Avid has reintroduced the ability for Sibelius customers with a perpetual license to get current with the latest updates and support, by bringing back a discounted option for those customers. Available only from December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, the “1-Year Upgrade with Software Updates + Support Plan” is $59 for Sibelius (mid-tier) licenses or $129 for Sibelius Ultimate licenses.
This is what used to be termed a “reinstatement”, although Avid is not using that word this time around.
You may recall that Avid discontinued reinstatements at the end of 2019 (you’ll find some extended analysis on the subject at the end of our Sibelius 2020.1 review). Since then, perpetual licensees of Sibelius Ultimate who let their support plan expire, and did not wish to purchase a new perpetual license at full price, had only the option of crossgrading to a subscription for $79/year for two years, and $199/year thereafter — surrendering their perpetual license in the process if they wanted to take advantage of the crossgrade price.
How it works
Today’s announcement effectively brings back the ability for anyone still hanging on to a perpetual license, but not currently on a support plan, to get current — and stay current — at a very attractive price. For just $129, a Sibelius Ultimate perpetual licensee can not only update to the latest version of the desktop software — with a full year of updates and support to follow — but get full access to the Sibelius for Mobile app on iPhone and iPad, as well. After the first year, such a user can stay current for the regular software update and support plan renewal price (currently $99/year), provided they don’t let their plan expire.
A few details to be aware of here (more at the article on the Avid Knowledge Base):
- As mentioned, this offer is only good until December 31, 2021;
- However; you don’t necessarily need to activate your plan before December 31. There is no deadline to activate the plan — it does not expire, so you can purchase it now and “start the clock” some time in the future, and get a full 12 months of updates and support;
- Unlike some previous reinstatement offers, this one doesn’t go back to the beginning of Sibelius time. It’s “only” available to anyone who had a license for Sibelius 5 or later (Sibelius 5 was released in 2007, so this is quite generous);
- Customers can purchase the upgrade directly from Avid or from their preferred Avid reseller — with the caveat that only licenses registered in a user’s Avid account can be upgraded directly from Avid, while upgrades purchased through a reseller can be applied to all eligible licenses. In other words, if your license does not appear in your Avid account (because it precedes their current database or because you bought from a reseller), you need to purchase this reinstatement from a reseller, and then redeem the code with Avid.
- Update to clarify: Anyone who is updating from Sibelius 8 or later can purchase the upgrade from either Avid or from a reseller, regardless of from whom the Sibelius 8+ license was purchased. If you are upgrading from Sibelius 7.5 or earlier, you will need to purchase the upgrade through a reseller, even if you originally purchased Sibelius through Avid. Sweetwater is one such reseller option.
Wait — what’s the difference between a perpetual license with updates + support, and a subscription?
Welcome, friend, to Scoring Notes, where we valiantly try to help answer this question!
Practically speaking, for Sibelius Ultimate (the “pro” tier), it’s this:
- Both a perpetual licensee with an active plan, and a subscriber, get software updates and support, for both the desktop and mobile apps;
- A Software Update + Support Plan for perpetual licensees costs $99/year, after you pay for the perpetual license itself, which is $599 and includes one year of updates and support. If you stop paying, the software still works, but you don’t get any more software updates or support — and, until today’s announcement, there was no longer a way to get back on board, other than subscription;
- A subscription costs $199/year (unless you “crossgraded” from a perpetual license, in which case you were eligible for $79/year for the first two years of your subscription), and, if you stop paying, the software stops working and you can only use it in very limited ways. Unlike with a perpetual license, there is no additional cost to initially acquire the software.
Avid has added the perpetual license upgrade option to its menu of upgrade and renewal paths for Sibelius Ultimate and Sibelius.
What if I crossgraded from a perpetual license to a subscription, but I want to take advantage of this opportunity for a perpetual license upgrade?
This offer only applies to users that still have a perpetual license for Sibelius 5 or later. If you crossgraded to the subscription and surrendered your perpetual license, you won’t be eligible for this offer.
For everyone else, though, this is an unexpected and welcome opportunity to keep their perpetual license and enjoy all of the benefits that the latest Sibelius updates have brought.
For complete coverage of all of those updates, please check out the Scoring Notes product guide and open up the “Latest Sibelius news and reviews” for links to each and every one of our reviews and news articles from the past several years.