While audiophiles who demand high-resolution formats are a tiny fraction of all Apple customers, they’re probably a much bigger portion of those who buy a lot of music.

Apple may offer higher-than-16/44 and/or lossless music downloads at some point, but it would be neither a scam nor an indicator that they believe in audiophile pseudoscience — it would simply be a response to strong demand from a very profitable market. And as long as Apple’s not serving their demands, they risk losing them to competing ecosystems.Marco Arment

In graduate school I had a friend who insisted, while spending large sums of money, that he could hear the difference between copper speakers wires insulated with rubber and ones insulated with air. Maybe he could or maybe he just thought he could.