I have erased ALL my WMV and Windows Media files for just that reason .....
I haven't had 1 pop-up from my mpeg and mp3's
The RIAA will discover that people did buy CDs and used the online file-sharing to sample a wide variety of music, however, because they have gotten greedy, I will not BUY any more CDs, even if I have to STOP listening to music... There are people out there that BUY ALL THE CDs, then use mega-machines to pirate millions of copies for commercial purposes...the RIAA should target them, not casual music lovers that share files among other casual users....WE ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WHAT THEY ARE, AND WE CAN JUST AS EASILY ORGANIZE AND CUT OUT THE MIDDLE-MEN(spelled "music executives"), and CONTRACT DIRECTLY WITH THE MUSICIANS that have been plaqued by predatory music execs for too long!
I have a theory that those huge pirate commercial MEGA-MACHINEs are not targeted BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE MUSIC EXECS RIPPING OFF THE ARTISTS! If they reproduce the discs under the radar, they don't have to pay royalties to their artists.
JUST GO DOWNTOWN OF ANY LARGE CITY AND YOU CAN FIND KNOCK-OFFS BEING SOLD FOR PROFIT....These are not your un- or underemployed students using Kazaa lite to share music with each other.