i had a touch of trouble re-installing the linux emusic client for searching and downloading tracks so i submitted a support ticket via their site. a couple hours later and i've already had multiple responses (on a sunday!) and have realized there are several options for downloading the DRM-less tracks. (turns out i can just use a normal web browser.)
i've taken itunes gift cards off my amazon wish list. if someone could sell me a single CD-RW, i'd appreciate it.