Quote: Originally posted by ADMIN:SteveR on 09 November 2007
Specifically, do you not like the downloadable aspect of the new format or the licensing aspect of the new format?
I'm not sure what you mean by "heavily DRM laden". Is there a "lightly DRM laden" format that you recommend? We can certainly look into it.
The downloadable format also avoids swapping CDs every time you want to switch to a different lesson title. The new format will categorize the lessons and allow for bookmarking favorites. This also seemed like a major improvement for the customers.
At least with the CDs I could load a video separately. The video window in the new format is too small.
I'm surprised you are not familiar with other authorization schemes. Most offer challenge/response type systems.
All of my Native Instrument products allow 2 seperate installs.
My IK Multimedia products allow 5 authorizations.
You enter a serial # and they give you a code to enter to use their programs.
Then there is Cakewalk who show the greatest trust in their users. It's a serial number and an authorization and not tied into hardware.
I have 3 systems all with recording interfaces. Each one may go through hardware changes. When most of my software asks for a new authorization it's done in a timely fashion through a web page or in the software.
With the CDs I turned them into ISO images and kept them on the hard drive.
Maybe the challenge/response scheme may take too much out of your profits and may not be worth it.
Sometimes paranoia about your product being shared on the net may cost in sales long term. Izotope feared losing a large base of customers when they were going to use PACE authorization.
I love the download format. It's just frustrating to decide which computer I put it on first before sending an email for another copy.
It would be nice if the video screen is larger (or make it pop up to a larger screen). It would be nice if the tab was like most professional tab where you can see the notation.
Despite all of that, Riff Interactive is one of the better learning tools compared to such things like Lick Library and their stuff is the most illegally shared stuff out there.