Why not ALAC which makes smaller files?
Ok, this is a point of view I've seen in other audiophiles that I simply do not understand. I buy music because I like the music. That means that sometimes the only recording I can get of a performer or piece I like is poorly recorded. I'm not just talking about loudness wars CDs. There's a composition by Richard Strauss called Metamorphosen. The only recording of it I've been able to find was by the Berlin Symphony for (or off from the sound of it) the radio. The sound quality? Crap. The performance? Pretty amazing.
I think music lovers, as opposed to gear lovers, will put up with a poor recording of old and new music, if they love the music. And listen to it on more forgiving set ups.
This is why I will never call myself an audiophile. It's also why I'll never own extremely revealing equipment. I listened to a Norah Jones CD at a meet with an HD800 and it was unlistenable. Like finger nails on a chalk board.
Where have you looked for Metamorphosen and not found it. There are many versions on Amazon. I have this version, although from a boxed set, and it sounds good. http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Strauss--Eulenspiegel-Walzer-Metamorphosen/dp/B000S54NH8/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1330464574&sr=1-4