Gamma-UT wrote:Why are you leaving out the cost of the continuing per-year support plan? And the cost of reinstatement if you don't renew within 30 days of expiry?
OK, fair enough, buying perpetual = one year of support. So costs over 3 years for vanilla:
£500 inc one year support +
2x £80 support pa
3x £250 pa
And obviously ongoing, the annual costs are £80 vs £250, so it gets progressively worse and worse value. Of course if you only ever intend to use Pro Tools for two years or less, or you only use it very occasionally so can just buy monthly subs as you need, or you are cash strapped right now but won't be in three years time, the subscription model makes more sense. (caveat - PT Ultimate can only be rented per year, not per month). All fairly standard stuff for subs vs permanent licenses - see also house rental vs purchase or indeed pretty much anything else you rent rather than buy if you need to use it ongoing. And kinda the core reason why a lot of people aren't so keen on the rental model for software.
We are waaaay off topic here, but to summarise how we got here in the first place....
1. Native Access does not allow offline licensing / installation. Suggestion made that all pro audio software is going to subscription only, so offline rigs are dinosaurs. Subscription is "progress" and "the future".
2. Pointed out that, in fact, there are only two known audio products who in the past 5 years have become subscription only - Adobe Audition, and Roland Cloud.
3. Point made that in fact Pro Tools should also be considered as subs-only as permanent licenses are priced punitively.
4. Pointed out that over 3 years Pro Tools vanilla perpetual is cheaper than subscription (even including support), getting more so with each passing year.
= in no way can Pro Tools be considered subscription only, and such a notion is merely a wildly fanciful debating line.
Anyway, great fun though that all undoubtedly was, very happy at this point to end this increasingly tangential tangent and get us back onto Native Access.