Well, I did it. It took some time, wrenching of the teeth, and much wailing. But I did it. I am free. What did I do?
I deleted almost 30GB of downloaded MP3's.
Yeah. It was tough, but I looked at it this way: If I am going to be very outward to others about my views toward software freedom, then I need to be honest with myself and whether or not I have pirated software, music, movies, etc. I did. I had lots. No more though. The binary bits are now recycled and will be used for other data.
I think this puts up a level of honesty that most won't rise to. I'll tell you. It's tough. It's not easy. Most of the music on my external HDD was downloaded using Napster and Kazaa back in the day. Probably 60% from my wife too. There were some great albums on there. Many of which I listened to almost daily.
I would recommend that you do it too. No doubt most of you reading this post have downloaded content that you listen or watch. Free yourself. Be honest with yourself and the record labels. If you want the content, purchase it. $0.99 per song isn't that bad, really.
At any event, I now get the opportunity to re-encode all the albums that I already own to Ogg Vorbis. I think that will be enjoyable, actually, as I get to choose my own bitrate, and reorganize my music.