thread: Pay per use?
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Old 19th May 2009
Lives for gear
Pay per use?

Would it be possible for software vendors to charge per minute or per hour? It seems to me that it would address a few of the issues with software sales and licensing, and probably get a lot more users on board as far as paying for the software.

I'm not quite sure how you address this with plugins, as it would be possible for someone to bounce them in. But I can't imagine any pro facility constantly having to bounce all the tracks all the time.

It seems like the key here for software companies is to have a way to get pro's to pay pro prices and amateurs to pay amateur prices. If they only offer pro prices then lots of people will pirate it, so they have to put more resources, time, beta testing etc, into making an LE version. It just seems like there's a better way.

This would also open up the interesting opportunity for pro studios to bill the software costs to the client. I for one would love to be able to say, "well we can use auto-tune, but it will cost you. . . "

Just a thought.