I want to shed my CD buying habit (lack of storage, minimizing disposable plastic etc.) but I don't want to sacrifice audio quality, so 16/44.1 FLAC downloads are the no-brainer solution. However, an album as FLAC is generally priced more expensively (7Digital etc., $12-$16 or more) than a CD (on Amazon etc., usually $10 or less). Why is this? An album in FLAC format requires none of the expensive physical and logistical resources that CDs require, so why on earth would a new album be more expensive as a FLAC than as a CD, especially when both have the exact same audio quality? It's actually cheaper for me to buy the CD (free Prime shipping), rip as FLAC, and throw the CD away (or sell)- but that's really untenable.