Software Subs Change Competitive Landscape
Many hobbyists, advanced amateurs will not be able to afford these systems, nor need them OR not need them even if they can afford them.
But many independent artists, photographers, graphic designers, desktop publishers, web page writers will need these programs, but not be able to afford them. I think this model will really pinch the lower-earning folks in any of these disciplines. It takes a critical mass of work/revenue to support this model. So newcomers, part-timers, etc will have a hard time establishing themselves.
So, what you're saying is that new comers can't find a used copy of Acrobat Pro, Photoshop extended, Illustrator, Flash professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Bridge, Media Encoder, InDesign, Premier, After Effects, Painter, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, or Excel in order to conduct their work?
You're killing me!
Let's come back down to reality... if an artist can't "get by" using Microsoft Office 2011 or CS6 version of Adobe Design & Web Premium, etc., then that person wasn't likely to get established in the first place due to a lack of common sense.
If you run a scanning business and use a $700 scanner instead of a $30,000 scanner... does that put you at a disadvantage compared to a business using more expensive and capable equipment? Maybe. What about trucks? If you can only afford a small dump truck, but another business can afford a bigger one... So? That's just how it goes, some people can afford things and others can't.
The bottom line is that subscriptions aren't going to change the competitive landscape any more than anything else has; there's also too many tools available for artists to still get their work done until they can afford the pittance required for a subscription compared to the product they get in return.
Hobbyists aren't the ones putting significant money in the corporate coffers of software makers.
Teila K. Day