I have to say that I would much prefer to have a CD made up for my releases, but practicalities are dictating otherwise.
Perhaps I am in a similar situation to yourself, I've got albums I want to finish and release this year, but I don't think I can justify getting a
run of CDs made. It makes me a bit sad but its the way things are going. So the releases I'm planning for this year will probably be digital
releases. I use the term 'digital releases' to differentiate from the term 'downloads' because I prefer the sound of it
I'm thinking of having an option for people to buy a DVD of the WAV files / Flac files if they are after the best sound quality.
On a positive side, there isn't the constraint of a 74 minute release with a digital release. The albums that I'm planning on releasing are both
significantly longer than 74 minutes, this was a factor in my choice of how to release them.
I agree that download prices are too expensive, but it's mostly out of the hands of the artist.
There's quite a buzz in the Hi Fi community around people using the computer as the primary sound source as opposed to a CD player and using a high quality USB/SPDIF DAC to connect to the amp and speakers. People are listening to music in a different manner at home as well as out and about.
I still play CDs and have kept a 'master' copy CD of all my releases, as it's quite important to me to 'document' the album and its artwork. In the
future, who knows...