And “lifetime” it’s just too expensive for regular people. And it’s stupid. Let’s say next year some things will broke and the player will not work as you want. Maybe yes, maybe no. If you have a “normal” license you can cancel and say bye bye. If you have “lifetime” for the price of a $$$ vacation, well… you must use the player, you paid a lot of money, maybe you made sacrifices so…
Or simply find a better solution, who knows? No, at least 10 years you MUST use AS because you paid and don’t want to waste your money, if you care for this…
But maybe Damien/Antoine will add this option, few rich customers with $$$ are always welcome.
Lifetime license makes no sense. Just think how much good music you can buy with it, and that you’ll enjoy all your life.
It will be better for Audirvana to sell a regular license of AS, like for the previous Audirvana players. Many people will buy it, regardless of bugs or other issues, because most people dislike subscriptions.
If it was possible, I would have bought immediately two licenses, one for me and one for a gift.
It has nothing to do with me.
I read tens, maybe hundreds, of posts on this site of users who are unhappy with subscription.
I don’t remember reading many posts, like yours, of subscription enthusiasts.
That’s true. I don’t. And @Jim_F don’t have to be upset, it’s our opinions, personal views.
For example probabily I would pay for a subscription to HQPlayer when I will have a powerful comp but never 240 euros - it’s just too expensive for a hobby imo, I mean for a player, no matter how the sound is. But a subscription of few bucks/month, oh yes, may be a solution.
Also, as has been told, a subsciption makes developers to be more active because clients can cancel anytime, the competition is bigger and this is just good for people, because only good products with good support will survive with the subscription model.
Of course this is still a niche so the process will be slower.
People who buy music (I also bought some discs in the past) use a cd player or free players like foobar.
People who use DACs and a payable player are a niche compared to majority of users. People who stream are more and more because of lower prices, bigger content, other features. And if they care more about sq, like Qobuz and Tidal users, they will try AS, found sq better and pay the subscription. Unfortunately AS is still buggy, I have to keep both AS and Qobuz app.
There are many commercial players that do not offer streaming features.
Who buys them? Only people who have their own music…
The market for CDs is finished, except, for some extent, for albums of classical music. There are only few CD editions of new albums. It was replaced by online shops for digital tracks.
Otherwise, albums that are released on physical supports focus on sound quality demanding users who buy vinyls or SACDs. But even these users often buy digital tracks. And they need players to play their music.