I don't mind you getting off-topic, but I do mind your post.
That's the description for the reason I don't like it:
Ummm....let me get this straight. You don't want to use WMA because it is "Micro$oft",
It's a proprietary format (of Microsoft). This means that it is bound to windows as MS doesn't write players for Mac and other people can only guess how to read (much less write) the format.
If the format was proprietary of similar companies I wouldn't like it either - but there are no companies that similar to MS.
I don't like MP3 very much either, but at least there's an open specification that explains how to read the format.
I expect to be earning my money with programming once I'm done studying - I want to learn as many languages as possible, even if they are MS languages.
yet you are using their .NET platform,
For my own purposes, I use C++ and Java.
I do like to game and I need it for learning windows programming. My laptop uses Debian GNU/Linux.
their Windows operating system,
Visual Studio is the best app MS ever wrote (although overpriced).
their Developer IDE,
Not when I can avoid it ( = when I test my pages in IE, when I really need info from a poorly written page, when I don't have any other like here at work)
probably their Internet Browser,
MS Office at work (again because I don't have anything else), for other purposes AbiWord on my Linux laptop.
I'm not, and there's none.
Now for the obligatory _DOWN_WITH_MICRO$OFT_ that accompanies most 1337 h4x0r5' posts.
For me it means that I'm ranting. But whatever floats you boat.
Did you notice my money sign for the 'S' in Microsoft? That means I'm cool.
Hell, why am I even defending myself against you?