Poll: Your instant messaging client of choice

We've put up a new poll, and in it we're quizzing you about your instant messaging client of choice. There are two schools of thought on this: some prefer protocol-specific clients like AOL Instant Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, while others—usually those with contacts spanning different protocols—prefer multi-protocol clients like Trillian or Pidgin (previously known as Gaim.) And within the realm of multi-protocol clients, some users may prefer more barebones applications like Miranda or all-out, feature-rich shareware like Trillian. So what about you, which instant messaging client do you prefer? Feel free to head over to our poll and vote to let us know!

Last week, we asked you if a lack of digital rights management protection would act as an incentive to make you purchase more music online. Unsurprisingly, the poll results are heavily polarized toward the "yes" option. Nearly two thirds of voters, or 64%, say they would be more inclined to buy music without DRM, and another 18% say they might. That leaves 18% of voters who are apparently not bothered by DRM—presumably either because they already buy protected music, or because they wouldn't purchase music online anyway.

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