I was hoping this thread was gonna help me justify buying a Nexus 2 bundle. So far... no luck. Like others, I'm a mid-20's degree having guy working a non-music related job. I have the money to buy vsts and stuff, but when priotizing against a car note, student loan debts, social life budget (which doesn't require much)--new sounds fall low on the totem pole. Compared to others and their hobbies, golfers buy expensive clubs all the time. They buy them just because they feel it might improve their game, or give them an advantage over their buddies. They make no money back from this, unless they're making bets. Gun enthusiasts will spend $$$ to get their hands on a new assault rifle just to shoot at watermelons and shit. Well, that's what I've seen on youtube. I have a coworker that has boxes and boxes from Amazon containing new blu-rays every single week. People spend money on what brings them happiness, and entertainment.
In my head, I feel like if I buy Nexus 2, and enjoy making beats with it, land on a couple mixtapes (without profit) then it's money well spent. $500 is a lot of damn money, though. I've got Jordans to buy.