Originally Posted by cube_cat
This is why I'm a mp3 purist. I absolutely will not purchase an iPod because of Apple's closed platform.
That's somewhat true if you buy from the iTunes music store (AAC and FairPlay DRM). But the iPod itself supports lots of formats, including uncompressed (CD quality) WAV and AIFF. Also supports: MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), and Apple Lossless.
Also, the ITMS purchases can (and should) be burned to a CD. Once you do that, there is *no* protection on the CD itself.