I think most of us are just bemoaning the thought that a great opportunity was lost (SACD)for a great music delivery system that all current releases could have been offered on. I would not have cared that I could not put it in my computer for playback, even though the idea of a second SACD playback drive for 2 channel would have been nice.
I'm not sure what drove Sony to the decisions they made, especially after all the expensive RD they had to go through. We may never understand fully the marketing logic of it all. Sony often has us all scratching our heads. It is clear that the "think-tanks" at Sony and Marantz/Philips are on different wave lengths.
What we do have is 2496 and 24192 for others to take to the next level of music delivery. I just fear that the pricing will keep it out of the mainstream, but if the suppliers can live within their revenue streams there is little for the rest of us to to but either buy or stop complaining.
I know that my future does not inlude spending $25 - $40 on high def music even if HD video is included. If I didn't have a family to consider, I might, but then I still doubt it. Music at $3 to $6 a song does not work for me.
I still think the future is bright as I know some will offer 2496 at reasonable prices for physical media. I can just sense it.