Yep -- I am going to order an actual CD. Back in 2006, I traded every single one of my CDs to this used CD store for an iPod. Of course, before I sent in all of my CDs, all 600 of 'em, I ripped them onto my hard drive (and even backed that music up on a portable hard drive because I am that paranoid of losing the music). And the scheme worked, for I now have a great iPod, all of my music and then some, and don't have to house a massive CD collection.
But, sometimes getting music from iTunes isn't the best way to go. I have heard some sample tracks off of Chuck Ragan's live CD "Los Feliz" and some tunes from his upcoming release, "Feast or Famine," and I want to help him out. I know when I buy music from a small, indie label that the actual artist benefits from the sale. I feel a bit of guilt when I get the music elsewhere. This brings me back to actually buying a CD, the way I used to when I was in high school, via mailorder. I can preorder the CD, out in August, and get a free T-shirt with it AND enjoy the anticipation of getting the disc in the mail. This was the only way I used to get music from great mailorder collectives like Blacklist Mailorder.
But I think I will ultimately go both ways here: get "Los Feliz" off of iTunes and preorder his new disc and wait, patiently, for it to come in the mail.