So after burning all my CD's to FLAC and doing a massive amount of research into different OS's and whatnot I am not sure I want to keep going with FLAC as a format, mostly due to overall cost (purchasing the physical media sometimes an entire CD for just one song). Don't get me wrong I plan to keep all my files in FLAC when possible (if I actually buy the CD), but its just too darn easy to download MP3's off the web (and if they keep upping the bitrate it will only get better).
So in thinking about the average cost of a song .99 in either Itunes (which I dont use) or Amazon (which I do) I came across a different option: Zune Pass.
Now before you all tell me Zune's are dead, down with Windows, Bill Gates is the devil, yada, yada, yada I have a Zune HD, and a Xbox 360. So from the get-go it keeps me from buying anything new. For 14.99 a month (or 150 for the year) Zune Pass give's me access to their entire library, lets me stream and sync it to my Zune, Xbox 360, ect and lets me keep 10 songs a month even if I cancel my membership.
I can connect 3 computers (I have a laptop and desktop) and 3 Zunes + my 360 and stream new music on all of them. Now the files are DRM protected (even the 10 ones I keep a month) so I dont know if you can burn them onto a CD or not (which is one downside). The other is any music I havent bought (using my 10 purchases a month) becomes unplayable after I cancel my membership. So basically for a little bit more than the cost of an entire MP3 CD off Amazon a month I can have access to a much broader list of artists and slowly over time buy the songs I want.
I honestly think I might just go with this route and deal with lossy MP3's since it give's me a massive amount of data to access, allows me to use my exisiting gear and not have to buy anything, and will work with any Windows 7 phone (which is what I might be upgrading to).. I also dont mind the Zune software myself (although I must say I have enjoyed Media Monkey very very much).
Wondering what other software/services folks use and their experiences with it. Also anyone who has used or is using the Zune pass please comment.