Perhaps it is part of the Pass Plus course?
You mean the same methanol that was in the normal beer to begin with?
But in far lower concentrations. i.e. 1 pint of normal beer would contain far less methanol than 1 pint of distilled beer.
The "DRM" everyone goes on about is simply *support* to allow play DRM'd media that you couldn't otherwise. It doesn't add any additional locks.
Do P2P apps work properly? Yes.
Are there unexplained phone-homes? Probably for WGA, but that's true with XP too.
Can I still play out-of-region CDs? Yes.
Do I have to fight UAC like someone with Vista? Less so, though this has nothing to do with DRM and more to do with protecting your machine.
Can I copy any standard file type on to any standard media? Yes.
Presumable Daemon tools can be reinstalled and is just removed because the extra drives it installs have drivers that don't work with the upgrade process. It seems this is the norm with most other non-standard drivers for the vista-> 7 upgrade process
Use of the phone clients (iPhone, Android and soon to be Symbian)
Also while the P2P feature exists it isn't actually enabled yet (according to wikipedia) but I can imagine if/when it is, subscribers will be able to opt out of the service.
Obviously, if you don't think it's worth it, you don't have to subscribe, but to many people it is. And I presume as it grows in popularity the music collection on there will expand to provide some of those "mega bands" you mention. (Though quite why anyone would listen to Metallica is beyond me. Yawn.)
Personally I'd pay for this just for the ability to listen instantly on my phone and discover new artists as they are suggested to me while I'm out and about instead of having to pay for a track I find I don't like or go the illegal route and hunt around for a download and then wait for it to complete.
Its sort of like a lot of drugs - its not illegal to take 'em, but its illegal to buy, sell, possess, or be under their influence. With DVDs, its legal to make a copy for backup, but its illegal to create a means of making that backup.
Doesn't taking them mean you both both possess them and are under their influence?