Firstly, I've done a quick scan through the iTunes forum and I can't see any threads like this, so apologies if it's already been done! So: can you hear the supposed "improved quality" from the higher bitrate on these new DRM-free tracks, compared to the old 128Kbps versions (obviously, compare the same tracks )? If you can/can't, mention what type of speakers you're using. I've only got one track available for upgrade, and haven't upgraded it yet, because I can't really hear the difference on my PowerBook's built-in speakers. It might be different when I go home and use my Harmon-Kaardon sound sticks though - the PowerBook speakers do lack quite a lot in the low bass and high treble, which is also where I found the old iTunes DRM-enabled purchases lacked. As a side note, the whole DRM/DRM-free thing isn't too much of an issue to me, I've never really needed a non-DRM free track yet.