I personally still buy CDs primarily for resale value. If you want to resell your CD collection, each CD retains some sort of value to a collector. Unfortunately, downloaded MP3s don't have any value. You can't resell them as it would be considered copyright infringement if you do.
Traditionally, when consumers purchase something, that something retains at least resale value. In a digital world, digital downloads have no value due to download/transfer restrictions. Because you're purchasing digital content and because of the terms of that content, there's no way to know which original download was the original file you purchased. Even then, it can be argued that it was a 'copy' instead of the 'original' leaving you legally vulnerable. Also, because most digital retailers fire-and-forget your download, there's nothing to transfer to a would-be buyer at the retailer's site. So, you're stuck with a 'worthless' collection of MP3s. Sure, you can listen to them, but if you tire of them, you can't resell them to your friend.
Digital non-DRM for-pay downloads effectively eliminate the used market for music. So, unlike today, you won't be able to walk into a store and purchase used music. Of course, that might make some artists happy.
With CDs, you can still sell the case, printed materials and the CD itself. You have a physical and tangible media that can be resold. Even DRMed music with licenses may allow you to transfer the licenses to another individual also allowing resale of specific songs or the whole collection. Even music sold on flash drives would retian value over downloaded music. With a flash drive, you can still resell the physical drive containing the original music content.
So, even though non DRM downloaded MP3 music works for portability of the music, it doesn't work for resale or retain any value. Until the MP3 music sellers can work out a way to allow this purchased content to be sold as used, I'll stick with physical media deliveries. After all, reselling purchased goods has always been the right of a consumer.
Maybe I?m too old now (28), but for some reason, I still like buying complete albums on CDs.
Although I use playlists on my iPod, I still enjoy listening to albums back-to-back. When I used my shuffle (sorry Tom and Molly, I do think is cool), I used to load it with albums in full.
That?s the way I grew up listening to music, and that?s the way I felt in love with it. I also believe that?s why many rock bands (and other artists) created great ALBUMS during the last four decades of the 1900s.
That makes good artists. They put their work and effort in the whole album, not only two or three ?hit? songs and that?s it.