Surprisingly, there are now strong adherents of the upgraded audio (usually 96k / 24-bit) resolution digital files as presented by labels on albums, and, more often, as HD Tracks issues. I even have a friend who is selling off much of his physical media in favor of the high quality tracks that can be obtained.
Aside from the few remixes of adored albums (Jethro Tull, YES, ELP, etc) that contained the high-resolution remix files, I have not stepped out in to the digital realm apart from the low level MP3s pulled from my own collection. I have heard FLACs from other bands.
My question to you is a simple one. If you were to start accepting these high-quality transfers and remasters/remixes as the method by which you were to listen to your music, which album is THE one that you just simply have to have? Pick the title (or titles, if you’re extremely impassioned about which you needed).
Soon, Neil Young’s new fledgling service, Ponos, will be fully operational. Personally, I’m wanting remasters rather than flat transfers. One of the highlights of the upcoming Ponos service will be the long awaited arrival of some of Neil Young’s classic titles including Time Fades Away.
My great fear – and it IS a great fear – is that much of the important music in my life will NEVER see these upgrades. Bands like Wishbone Ash will likely NEVER see the light of day other than a flat transfer (like their Argus issue on the costly SHM-SACD – blecchh)!