Does anyone else run in the opposite direction when they see software instruments or effects protected by iLok? I know I'm doing without some great software by avoiding it (including the Waves line), but it just annoys the crap out of me that: A) I have to buy a separate dongle for fifty bucks. The way I look at it, the software manufacturer should be giving away this dongle for free, since the copy protection benefits THEM and not me. B) That we have to use a dongle at all. I've used dongles in the past and I hate them. Especially if I'm on a laptop. Forget to put your dongle in, leave it at home, or whatever and you're screwed. Plus you're losing much needed USB port (and I need them all). And I'm not a big fan of hubs. C) The dongle doesn't protect anything. There are ways to get cracked versions of all of this software -- which, for ethical reasons I refuse to do -- but the point is, how is the iLok protection actually PROTECTING anything? I'm only complaining about this because I just came back from a website that had some very nice looking plugs that I was considering purchasing, then I saw the "needs an iLok" dongle announcement, "a separate $49.95 purchase" and just got pissed off. If I'm going to be spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to get your software, it seems to me it should be convenient to ME, not you. Rant over. I guess I'll just go without.