I just recently set up a .mac account and was able to try out the Music Store downloads. 1st off, i think it's awesome how an iTunes Prepaid card can gain you access into a .mac account and already gain access to the free downloads they offer every week. Pretty cool way to sample a full track of music you haven't heard before. Plus, I intended to use my card for those absolutely close-to-impossible-to-find tracks that will never pop up in music one/tower/odyssey. I've majorly cut-down on my illegal downloading from before (piracy is getting pretty bad already), which makes this Music Store free download a nice "nicotine patch", so to speak. ONE THING THOUGH, I noticed when I downloaded the free track this week, and the file was a "protected AAC file." Are these a hassle to work with or not? I remember reading early in the registration process that iTunes tracks can only be burnt on up to 7 discs. How strict is this? Seriously, I'm no pirate, so I'm not planning to sell this music on the black market or do anything to steal from the artists. The thing is, if I wanna let a friend hear a track, is it just limited to letting her/him hear it? Or can i USB it to her, and more friends... I'm curious, 'coz say I wanna burn discs for more than 7 friends for Christmas...what then? WIll the protected AAC clunk on me, too? Will it be unplayable if I "breach" the playing rights, or whatever you call them? Pros and cons please from anyone familiar with Music Store. Thanks!