Originally Posted by davidhunternyc
Yes, I can't quite understand why Apple doesn't let us download with a higher bitrate such as Apple Lossless. It seems to me that if they don't start offering high fidelity soon, someone else will.
There is always a tradeoff between quality, bandwidth, and perceived security.
The labels don't want perfect copies to be easily available online.
The cost of bandwidth for alac/flac files is significantly higher than any compressed format.
The average listener can't discern 128 from cd, let alone the 256 they're selling now.
As a result, people concerned about resolution over convenience will continue to be better served by buying the physical media and then extracting the content to their computer in their preferred method.
If you buy a lot of music, amazon prime quickly pays for itself. You get 2 day shipping, so the convenience factor is only slightly worse, and then you get the actual media to keep as a backup once you've extracted the data.