I don't know if anyone is still interested in free web-based email accounts any longer, but I just activated my 2GB aim.com account, as offered through AOL instant messenger.
The interface is not as nice as Gmail in my opinion. Still, it looks like something that can have a place. I'm hoping that mail notification is built in to AIM so that I don't have to run another helper application.
It's really strange, because I get much better service from AOL now with their free items than I ever did when I was an AOL subscriber.
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
Acid is pretty cool. Have you tried Fruity Loops? You might like it. I think there is a demo you can download. Garage band is pretty nifty but you need a mac. For your MP3 stuff, I'd recommend Audacity and CDEX, both available from Sourceforge.net.