I broke a dongle, and got a new activation code after sending it in. But, a new empty elicencer dongle goes for around $30, which basically adds $30 to the price of Cubase Studio 5, and is also far more expensive than even 4gb usb thumb drives which you can use for a lot more, including speed up your computer, store all kinds of files on and more. The elicencer can store one type of file. Even a brandname 4gb usb flash drive is far cheaper.
My question is, is there anyway to get around that, the price? I assume it’s not possible to use a regular usb flash drive to download the activation code to, right, as the elicencer dongle has some special chip in it that regular usb dongles don’t?
But I’m holding off, because $30 for an empty dongle somewhat irks me. It’s about equal the coupon value that motivated me to grab the software at that time. I’m not going to go all into the pros cons of dongle software, but I do agree with the view that you pay for the rights to use a software, and shouldn’t be punished for others dishonesty. Ideally a new license dongle would cost a few bucks. Also, not to extend this post, but it also takes time to get the new license code sent. That could be valuable time, what if you’re mid important project and break your dongle. Anyway, ignore this last paragraph, since the question is contained in the first two.
So, cheap license dongle alternatives do they exist? Meaning around $10 or less? Thanks for any advice.