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Why is Cakewalk by Bandlab free?

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16 minutes ago, synkrotron said:

Yeah, why is CbB free?

Is it just while it is in "development?"

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andy

Nothing is free. You will pay for it one way or another.

Not saying they do this, this is just an example of what can be done: Maybe they are taking your profile info and selling it. 

Don't worry, you'll pay for it . even if you are unaware of it 😉

 

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Generally if something on the Internet is free, you are not the customer - you are the product.

I don't know if that applies here or not - it could very well be a loss-leader.

Notes

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To gain memberships to the Bandlab platform. To lure in more serious musicians and to retain the ones who out grow the limitations of the online and mobile apps. A huge Bandlab user base is the short goal. That in itself has value.  Bandlab is a combination online DAW like Soundation, user content streaming service like Soundcloud and social media platform like twitter.  For this to work you need users and lots of them.

 

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2 hours ago, James G said:

Loss-leader I imagine.

At times I feel like a Lost Leader, a forever lost man.😋

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34 minutes ago, Bapu said:

At times I feel like a Lost Leader, a forever lost man.😋

The more you nag, the more Beepster I become.

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1 minute ago, James G said:

The more you nag, the more Beepster I become.

speaking of whom, what's happened to beepster?

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4 minutes ago, pwalpwal said:

speaking of whom, what's happened to beepster?

I dunno, he was always reluctant to join up at BMD for some reason, and I haven't seen him here yet.

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3 hours ago, synkrotron said:

Yeah, why is CbB free?

Is it just while it is in "development?"

cheers

andy

BandLab has never directly addressed "why" but they have made it clear on more than one occasion that CbB will remain free. Here is an example where Meng states:


Platform and future product updates will continue to be free, just like BandLab - innovation must push forward!

But don't expect Rapture Pro for example to be free when it is re-released 🙂 (except for those that have bought it before in some way or form and have already created a BandLab account)

So, the basic product is free (similar to what Cakewalk started doing with SHS) but there are plans for paid add-ons.

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2 hours ago, Notes_Norton said:

Generally if something on the Internet is free, you are not the customer - you are the product.

I don't know if that applies here or not - it could very well be a loss-leader.

Notes

I was just about to say that exact thing.

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1 hour ago, James G said:

The more you nag, the more Beepster I become.

As I am learning.😃

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1 hour ago, pwalpwal said:

canadian

 

Hoser

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1 hour ago, James G said:

The more you nag, the more Beepster I become.

Typical 

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1 hour ago, scook said:

BandLab has never directly addressed "why" but they have made it clear on more than one occasion that CbB will remain free. Here is an example where Meng states:

 

 

So, the basic product is free (similar to what Cakewalk started doing with SHS) but there are plans for paid add-ons.

This should be a sticky. Maybe have Winnie the Pooh holding a honey jar with "CbB isFree" sign 🤣

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Really I'm hoping a storefront comes soon so I can support Bandlab for keeping my favorite DAW alive.

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It's a tractor beam to draw people into the BandLab ecosystem. And you can't sell add-ons unless people have the core program.

As a precedent, consider IK's AmpliTube Free. It's a fine amp sim and free, but they make their money from people going to the Custom Shop and buying more modules.

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