Originally Posted by ralphp@optonline
Stick with ripping CDs - it is cheaper and at least you get a booklet with the CD.
Strictly speaking, that isn't always true. Case in point: some of the music I have bought from HDtracks is 44.1/16bit music (close to CD quality) and these albums are often priced around $12, which - in many cases - is less than the cost of purchase of a CD, especially if you factor in that my best option for CD purchases is Amazon, which costs extra to ship to me. (I live rural, and music shopping means a 90 mile drive)
As for the booklet that accompanies most CDs: I don't care one whit about "liner notes" -- this material often gets a cursory glance and then is never viewed again. I mean, the internet is frequently a much richer source of artist information than what goes into these things. Ive yet to encounter liner notes/booklets that added significantly to the listening experience or my appreciation of the work. YMMV of course.