When I install free-included software, I know there’s likely a price to pay. Somewhere. Somehow. Everyone wants to get money for their efforts. I know to do Custom Installs, or to be very attentive during each Install Screen because there are often checkboxes to allow or accept nuisances, for-pay options, etc.
I pay attention to Auto-Updates (which is at least a new Scheduler installed on my computer FOR that vendor, and it’s also a Phone-Home mechanism too).
I don’t really blame this on nationalism or religion or politics - it’s just their desire to make money. When I want to avoid paying money, I usually end up paying SOMETHING - time to educate myself, time to be careful during installation, time spent exploring Options, Tools or Preferences. I accept that there’s a cost - in my time or my money or both.
Years ago, almost every CD and DVD burner included some freebie burning package. But when I go to Egghead now and look at the Details Of Contents on most of the burners, no free software is included. I think the hardware vendors (or distributors) are tired of paying a little to the Nero’s (Roxio’s, MySonic’s, Cyberlink, etc.) OR are unhappy hearing complaints like yours. Finally, most of them have stopped.
My lack of regard for Nero (and other vendors) is that their software updates have stripped away useful services. For example, in my highly favored Nero 6 Ultra (6.613), this includes a license for MP3 burning. IF I FOOLISHLY APPLY the update to 6.615, Nero had to strip that service out because they did not get a renewed license. So, 6.615 is a lesser product with fewer services than 6.613.
The re-installation of that service was only $12 or $15. Not a lot. But the EFFORT to do it was, in my opinion, far greater than than the dollar amount. There was an emtional outrage. “Hey - why don’t I just uninstall Nero 6 Ultra entirely, then re-install it up to 6.613’s updates?!! AND NO FURTHER!” That was the ultimate solution.
But so many companies - including Nero - have delivered far newer versions because Vista, Win7 and Win8 required programming changes. And then the vendors stripped away even more services. “Buy the upgrade! Do less! Get less! Pay more!!”
Win8 follows along, too - you have to pay for DVD playing using Microsoft’s precious Windows Media Player. Even Microsoft couldn’t (wouldn’t?) negotiate the Codecs necessary to play a DVD!
Fortunately, free products like VideoLan undermine this “Everyone pays!” notion. For now.