Originally Posted by mikeyman
My understanding is this will be the final year the majors release CDs.
As to how I buy? After years of mail ordering CDs (since or Tower closed)...I've mostly given up. Big releases, I'll go down the street and buy it at the Best Buy...ones not available there 90% of my taste) I get from AmazonMP3 or iTunes--whichever is cheaper at the moment. I HATE paying $10 for compressed files. I then have to burn to play on the big system...eh...Anyway-then at the end of the year, albums I LOVE, I'll mail order the CD--or ask for them for Xmas. So buy them AGAIN.
I recently bought the new Bonnie Raitt twice. CD on the day of release...then I found the 88.2 masters available on www.hdtracks.com
-love it. Still, what a PIA...download most of an evening...author a DVD-A...then I can listen. And the PDF booklet? Glad I had the CD cover/book.
I have always said they should have two formats--cheap downloads like AAC/MP3...for the "cassette market" 80%...and SACD/DVDA physical discs for People who actually care. Oh, well...