I just read this from Andrew Quint at The Absolute Sound in his piece about a classical music download site:
“Generally speaking, audiophiles like to own their music. Borrowing from a vast and undifferentiated stream with practically limitless choices just doesn’t sit right—at least not as the only option. We tend to grow our music collections selectively with the same care with which we assemble our audio systems. Traditionally, of course, this has meant LPs, tapes, and varieties of silver discs, but the ascendance of electronically delivered content can’t be denied. Sound quality, abominable when the medium is a highly compressed format, can now be extraordinarily good.”
I hadn’t really thought about it before, but I am an audiophile collector. Streaming doesn’t appeal.