If you use OSX you may sympathise with me here. If you use pro tools on windows this isn’t as relevant.
Today I upgraded my macbook air to OSX Lion. I had to do this because I’ve got a new iPhone and there are lots of new features in Lion that I wanted to use. Before I upgraded I checked Pro Tools compatibility for Lion and I noticed there was a new version of Pro Tools out. I thought I’d upgrade that too but I found it would cost £238! Considering that 1 year ago I had to pay in excess of £300 to upgrade to PT9 I thought that was a bit steep!
After doing a bit of looking around I realized that support for Lion was in a new upgrade of Pro Tools 9 but it was in Beta. I thought that was strange because Avid had AGES to support Lion because apple took so long to release it. Then I figured out what they were up to.
It looks like Avid have released a new version of Pro Tools (version 10) but have ensured that Pro Tools 9 users don’t have proper support for Lion so that they are forced to pay £238 in order to get stable support for the current Apple OS.
Thankfully I am reconditioning a classic 1960’s tape machine at the moment which is increasingly getting CHEAPER TO RUN than a Pro Tools system and sounds better too. If Avid keeps alienating their current Pro Tools user-base by pulling stunts like this people will get upset and find other software work with. I am very disappointed and upset and left with a dodgy Beta version of Pro Tools and an overdraft.