In the last couple of years we have seen many open source projects that succeeded maybe even better than some commercial software. Now, I think it makes no sense to pay for any media player, most of the file transferring software and on top of all, for any kind of web development and programming tools. Still, that's just a short list, I am sure you can find free alternatives for any kind of commercial products. What I don't understand is, why some people continue buying commercial products when you can have better products for free? Here I will show a short list of some alternatives: 1. Microsoft Office - From $119.99 to $349.99 Alternative: OpenOffice or LibreOffice (Both free, only LibreOffice is open source) 2. Antiviruses Alternative: ClaimWin (My favorite, but there are many other good ones) 3. Paid Media Players Alternative: VLC Media Player There are many other products, you just have to search for what you need, I am sure you can find a good alternative.