In a smart move from Apple, they’ve opted to compete with Adobe for the hearts of students. For $199, you’ll be able to pick up $630 worth of software. Here’s how it works.
If you’re a student, teacher, or faculty, you’ll qualify for the bundle, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3. This includes anybody in K-12 and higher education. Unfortunately, the deal will not span outside of the United States. While Apple provides discounts for education globally, like universities purchasing in bulk, they’re asking for an address within the US this time around.
I could see this being pretty popular with students, and it could lead to a lot more graduates using Apple’s software over Adobe in the future. The largest plus is that there’s no monthly fee. After that $199, the software is yours to keep, unlike Adobe’s $19.99 a month (which eventually goes up by $5). That means that you’ll pay $240 a year for Adobe’s Creative Cloud, $40 more than Apple’s one-time charge.
Then again, Adobe is providing a lot more in that situation. They’ll host your website on Business Catalyst (five of them actually), give you cloud storage, and you’ll have access to more applications that span further than Apple’s suite. Also, Adobe is still reaching a global audience of students (not to mention PC users), something Apple’s refusing to do at the moment. As a result, I’m not sure this will really put a dent in Adobe’s sales.
Above all, it’s wonderful to see, and it may encourage universities to include Final Cut and Logic in their programs. Whether that’s a good thing may be in the eye of the student. This should also come in handy for any students that have bought the new Macbook Pro, expecting it to chew through 4K footage in Premiere Pro. Luckily, the laptop usually isn’t half bad when used with Final Cut Pro X. Head here to get the discount.