had a phone that stored MP3 files, I spent some time copying my favorite CDs to my computer.  I use itunes for this.  As I got more used to having copies of my favorite music on my laptop and phone, I got more comfortable not having a hard copy of each CD.  I like that I can buy music from anywhere and store it in one place. I still like having a whole album, rather than individual pieces, though.
  • You can store your collection in the cloud, rather than on your own equipment.  Using services like Amazon Cloud, icloud and Google Play, you can store your music, and access it anywhere from many devices.  Of course, you have to have access to the internet to do this.  You can even check out music files from the public library and listen online.
  • You can listen to your favorite music without storing your own files.  Services like Pandora and Spotify allow you to design your own radio stations that start with your favorite music, and offer you their choices of other music you night like.  You can teach the services your preferences as you listen, or create playlists.  Free services have advertising, or you can use a paid version.


Here and here are some other resources with comparisons and detailed instructions.


Photo credit: hugochisholm

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  1. We love music and have significantly downsized our CD collection. We have a great store which takes sell backs, and we enjoy the extra change.

    Our favorites are worth the purchase on iTunes, but we have less than 100 songs for two people. We add a few every few weeks, but we’re choosy because we’re paying down debt.

    I love Pandora! It allows us to hear our old faves – from Dokken to Iron Maiden to 10,000 Maniacs – while playing darts in our kitchen!

    Thank you for sharing all of this information. I wish I knew your name, so I could say, “Thank you, ___ (Bob, Alphonse, Gertie).” 😉

    • Hi Tammy,
      I love Pandora too. Sometimes, I’m surprised by what they choose for me, especially if I have been listening for a while. I am happy to talk as myself by email! Not using my name on the blog makes it easier to write freely.

      • I get it! Sometimes I wish I were anonymous on my blog. 😉

        Sometimes Pandora really reads my mind, and sometimes I think “she” is reading my husband’s.

        Have a great long weekend if you’re in the US!

        • Yes, we are celebrating the 4th and listening to fireworks set to music tomorrow. The doggie is not so much a fan of the fireworks. Happy 4th!

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