I think the OP has a fair point and was just saying Microsoft should put the codecs back; the original justification for dropping the codecs doesn't jive with the price increase. You seem to be the one turning this discussion negative by adding this tone. And that's without added to that the over-the-top Microsoft protectionism you're adding to the discussion.
It's funny how on all of these threads where it looks like Microsoft might have screwed up you defend them with your last breath. What's the deal? Maybe I'm reading you wrong but it seems like everyone else is an idiot except you and Microsoft -- oh and maybe kettch.