I've finally done it. For the first time ever, I've purchased an original music creation software all by myself.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a software pirate. :)
I've owned music creation software before. But those are either lite editions, packaged in a bundle with other things (like a hardware MIDI interface); or educational versions that somebody passed to me. I've also owned (and still own) Sibelius, which was an educational version jointly acquired (and co-owned) between 5 people from church. Church use is considered to fall under acedemic licensing.
In the end it was about 84 Euros after tax, and I ended up paying about £73 after tax.
Of course with the software I can do more music, and have posting access to the forums on the Image-Online website.