Interesting discussion Quality wise you get crap (in relative terms), as n3r0 says 24bit/192kHz would be the necessary to be = to CD. When Cd came they said to you, this is the “Perfect” sound…and it was not, as it was cut at 20Hz and 20000HZ…you don’t ear (at a conscient level) it but the wave should be there. Than they came with algorithms that give you “CD quality”…and it was a fake, you know by now that mp3 is a “lossy” way… All depends on the system you use to reproduce the music. If you get a good one, even some CDs sound like crap. So downloaded music will always be like that…unless they get a method that doesn’t cut the sound wave at all. And you have the price…gridy, gridy peolple.They only see $$$s, if possible in growing billion amounts, no matter the stuff you buy…and not only on technical grounds, but also in what matters…the music itself. Dematerializing music sales its their dream. You get no physical discs and with DRM the day will came it will be possible to control the files in your own computer. You see, the files you paid for…and you can listen “your usage time is out…pay us more and we will you allow to use it again”. But we are the ones to blame, if we keep paying the asked price…as we are when we buy copy protected Cds in countries where the law allow us to make a copy of a CD we own to listen in the car.