A new website to help check prices of CD's & MP3 across the web. click here I've always bought the album and ripped them myself when I've wanted music for on the move. It seems that I haven't spent too much more doing this rather than downloading, and I get the quality that I want.
I buy the CD's so that I can listen to the whole of it as the artist intended. Often I find that tracks I may dismiss on first hearing seem to get better and better on each succesive hearing. I may make up playlists for use on a portable player but at home I always listen from track 1 to the end. Perhaps its a habit from my vinyl playing where skipping tracks is not really an option if you value your records.
I do the same I can't quite get into the habit of jumping about and missing out tracks, as you say probably a throwback to the days of vinyl. I also find that the tracks that don't instantly grab you grow on you with the listening and often end up your favourites.