Interesting. The couple issues I have with their argument is, first, the assumption that you could buy one version of the Creative Suite and it would be fine for 4 years. The software changes pretty rapidly now compared to 10 years ago... and you would have to assume at least one upgrade during that 4 year period. Once you factor that in, you're at about the same cost as using CC.
Secondly, they are overlooking the fact that CC gets you access to EVERYTHING. Audition, Premier, After Effects, Blah, Blah, Blah. The Design and Web Premium package does not offer those.
Look, I'm not a fan of the subscription model either, but if you're going to be spending the same money (or pretty darn close) anyways, it would make more sense to have the latest versions of their entire library if you ask me.
I fought the switch to CC too, but in the end I like it and here's why:
When my hard-drive had to be replaced, I was up and running again in a fraction of the time than when I had to re-install from disc (plus you don't have to apply updates after each install).
I had access to software previously unavailable to me in my Design Premium CS5 bundle that came though for me huge for a project (Audition and Premier).
I'm making money using their software. In fact, the monthly cost is a fraction of just one billable hour of my time. Think about that. Even junior-level freelancers pay off their access to CC in one hour of billable work.
I've said it before though... my only beef is that they don't offer an annual discount like most other subscription-based services offer (pre-pay for a year and pay for only 11 months). I like the idea of giving the option to designers who may get freelance infrequently to lock in a full year and forget it... so even if they don't do any more jobs for the next 4 months... it's no biggie.
I was happy as a little kid on boxing day when Adobe started offering this model, and for the first time in my life privately owned legal copies of their suite. Best part? Installed it on two computers; mine and the girlfriend's, who uses it for photo editing.
It's one of those things I had been whinging about since college. As a student I could NOT spare a thousand dollars in one go. I could manage a few bucks a month.
I wonder what implications this will have for graduating students with little to no experience using Adobe as it is an industry standard.
I'm actually surprised they made such a public stand but could offer NO alternatives. They say they are looking into it.
I think it would have been more reasonable to make this public stand after they could offer alternative solutions other than "you can use our 3 yo version of the suite" in one of our labs!