I've been a sound engineer working in film, TV and spoken word for nearly 25 years now and so it is fair to say that I am quite picky about sound quality as I've been trained to hear things that the average person may not and to make sure that sound is reproduced in the best way possible. Whilst MP3 may offer huge convenience in terms of portability, even relatively high bitrates still sound noticeably inferior to my ears. This is why I decided to rip my entire CD collection into iTunes using Apples lossless codec ALAC. However as I have a long commute everyday to work there then is the question of what do you listen to music on and what headphones/earphones to use?
Whilst I used to have an iPod the limitation of only being able to use to to listen to music means that I have now replaced this with an iPad and an iPhone. Perhaps not ideal platforms but a compromise is necessary if not to be weighed down by multiple devices. But what headphones to use?