Part of my philosophy with buying physical CDs is that I like to have a high quality version in storage, especially with bands that I like. But, I have wondered if buying online gets more money into the pocket of the band. I wondered if this would be even moreso with pre-orders. Obviously every band is different, but I am thinking about preordering the RHCP album. The "bonuses" aren't that exciting - commentary and pre-ordering for tix (but they aren't coming to DC...). So, I wonder the following - if getting an album online, especially the preorder, puts more money in their pockets and spurs the creation of more music (if this isn't true, then I'll just wait for the CD) then is that more noble than waiting for a CD quality backup and further enriching the physical middleman/RIAA?