No matter what you do, provide a NON-LOSSY format of some sort. If you MUST go download only, then at the least make it FLAC or something.
I, for one, will NEVER, under any circumstances, buy an "album" of MP3s. I'll listen to them if you want to give them to me, but I'll never pay for them. I'd prefer greatly to have a hard source copy for archival purposes.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, because everyone can hear the difference through those $12 skullcandy earbuds that are what pass for "premium" playback these days, or those Monster/Dre POS buds that do nothing but reproduce bass. Badly.
Do what you will. I put stuff out there in the most common format that the most users are utilizing. I keep masters in case that format changes, it's easy enough to change with the times so long as you have good source material. But I'm sure not going to release anything in a format that's going to make my users chase either a separate app or codec to play, that's a great way to eliminate your audience before you can even get started.
99% of listeners can't tell the difference between a song played on a CD and the same song played on FM radio. Half of those can't tell much difference between the CD source and AM radio. So let's not kid ourselves. I like high quality sound but the vast majority of listeners don't care, so long as they can hear the vocals.