I take the points many have made that the physical "in-hand" experience is great. But I find it a bit ephemeral.
I want the music in my digital collection. Not on some CD headed for the garage after I have to do the work adding it.
As for the liner notes, well, there are many ways to deliver that kind of content digitally, and as part of a pay model.
Bottom line: as for myself, I would have paid the money for the music and a pay-walled download of the notes, just as I did for what, in my house at least, will soon be part of a dusty corner.
But it interesting to hear the comments about how the value is lessened if it were download only. Note to Apple.