Without a physical product - re-download is the only way to ensure a purchased product lifespan beyond the next Weekly Windows Blue Screen Of Death / Restore to Previous Recovery Point / Check Disk Error / Disk Crash / etc ad infinitum.
When CD's were launched they were marketed as "indestructible".
Perhpaps, 1-time download mp3's should be marketed as "Irrecoverable" ;)
Play.com already offer this - My account - re-download purchased tracks.
(That's right - you've purchased them, go ahead and put them back on your computer, it's not your fault you don't have a degree in IT and your Hard-disk-thingy crashed)
(Don't quote a backup strategy - I never had to duplicate my CD collection and joe-public thinks Carbonite is the next element after Cryptonite! And Mozy is a type of walk)
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