Now, using compressed mp3s and your $3 earbud headphones as your one and only listening environment, that's just sad. It's like saying you admire art, but only looking at paintings in black and white newsprint reproductions.
True, but saying that, listening to material encoded at 320 kbps played on a good mp3 player and a good set of earphones is a pretty good listening
experience nonetheless. When I was looking at mp3 players a few years ago, iPods were generally not recommended from a sound quality point of view.
Interestingly, lots of electronica net-labels are releasing albums at 320 kbps mp3s these days, it seems to be becoming some kind of 'standard' for
good-enough audio quality.