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Live 8 Upgrade Pricing Curiosity [Jan. 17th, 2009|12:34 pm]
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Those of you who are into the techno disco music are probably interested in the new Ableton Live 8. The new features look worthwhile, and the upgrade is nearly irresitable, particular with the promise of the Max integration, which is a brilliant idea. Particular since Live does all then things that are particularly painful to do in Max.

But there's a curious thing going on with the upgrade pricing. Upgrading Live 7 to Live 8 will be $189. Upgrading to Live 8 Suite from regular Live (i.e. getting all the software instruments that aren't bundled in the Live program) will be $349. Plus, registered Live users got a $30 Coupon Code via E-mail.

This means getting Live 8 Suite will cost me exactly what upgrading Live 7 to Live 7 Suite would cost. Assuming I want Suite -- which I do -- that means the Live 8 update is free if you upgrade to Live Suite.

Plus, the incremental cost of the Live 8 upgrade versus the Live 8 Suite upgrade is only $130, which, assuming you can afford to do the update to 8, makes it silly not to upgrade to the Suite.

So... it would seem they really want their registered users to jump to Suite.

[User Picture]From: chang3002
2009-01-17 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, then you figure in the possible prices of the APC 40 to that? I must have that thing, and I bet it's not gonna be anything less than $500.

I JUST got Live 7. Now I gotta shel out again for 8? Sheesh! Well, I lived on 5 for god knows how many years. I can afford to upgrade, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-01-18 12:44 am (UTC)
I have been forking over for upgrades for some time now, because they really do add useful stuff at each major release. In fact, of all the software companies I deal with, Ableton is by far the most user-responsive. Well, Audio Damage are extremely responsive, but they're operating on a different scale.

I'm not as excited about the APC40. It isn't really oriented towards the way I think about using Live. I have a DJ controller for DJing with Live, and a pedal board I use when I play live. And I don't mind using a mouse or touch pad -- I'd have to relearn using a hardware controller. And really, you can't see which clips or scenes are associated with the buttons without looking at the screen. But hey whatever floats your boat.
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-01-18 07:18 am (UTC)
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