Here's all i want to do: be able to use audiobooks from my library that come in DRM'd WMA format, i.e. download them, then transfer to iPod. My library has more WMA format than MP3 ones, and not a whole lot of either, so far. Here's the problem: The library uses Overdrive for its audio loans. Overdrive does not yet allow downloading WMA format to Macs. Overdrive does say that if I use Windows for download, then I can transfer the downloaded files via iTunes-Windows to some Windows-formatted iPod for listening. Just as I now successfully transfer my Overdrive Mac downloads (of MP3 format library audiobooks) through itunes-Mac to an iPod touch. I can reformat and dedicate an older iPod to iTunes-windows use, probably a 2nd gen nano. So. if getting those DRM'd WMA loans downloaded from Overdrive (then running iTunes-Windows with a limited purpose) was all that you wanted to use Windows for, which way would you go for getting a Windows environment set up for those downloads? 1. I could buy a Parallels, and a Windows 7 home premium. There's a learning curve to get it up and working on my Mac, plus i'd have to mess with my Time Machine settings to not back up the extra partition(s), etc., etc. Worth it just to get stupid Overdrive to download some WMAs? I'm not at all sure. Or... 2. A cheap netbook is almost as cheap as the cost of that software plus it would be completely isolated from my other computing which is FINE with me. I'd just do the OS and AV patches and run Overdrive and iTunes-Windows. Pretty light use! Is it crazy to think about getting a cheap windows-based machine, versus introducing Windows operations as an option on one of my Macs? I admit that I know nothing of the little netbooks or their quality issues. And what is Windows 7 "starter" system that seems to come on some of the netbooks -- would that be enough of a system to do my library loans and transfer to iPod? I just can't figure out which way to go on this. And of course it kind of gnaws at me that a couple hundred bucks would BUY quite a few months of my Audible subscription, which is how I otherwise get audiobooks. But since I can already use the library's MP3 offerings, I thought to try to be able to use their WMA-format loaners as well. The library will have more offerings of both formats as time goes on, but Overdrive does not promise a drm'd WMA Mac download option anytime soon.