Originally Posted by jordanvoth
I'll stay put with my version of 6 I upgraded to last year. It's working really great for me, maybe there will be some stuff worth the jump in 8 and I really don't mind the costs of upgrading.
It will be interesting to see how many people jump from 6/6.5 to 7. As more and more about it gets trotted out along with the upgrade prices being revealed it seems that excitement is waning for 7. Had they delayed it six more months and made more improvements or added more features, or rolled everything from 6.5 into 7 and not made it a separate paid update, I think there'd be less groaning about the upgrade price, grace period and features included. It seems like this was almost rushed out to compete with the release of Ableton 9. The look seems to be suggesting that they're going after Ableton and Logic users more than anything.
I was simply lucky enough to upgrade from 4 in the grace period this week so I will go get 7 regardless in a few weeks but have really been enjoying 6.5. From 4 it is amazing to enjoy how beautiful and smooth everything is. It's like a whole new computer. I can see how a lot of people may stick with it and see what some of the future free updates to 7 hold before laying down the cash. Had I updated a couple of months ago I think I would just be happy enough with 6.5 to wait. ASIO Guard may end up being the biggest game changer. Other than that I think people will just wait until 7.5 or 8 for their next paid upgrade.
It's getting a little tiresome that Windows OS, Mac OS and many software/softsynths are insisting on yearly paid upgrades like yearly video game releases but people pay it so it's not like they're going to stop anytime soon. Also the focus on adding features instead of fixing bugs seems to be all the rage for everyone now.
That said, Cubase has still improved its product a lot more for the better in the last 3-4 years than Ableton or Logic have. I was shocked to see how little the upgrade from Live 8 to 9 offered considering their upgrade price and how long it's been around.