Originally Posted by solipsism
Then convert your lossy files to lossless.
That would be like taking a blurry 2 meg photo and upsampling it to 120 MP. It would do nothing except make an excellent copy of a bad original.
Look - the labels screwed themselves by releasing the moral equivalent of their master tapes. In a format that can be copied perfectly and nearly effortlessly. The CD.
The genie is out of the bottle. No amount of lossy releases will put it back.
Before the CD, no perfect copies could be made of the master tapes. Now it is trivially easy to make multiple copies of the label's gold standard recording. They got nothing left, nothing exclusive, once a digital recording gets issued on disk or a lossless recording is downloaded.
They cannot put the genie back into the bottle. Inconvenient lossy cassette copies of vinyl were OK - perfect copies of the product, unlimited in number, and identical to the original - that is not OK.