[MPA] Logic Express Pricing from Apple

R Ziegler richardz3 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 17:02:21 PDT 2004

look at it this way - you'll still have paid less than full price
after the upgrade

On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 11:04:48 -0700, KathyMac!
<mac4music at musicareonline.org> wrote:
> Just curious - wondering if I'm the only one that thinks this is
> wrong....
> I purchased Logic Express 6 from Apple about 45 days ago. Brand new. I
> bought it thru the Education Store for $149 (regular pricing is $299).
> Logic Express 7 just came out. I thought that since I just made this
> brand new in the box purchase so recently that an upgrade at no cost
> would be the appropriate thing to offer customers - say to those who
> had just purchased their new software within 60 days of this revamped
> version being released.
> On the website there IS an upgrade price of $99 for regular store
> customers. That's 1/3 the cost of the whole program (at $299). So, I
> then assumed that the upgrade price for those who paid $149 for the
> whole program would also be 1/3 - which comes to $49.
> There is no "free" upgrade if you just purchased Logic Express 6 before
> the release of 7.
> There is no "$49" upgrade if you want to move up to 7 from 6.
> Basically, if you shelled out the full $149 for the brand new version a
> few weeks ago, you now must pay the $99 upgrade path that was
> implemented for the $299 pricing OR you might even have to pay a whole
> new $149 for the new Logic 7 because the $99 upgrade may not install or
> be compatible with the "academic" priced Logic 6 (although I doubt this
> theory since the box for Logic 6 still has eMagic on it and Made In
> Germany and NO mention of Academic on it anywhere - I think Apple just
> priced it academically but there probably is not any difference in
> serial numbers etc...)
> Before I get branded as a complainer let me say that I do indeed
> recognize the wonderful educational pricing of $149 for my software. I
> thought I was making a great savings and great deal. I knew Logic 7
> would be out someday but could not see it anywhere soon on the horizon
> so I bought now. I appreciate that I have this at half price from
> regular retail of $299. But let's be realistic about the rest of the
> problem: Having to pay the same amount again or even $99 just to get
> the latest version only weeks later seems quite unfair. If Apple
> doesn't want to honor a 30 or 60 day arrangement for people who just
> freshly bought this version of 6, well that's their choice. But at
> least offer fair pricing for those of us who paid $149 just a few weeks
> ago. I wouldn't squawk about paying $49 to get version 7. But having to
> put out almost the same amount of money is ridiculous.
> Basically, my purchase of Logic Express 6 in August was a complete
> burning of money. I have to rebuy it all over again because there is no
> fair upgrade price or complimentary upgrade.
> There are many other software companies out there who offer free or
> reduced price upgrades to their latest version for those people who
> JUST freshly bought an outdated version. At the very least, if Apple
> knew that Logic Express 7 was just weeks away from shipping out the
> door, what kind of ethics do they have to continue selling Express 6
> right up to the last minute with NO notice to customers that 7 will be
> out within a month or so and that their purchase will be honored for a
> free upgrade? They should have announced this and allowed people the
> opportunity to either wait for 7 or to purchase now and get a voucher
> for a free upgrade to 7 or reduced price upgrade to 7 when it was
> released.
> Am I the only one who thinks this timing loophole is a bit unfair?
> Kathy
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