Originally Posted by m. zillch
But then you aren't hearing SACD, you are hearing CD quality (or MP3 in the case of the Diana Krall you mentioned). If, like zillions of others, hearing music on the go and in the car/plane/train is largely how you consume music you might as well have bought the CD versions, not SACD, because they cost less.
It's all about "use cases" for the MBA's driving the marketing of formats.
If mobile use cases dominate the market, then mobile capable formats (file downloads, streams, easily-rippable CD's) "win" in the market as far as profitable mass markets are concerned.
This means streams, purchased file downloads (mostly lossy compressed, Tidal lossless/HDtracks.com notwithstanding) and CD rips (as trivial as a file copy nowadays) for most of the market/consumers.
That said, I'll reiterate my preference for media ownership- CD/SACD/DVDA-V/BDA-V for most of my purchased collection (for lossless quality) and vinyl (part nostalgia, part sound quality for vintage analog studio recorded albums) and cassettes/8 tracks mostly for nostalgia but also to enjoy vintage analog studio "tape sound" at lower cost/hassle than audiophile grade reel to reel.
Philosophically, I don't like the idea of exclusive media streaming (i.e. rent/lease to view). I want to own media, format shift it as needed, curate my collection and resell/gift as I want in the future.
Youtube, Youtube Music, Radio.com, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Tidal etc are all nice conveniences to discover and sample music and use for cloud storage of purchases, but (physical) ownership will ALWAYS be 11/10ths of the law
BTW, CD's are FAR from a "legacy" format- most vehicles are still sold with a CD player (a sign of a healthy, alive format- cassettes "died" when players were no longer offered in cars/trucks), and last I checked, CD's are still the most used format in current audiophile magazines like Stereophile, Absolute Sound, etc to evaluate gear, speakers.
I think most automakers plan to phase out factory CD players over the next 5 years or so since most people link their phone loaded with music via BT to their car audio and/or plug in their phone/stick/SD card/SDD/Hard Drive filled with music via USB and/or do HDradio/Sirius, but also to eliminate the warranty costs of mechanical CD players.