Echoes in the Attic wrote:As a plugout owner I don’t want “something special”, I just want the updated and fixed version of the damn plugin I own (which they provide on the cloud) so that it isn’t full of problems.
THEY don't provide ANYTHING in the cloud. As has been said and written several times, Roland Cloud is ANOTHER company, a joint venture, of which Roland is just a part. Roland is NOT Roland Cloud, and I am convinced that Roland Cloud has no legal obligations towards Roland customers, which bought their products from ANOTHER company.
It's the same as if another companhy had bought the asets from Roland and released new versions of the software. Legally, they don't have to offer any kind of special prices to previous owners. That doesn't mean they don't do that.
So, I agree that customers who bought the old products should have some kind of compensation since the new products are clearly based on the old "plug-outs". But maybe that's something that the new company has to establish some kind of agreement with Roland itself on, before.
But it's not like Virtual Sonics went out and bought out the Roland assets and took over the properties ,it's a partnership between both companies. These are still Roland branded products (it's "Roland Cloud" not "Virtual Sonics Cloud"), and Roland IP. Virtual Sonics seems to be acting as a vendor here by offering plugin development (they probably developed the original plugin implementation of the Plug-Outs if I had to guess) and the Cloud service.
There's two big issues at play with the current implementation of the Cloud Service: 1) hardware owners are being asked to pay for Plug-Outs/The Cloud, and 2) older Roland Content Store plugins have been abandonned and replaced with the Cloud versions without any path to upgrade. I imagine Roland could fix both issues and come up with some kind of solution, but as of yet has been unwilling to.
For both groups, the solutions are obvious. If you own tthe hardware, Roland could have the hardware act as a dongle for the Plug-Outs. As long as you have the hardware connected to the VST Plug-Out (via the already existing Ctrl functions), then the Plug-Outs for that hardware synth could be coded to be treated as "perpetually authorized." If the hardware isn't attached to the PC, then an active Cloud subscription or perpetual plugin license (which you can only get now via 12 months of the Cloud) is required. Then, if you own the Content Store versions of any Plug-Out, Roland should either offer 1) a free upgrade to a perpetual license of the Cloud version, or 2) a reasonably priced upgrade cost (say $19-29).
None of this seems like rocket science to me, and this would 1) earn Roland some much needed goodwill, and 2) encourage the sale of Roland hardware. I have little hope though...