I'm fed up with the whole situation. I currently buy no music whatsoever. I did use allofmp3.com for a while, but gave up when that started looking dicey. It was nothing to do with cost - it was the freedom of choice of format and bitrate, lack of DRM, and their friendly, easy-to-navigate site. I haven't found anything else comparable.
The last CD I bought cam from the USA ... it was manufactured in the UK ... and yet it was still cheaper to buy from the USA than the UK, including carriage (twice over the Atlantic). Ridiculous ... Does anyone in the industry have any clue what they are doing?
On the DRM thing, I agree - it's ludicrous to alienate the honest, paying customers, ie. the only ones who get hit by DRM. It's the same with DVDs / VCDs - only the honest customer has to sit through all the piracy crap with no option to skip.