Interesting article at Daily Finance. Major music labels are unofficially saying the CD will be phased out in only a year? Seems too fast, to me. If so, I hope they begin packaging "digital booklets" with their downloads. I'd rather have a paper booklet, but a digital one will be better than nothing. I also hope more major digital retailers begin offering FLAC as a file format option.
I'm not snobby enough to have anything against the mp3, but when I buy a download album and then discover it's in only 256 kpbs, it kinda pisses me off.
I mean, I re-encode high bitrate mp3s that I plan on putting on my phone/mp3 player to a lower bitrate just so I can cram more on there, but the audio produced by these gadgets isn't good enough to bother with high bit rates anyway. But I still want the original high bit rate files for my home system, and if I pay full album price, I think it's not unreasonable to expect at least 320 kbps.