Last week I went down to the local Guitar Center and spent 4 hours agonizing over which DAW to purchase. I previewed Cubase SX3, Logic Pro and ProTools LE. They didn't have M-Powered loaded into any of their demo DAW's I actually liked the features, the interface and ease of use of CubaseSX3 the best, but GC had ProTools M-Powered 6.8 on sale for $249.00 with a free Digi online upgrade to version 7 or $15.00 for the CD once you register. I figured what the heck, for $249.00 I'll give ProTools a shot to see what it's all about. I'm also poor! So Cubase SX3 for $599.00 would have to wait. The sales staff there has always treated me well, so the next part of this story is no reflection on them personally. Yesterday morning, I finally had a chance to install the software and plugins on my G5. I warmed up watching the M-1 training DVD which I had also purchased due to my fear of the learning curve. The installation was done and I restarted as required and had the iLok key in my front USB port, figuring the next step would be registration and purchase of the version 7 upgrade CD. Just imagine how I felt when I launched the application and received an error message that said THIS SOFTWARE HAS ALREADY BEEN REGISTERED TO ANOTHER USER. To make matters worse, Safari immediately connected to the Pace Anti-Piracy web server OVERRIDING BOTH OF MY FIREWALLS! It's bad enough that this USED software was in circulation, but what really had me fuming with anger was the absolute abuse of my personal security forcing a web connection with no permission or warning. I legally purchased this damn software and hated myself for supporting Digidesign's proprietary snobbery AND absolutely find the use of Pace iLok insulting to any musician. For all intents and purposes, both Digidesign and Pace Anti-Piracy are essentially viewing musicians, composers and audio professionals as thieves and scum and I find it absolutely distasteful. For them to override my security settings to report me as a thief when I purchased the software legally, goes beyond copy protection to outright abuse of my privacy. So now Pace Anti-Piracy probably has my IP address flagged as a thief and I feel violated doing any business with them or ANY development partner that uses these extreme measures against the music industry. This experience justifies a boycott of all Pace iLok protected products. Guitar Center will gladly exchange or replace the software I purchased or refund my money. Apparently someone used the software and it was accidentally returned to stock. Digidesign and Pace can kiss my A$$!