Logic Express 8 upgrade

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by jayducharme, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. jayducharme macrumors 68040

    jayducharme

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    I screwed up today and bought the Logic Express 8 upgrade from my local Apple Store. I got home and, as I usually do, immediately wrote the serial number on the disk with a Sharpie for safekeeping. Then I tried to install it and discovered that I can't upgrade my Logic 7 Academic version. So I now have a disk set I can't return to Apple and can't use. :rolleyes:

    If anyone's interested, it's now on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...tem=290194045946&_trksid=p3984.cSELL.m315.lVI
     
  2. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    Thats interesting ! Why can't you update ? I called Apple after Studio came out and they told me that I can update from Express Edu to full version for about $300 !
     
  3. jayducharme thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I have the Logic Express 7 Academic version. Apple's Academic versions are not upgradeable. I bought the plain Logic Express 8 Upgrade, not the Academic version. They're not compatible.

    It does make sense. Logic Express is $199. The Academic version is $179 -- but if it's part of a package deal with an institution it's often as low as $99. The plain Logic Express upgrade is $99. So Apple would be losing a bit of money if the regular upgrade worked with the Academic version.

    I guess in the long run it might be cheaper to just get plain Logic Express and then upgrade it every year or so. Heck, I'm saving only $20 for the Academic....
     
  4. vtprinz macrumors 6502

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    Hm. I'm about to buy an iMac with my edu discount and I was debating having LE8 pre-installed for the $179 price. I'm not sure if it will be an academic version, I didn't even know there was a separate version. If I do this will I end up with a non-upgradeable version of LE8?

    If so I'd rather wait, pay the extra $20 for the regular version, and install it myself.
     
  5. jayducharme thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes. To "upgrade," you would buy the next Academic version. AFAIK, the only difference between the Standard and Academic editions is that the Academic is $20 cheaper and can't be upgraded.

    Or simply have Apple pre-install the Standard version. Then you can upgrade to future editions. That's what I think I'll do from now on. If I remember correctly, the Academic versions of Apple software used to be significantly cheaper that the Standard versions. That apparently isn't true anymore. The only time the Academic version pays off is if it's purchased in bulk for a school. Then the savings can be much more significant.
     
  6. Osprey macrumors 6502

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    From my experience, when I purchased my MBP with an educational discount and had Final Cut Express pre-installed, I was able to upgrade because the pre-installed software was a regular retail version. From what I can understand, you can't upgrade when only purchasing the software, this is why I always buy my software without using the educational discount. As was pointed out earlier, you only save $20 and lose more than that when purchasing an update.
     

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