Friends, I have been thinking about the popularity of the Stones SACDs and the generally aweful music retailing situation as discussed in the Wall Street Journal today. Some food for thought: I wonder if we might see soon a two-tiered approach to the market: Tier 1 - High Resolution Audio (no need to debate which or if both) that people purchase to listen to their favorite bands in greater sonic detail. Premium is paid for high quality graphics, jewel cases, DSD or PCM recording, etc. Copyright protection cuts down on pirating, but likely does not eliminate it. Digital outs eliminated from CD players. In essence, one pays to have own copies of music but is rewarded by great quality with bulk of CDs now in "hybrid" format. Money drives more classic titles into campaigns similar to Rolling Stones remasters. High rez players drop dramatically in cost as decoding chips hit high volume plane. User can copy music but only in analog output form. Tier 2 - Downloadable MP3 type music, offered on websites by labels for small per song charge, or free for a couple of "teaser tracks" from record label. Sharing is encouraged as way to rebuild label goodwill, but quality is limited by low-rez nature although perhaps with better compression scheme. Labels use tracks as loss leader to create interest in the premium-priced (but reasonable) high rez album verions. Do you share my view of one possible audio future? Why or why not?