Re: Ignore Apple; get better for less (@Kristian)
Some quick price comparisons, of some of my current favourite albums:
First Love by Emmy the Great: iTunes, £4.49; Qobuz €9.99 (about 75% more expensive)
Gulag Orkestar by Beirut: iTunes, £7.99; Qobuz €11.99 (about 18% more expensive)
Anna Calvi's eponymous album: iTunes £5.99; Qobuz €7.99 (about 5% more expensive)
The Stone Roses' eponymous album: iTunes £6.99; Qobuz €12.99 (about 46% more expensive)
In my opinion, 5% is easily worth it for lossless. 18% is borderline. 75% is grossly disproportionate. But then I thought, maybe I just have atypical taste? Or benefitted from checking out generally older albums? So I checked the current top 5. Per Radio 1 that is currently George Ezra, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T and Barbra Streisand. In all cases I picked the regular versions of albums rather than deluxe; for Qobuz I stuck with the CD-quality prices though often better-than-CD was available.
Combined iTunes price for all five: £40.95. Combined Qobuz price: €69.72 (about 33% more expensive).
Is 33% worth it for lossless? I think a lot of people would say so. But it's not better for less, it's better for a little more.
(aside: personally I'm a big fan of roughtrade.com)