Thats not the point really. Itunes is charging the same price for an inferior product.. If we continue to dumb down everything where will we end up. Reducing the quality of music equals dumbing down. And once gone we won't get it back again! Of course the real problem is people don't actually listen to music anymore, it is part of something else that they are doing, walking, writing, working. I never see the point in using anything other than a standard player and included earphones in that case as people are not really listening!