Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:35 PM
Java is a high-level programming language, and therefore does a lot of management for you in its virtual machine (JVM). One such thing is a garbage-collecting system. Once the JVM's garbage collector detects that your variable isn't being used anymore, it frees up that area in memory. So your short answer for that is no.
If you're concerned about using space however, you can model your objects in a way that removes references when they're "destroyed," prompting the garbage collector to remove them. If you know you're going to have multiples of that same class being displayed, it may also be a good idea to make your Images and AudioClips static, so you only need to instantiate one, rather than create a new one for every instance.