Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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by KadyMae on Tue 26th Oct 2004 21:42 UTC

And to further build on the whole discrepancy in price it's like ...

Okay, it's $150 for a student/educator to put it on 3 computers, but $300 for John Q. Public to put it on ONE computer ... so what, IF ANYTHING, do these prices have to do with actual cost?

See, when I see that the manufacturer is willing to sell *millions* of licenses to their software at $50/ea, boy oh boy oh boy does that $300 look like NOTHING BUT GREED AND GOUGING.

Because when you consider the fact that this "education" priceing has been going on for about 20 years now, you also question the "loss leader" factor. Loss leaders are short term pricing strategies, not generational.

The cost of software is like the cost of diamonds -- artificially created and maintained.

I'd really like to see a no BS accounting of what it costs to create a software package.

I think $50 a license is a reasonable price for Office. It's not like they're creating whole swathes of code from scratch any more, so why's it cost $300?