This is one of those things where I suspect that the true nature of the client relationship causes confusion and frustration.
Namely: software users & iLok purchasers (i.e., everyone on this thread) are not Pace's customers. Pace's customers are the companies that implement their technology to protect their software from piracy.
Pace doesn't give a damn what any of you want or need, because their business does not depend on your satisfaction. You could argue that indirectly your support of ilok-protected products is necessary for them to survive, but that actually comes down to the Kush's and Soundtoys of the world; as long as we make products people want and as long as do what it takes to make sure our customers are happy, Pace doesn't care what you think of them.
Conversely, as long as Pace's scheme remains robust and actually delivers on its promises, it's in my best interests to continue using Pace. Even though I'm losing some sales because some folks don't/won't/can't do the iLok thing, the only other option is losing shitloads of revenue to piracy. If I can find a price-to-sales ratio whose sweet spot tilts that balance in the opposite direction I'll jump on it, I'm not a purist. But for now, Pace is the 800-lb. gorilla and I am a lowly banana vendor.
Gregory Scott - ubk