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If you want to support proprietary file formats, mp3, etc then your best bet is just to buy Microsoft Windows.
Linux is not for people who just want to be consumers of closed content. Linux is by, and for, people who want freedom from the closed, proprietary world.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of confused people, some of whom are on some kind of crusade against Microsoft, some of whom just don't want to pay for anything. To the first group: I dislike Microsoft as much as you do, but Linux is not part of any crusade. To the second group: Linux does not need you, in fact nobody needs you. I don't pay money to Microsoft, but I pay a great deal more to the community in terms of my time (I'm a developer for the GNU environment). Linux is not for freeloaders.
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