It occured to me that I not only have a lot of data CD-Rs lying around, but that they're spread out among at least 5 different places in the same room. Time to sift through them. After a while I realized that they all pretty much came in one of the following categories:
- Music (audio) CD-Rs. There were times when I'd burn a disc of something in order to have a quick copy I could listen to in the car, or give to somebody, etc. Though given the ease these days of faster internet connections, larger hard drive sizes, larger portable mp3 player capacities, etc., I realized that there's no need to hang on to most of these. There were certainly some exceptions, like discs that had tracks burned on to them that I didn't already have ripped as mp3. Other than that, a lot of stuff to ditch.
- mp3 discs. Similar to the above. My first mp3 player was a TDM Mojo player. It was essentially a discman that additionally could play CD-Rs filled with mp3s. At the time (2002?) this was amazing. The idea of being able to carry 20 albums on a single disc was an enormous step up from the pain of having to go through your music collection before going on vacation and trying to decide what to take with you. I put these either with the rest of the mp3 discs I've kept around, or in the trash.
- (Purchased) Software discs. This is the installation software that comes with some prodct or another. Some of these were well worth keeping, like the programs or games I still use but they don't make anymore.
- Non-personal but useless. By this, I mean things like "Norton Anti-Virus 2002". These are the sorts of discs that aren't really worth keeping around.
All in all, I must have freed at least 20 cases.