Frankly,I think you're full of crap. Many, many, many people had perfectly legal music collections of that size at that time. I was in college from 1996-2000. When I graduated, I had a little over 100 CDs, and that was probably about average (or maybe slightly below average) compared to my classmates.There would have been a very ready market for iPods even without piracy (although I'm sure piracy helped out). Born out of piracy, though, I think is an exaggeration.