Today, after many years, I pulled out my Astro Lounge CD hidden in my drawer. I wanted to see if I could tell the difference between an legitimate MP3 (i.e. not pirated) and CD quality. I noticed it instantly, the difference was night and day. I went back and forth between the two and noticed it even more. The difference is hard to describe, but it's definitely there. Then I found the family's CD of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the difference was even more obvious. FYI, these CD's were ripped god knows how long ago, using iTunes 4.9 at 160kbps MP3. This whole thing makes me wonder, though, with the eventual demise of physical media (don't get me wrong, I hate the idea of that, but I've come to realize it's inevitable) will audiophiles have access to uncompressed music? Today, there are already many songs/albums that are digital download only. Those digital downloads are 256 kbps. I have many 320 kbps songs, and uncompressed songs still sound a lot better. So when you go the digital download route, not only are you losing the physical copy (which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preferences) but you are also losing a lot of the quality that some people actually want. So if one wanted an uncompressed version of many songs out today, one couldn't get one if one tried. I think that needs to change. I think if we're going to kiss CD's goodbye, then we should at least have the option of downloading uncompressed (either WAV or AIFF) tracks instead. Thoughts/Reactions?