Itunes or Cds, the smartest purchase?

Hi there, i was buying lots of cps before from amazon, lately i have been getting them from iTunes on apple lossless format, cause aim on graduate school and certainly don't want cds on the move, in a foreign country, either mp3 or compress formats either....
the dilemma appeared when i start questioning myself if what aim doing is the smartest thing to do, i also record some Cds after, on good music Cd no data.
they sound great to my ears.
Advice about this before i buy to many, back home i have several hundreds on storage.
thanks you always.
why pay full price for less data? buy the cd and make a copy with the compression u need.
I hate to break it to you, but you can't buy Apple Lossless content from the iTunes store yet. You're buying AAC files at 256 kbps, which are far from lossless. Hotmailjbc offers some good advice.
How come when you choose download formatt you can choose wav, apple lossless etc.
I am confused now.
I think you're confusing import format on iTunes with download format. Unless iTunes recently added uncompressed music, I'd stick to buying and ripping CDs. I think Rhino Records has uncompressed downloadable music on their site, but the catalog's not anywhere near iTunes'.

If iTunes gave the uncompressed option, I'm sure all the forums would be buzzing about it. I'd love to buy individual uncompressed tracks from them from albums that I didn't care for the entire album. Maybe some day.
I stick to CD's and putting them all on a big hard drive. Big brother can't control what I chose to do with my music after that, no licensing issues. I do end up putting my music on various pc's at home and work as well as in the car...
almost forgot: I also like cd's because my player in my stereo with DAC is far superior quality than that I'll get from an ipod and my pc is not connected to the system.
For all the reasons stated, CDs hands down. I also like having something tangible.

My teenaged kids, on the other hand, would never ever buy a CD. I don't think they've ever bought one and look at CDs the way I view 8 tracks.
..and soon enough our kids kids will look at their ways as old school, and so it goes.
According to the new audio Advisor catalog " Two years ago Apple began to offer "lossless" digital music files on its iTunes store"
They're wrong.
We all (for the most part) agree that CDs sound better than iTunes downloads. We also all (for the most part) want something physical to hold. Their in lies the rub...

The OP is overseas and it seems he doesn't want to amass a collection that he'll have to take with him when he comes back.

I don't know the laws where you are (nor where you are), so if what I'm suggesting is illegal, don't do it ;)

You could buy used CDs, rip them onto a hard drive, then sell them. If libraries have music, you could borrow them and rip them. If need be due to legal issues, delete the hard drive's contents when you get home, and buy the CDs when you're here.

Alternatively, if Spotify or a comparable service is available where you are, you could subscribe to that. Not full CD resolution, but there's minimal cost and no lugging around a huge collection involved.
I quit buying CDs about six months ago. I just don't have any place to store them any more. Every cabinet and shelf that I have is full of CDs. Well, I should qualify that. I do buy CDs, if what I want can't be found at a download site that offers downloads in lossless format. If I can download what I want, that's what I do.
What's more important, sound quality or convenience?

Do you shop on the interior of the grocery store where all of the packaged processed food is, or do you purchase from the outer rows, and purchase the fresh meats and produce?
I really don't think that the choice has much to do with sound quality, although convenience certainly may have at least something to do with it.

As far as quality goes, there are quite a few sites that sell high quality downloads that at least equal CD quality. I've had good results with the stuff that I've downloaded from places like HDTracks.