The consensus so far seems to be for CD and I understand the arguments.
However, for me what would be great is if there was some way I could
purchase individual tracks on-line. Given the fact that I am a relative
newcomer to the game, building up a collection of CDs is a daunting prospect
and finding out which bands give sounds I like an expensive exercise. Also
many of the tracks on CDs are for dances I have never heard of, let alone
want to dance. So if I were able to download tracks featuring dances for
which I do not yet have music it would in addition serve the purpose of
getting to know the band and deciding whether to buy the full CD (and others
from the same band). Who knows, Hood, Wink and Swagger may yet oust Marian
Anderson from my current top spot of favourites. But to get to hear H,W&S
is too onerous (post to SA is not that reliable) and expensive for me so I
live in glorious ignorance of the delights awaiting me through H,W&S.
A final comment about the medium - any CD I buy gets immediately put on to
my computer and then gathers dust. I think the market is moving towards
electronic media, at least as being a viable alternative, if not ousting
CDs. I look forward to the day when I can download a track and with it
comes a full description of the dance, why the tunes were chosen, some
personal reflections of the artists, a video of the band performing it and
people dancing the dance so I can make sure that the 3rd couple does indeed
loop back to place rather than pull back left shoulder! I would be prepared
to pay significantly more than just 1/12 of the price of a CD for that
package. So be one of our pioneers.