Audio has gone digital. Get over it.
There has been a lot of chatter from Audiophiles lately about how the quality of compressed digital audio is far less superior than analog. This, along with the loudness wars (which I am not going to get into today), is apparently ruining the listening experience. I have three words for these people...
GET OVER IT!
We are at the beginning of a major paradigm shift in audio formats and you better come along for the ride or you're going to be left by the wayside. Very few people listen to music on a "hi-fi" system while sitting on a couch in their living room these days. Unfortunately, for the time being, those $50 speakers connected to your computer are the most common reference monitors in the world. It's sad, yes, but it is the reality. So if we can all stop complaining and work together to get through this change I think we'll have a much better audio solution when we come out on the other side.
This, of course, is my opinion. What do you think?