Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Apple iTunes store launches in Singapore

iTunes store arrived in Singapore today. It only took about 9 years, but hey! we can finally buy music tracks legally online! All 16 billion of them! And movies rentals too!

They also launched it in a few other neighbouring countries (WJ article).

You next Google music.

Talking about being unavailable in Singapore, Adobe CreativeCloud is right on top of that list for me. Go adobe! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Adobe CreativeSuite 6 launches. No CreativeCloud outside US, Canada and Mexico

Update: Creative Cloud for teams is now available in Singapore too. Read more

The Creative Suite 6 launch event just ended.

The most exciting piece that I was looking forward to was the CreativeCloud subscription license that allows access to almost all CS applications (and more) for USD 49.99. Sounded like a great deal, and was super excited! Only when I tried to preorder did I notice the country choice for Billing addresses only allows USA, Canada and Mexico. A customer care person on the online chat support page confirmed this too.

Everyone would agree that most software piracy happens in places where people can't afford to spend a couple of thousands of US dollars on software. They probably don't make that much money in a month. This subscription license seemed to have a potential to change that. At $49.99 a month, adobe would've potentially had a chance to earn possibly millions of new paying customers. Sure Adobe must know this and they must be working on releasing it to the rest of the world over time. But delayed launch of this is going to make pirated versions available in these regions and then adobe coming in late with a subscription license gives these users a choice of choosing between $49.99 and a free version. *sigh*

Update: Adobe Customer Care responded to my tweet pointing me to their FAQ that says
We intend to make Creative Cloud as widely available as possible. Adobe will share more details about country availability over time.