I thought I remembered reading somewhere that when iTunes was getting labels to fill its Music Store's library, they (labels) would simply rip CDs, encode them and submit them. I can't find where I read that, but I was wondering if anyone on here knew if that was, in fact, what happened.
I think the iTunes Store tracks have been exported from the digital studio masters for a long, long time now.
Is there any evidence that they were doing this? I think we would have heard something by now if Apple was selling lossy transcoded content and people would be up in arms.