having been on holiday with friends and family for the last couple of weeks, i've noticed that mp3's are king. everyone I know has some kind of ipod and mp3's everywhere. CD's? well they are just used as a temporary medium to transfer from pod to pod. There base station is a computer that they've ripped all their cd's to and then pack up the old plastic things and shove them in the attic. now there ipod is the main source of music. in the car, the home, with headphones. i've never seen so many people listening to music like this since i was a little kid. It's pretty great actually. as far as quality, sure I can hear the difference on my main system but on a typical best buy system, sounds good to me. But the convience far out weighs any quality issues. It's like music is new again. I've taken to audio books myself and I have about 20 on my ipod encoded in aac from the original cd's. still sounds good, at least the convience of it is much better than lugging on those books around. I'm wondering if anybody else is noticing a HUGE boom in music enjoyment as a result of the MP3 craze.