I have a bunch of old CDs from 1990 and 2000 that I want to rip as MP3s to my computer. I am not an audio buff, so perhaps this question is a bit irrelevant to my personal quality preferences, but has the production quality of music vastly improved over the past few decades where CDs are concerned? In other words, would I get the same audio quality if I ripped an CD produced in the 90's at 320 kbps as an MP3 I purchase off some online music store at the same bitrate? Yes, I know it depends on the source medium used by the online store, so I am only assuming that they use a high-quality source.
And, no, by "old CD", I do not mean scratched or scuffed. I am merely talking about whether or not standards of production quality have improved enough to warrant purchasing the same music today as opposed to ripping older CDs.