Originally Posted by chainring
iTunes is a great thing for convenience and when you don't want the whole album, but I don't go that route. I tend to like having the whole album and the physical CD, mainly because I'll rip it to a lossless format (FLAC, for me) and transcode to AAC/MP4 for use on the iPod, PSP, PRS-600, etc... I think $10 is a great step for the pricing of CD's.
I agree, I like having the physical media and rip to lossless, then for portability. For most of the artists I like, I want the entire album even if a couple of songs seem weak (repeated listening often changes my opinion).
It's refreshing to see a large company like Universal experiment with lower pricing for a change. Maybe ebook publishers could take note...