1) This btching and moaning about DRM is foolish. Especially by this group! You all knew the files had DRm and know there are other means that are cheaper to get the same music (and at hgher bit rates. If you don't like what is offered then you shouldn't do business with them.
2) DRM Dumpster
is an iTunes plugin that will LEAGALLY convert your Protected ACC files to whatever format you desire. It burns your iTunes Store purchassed files to a CD-RW and then back again. Since it uses a re-writable CD it will repeat this process until your entire library is transfered.
3) I suspect iTunes will bump their songs to 192kbps in 2007. Though, I'd prefer they went to (Protected) Apple Lossless based on CD quality, with an option in iTunes to convert on the fly to Protected AAC, of various rit rates, to allow more storge of remote devices.
4) If eMusic averages about 25 cents per song and Apple is 99 cents per song how much money is Apple paying out to the music industry?
5) Why doesn't Apple offer higher resolution album covers, as well as every page of the album insert? It's such a simple and cheap value added service. On this note, they should add purchase optional subtitles for the hearing impaired; or a way to embed this info their files that can be turned on/off if needed.
6) I've heard that overall AAC is better compression than LAME's mp3 compression. Is this true? If so, how much better? How much do the previous answers vary change if the kbps increase/decrease dramatically.