I like to have the artwork that comes along with a lot of releases. Often, it can be a piece of work that the artist has had specially made for the album. In this case, it is very much a part of the album. I like to have a real version of this that I can look at. Some albums will also have a nicely made booklet to go with them, and I find that this can add to the experience too .
lossless sounds better to me
Quote from: astroidmist on 25 March, 2012, 11:24:12 PMlossless sounds better to meAre you prepared to provide us with objective evidence, and if so would you be willing to take part in future listening tests?
You don't think that downloads provided by amazon and itunes (per astroidmist's post, did you read it?) don't also fall into your "restrictive condition"?
A few times my files got deleted, and Amazon mislabels many tunes so it's good to have CDs.
All the more, in the sentence you quoted he also says "[lossless] gives peace of mind that nothing is missing" and even if I myself actually don't listen from lossless sources any more, this latter, if not subjective quality, seems to me a good reason not to buy lossy material.
Writeable CDs are known to deteriorate much faster than factory-pressed silver discs, and the same should hold true for DVDs and Blu-Rays. If anything, I would expect the deterioration problem to be worse on the newer discs, since each bit is represented by a much smaller surface area, due to their higher data density.
All I can say to the hordes of starving artists out there is: if you're unhappy with your job, quit and find another.