If you can hear the difference, by all means record in lossless. Certainly no one here is going to object. But for most people it's clearly a useless exercise. And my point about unwieldy files is still valid, as you'll know if you've ever tried to fill a 16gb thumb drive with music files. Plenty of time for a cup of coffee and a shower.
I'm not sure about that 'why bother with fidelity?' remark.Fidelity is a matter of perception. For myself, if I could hear the slightest difference I'd definitely record in lossless, so if you can hear the difference you should record in lossless, no question. For the rest of us, unless we expect a sudden improvement in our hearing in the near future, there's no point.
Wholly agreed on both. I don't think anyone is ever going to tell anyone to STOP using lossless. If you have the storage and you like doing it then by all means. Just I hope those people understand that it's mostly a comfort thing, there really isn't an audible difference.
You can search the internet for ABX tests and the results really never change: from 128 to 320 people are generally successful, but 320 vs lossless it's basically a coin flip. And keep in mind that's when they're sitting there trying to compare them knowing that there is one of each. Explaining the test to you guys would ruin it, but I can nearly guarantee that if you had two files at 192 and one at 96 and told people they were lossless/320/128 and asked them to differentiate them, no one would question the numbers you gave them. I play you a song and say "what's this encoded at?" and you're not gonna know.
Now keep in mind, I use Spotify largely because it plays 320kbps OGG as opposed to Rdio's 192mp3, but the difference there is that, all else being equal, why not go for the larger files? I'm streaming on WiFi, space is irrelevant. But when I do store music on my phone, I use 192 and don't stress about it even slightly. Hell even 96kbps isn't bad, it's just audibly compressed.
There's actually a thread where I'm talking about Rdio's 192 vs Google's 320 and I said I could hear it. Scratch that. I'd been A/Bing and thought I was hearing differences, but eventually conceded that I really couldn't.