It was easier buying CDs. Pay and play. But with DRM I could be the one getting ripped off. I read the comments on WOT. Some sounded like shills for RIAA. Some critics sounded reasonable. Hard to say. But a lot of the comments were of the "used them for years, no problem" variety.
I felt much better about buying online from CDNOW in the old days.
Edit: speaking of ripoffs, I've been pricing some Cassandra Wilson albums. The prices are higher now for some of them than when I bought them over 20 years ago. $24 for a 24 year old CD? Give me a break! And I didn't check the shipping charges.