Last night I was working on a project in Illustrator, and out of nowhere I receive the “Startup disk is nearly full” error message. Wha?? Opening up a Finder window shows the facts, 236.5 MB free. Wha, again?? I came to the conclusion that it had something to do with podcasts, so I jump into iTunes and delete the ones that I’ve heard, freeing only 300 megs.
Here’s the deal, apparently iTunes, despite being set to only save three episodes per podcast, has had a problem in the past deleting them completely from the hard drive. Perhaps this was an issue in iTunes 4.9 that has since been corrected in 5.0 (only time can tell), but you may want to have a look in the “Podcast” folder under your “Music,” “iTunes Music Library” folders. I went through there and cleared out over 4 GB of undeleted Podcasts.
Learn from my lesson, just because it isn’t in the Library anymore, doesn’t mean its not rotting in the graveyard.
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