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The OP shouldn't feel like a "turncoat" for signing up for Adobe's CC, he should feel like a rational person who sensibly concluded that it's worth it. Honestly, I am sick and tired of the whining that goes on about how the onerous Adobe is taking us all to the cleaners. Let's look at the facts:
1. Adobe owns the market, right now. There are competing products, even after Aperture's untimely demise, but there is nothing even close to the performance and flexibility of Photoshop and Lightroom. Nothing.
2. Adobe is a business just like any other. They aren't running it for fun, they're running it to create value for their shareholders, aka make a profit. At the point that they piss off their customers with poor products or truly onerous conditions, their customers will flee to the open arms of another entrepreneur who will be thrilled to accept them (this may take some time, but there are millions of people using this software, so the opportunity is huge).
3. The license you "own" in perpetuity is only as good for as long as the hardware you're running it on, and the operating system you're running it in, will last. Should you want to run it "forever without paying another dime," you better be prepared to keep the same computer running forever and never upgrade to an unsupported OS--security be damned. I mean, get real, CSx's feature-set will not only become dated, it will become useless as hardware and OS technologies inevitably advance. You can own it "forever," but will you be able to use it forever?
4. So much is made of the cost of subscription without examining the math. I use Ps and Lr almost everyday, but I was still able to get by upgrading the stand-alone products every other or even every third round. In addition to that, my wife's a teacher, so I got the very significant educator discount (applicable to immediate family members). I keep a running spreadsheet of my computer/photography purchases, so I looked back over the past decade and totaled up my expense of BUYING Ps and Lr, skipping 1 or 2 versions in between, and getting the huge educator discount. I then divided that number by the amount of time I had used it, up until that point. It came to $17/month. Per month! That means by switching to the subscription service even I was able to save $7 a month AND start using the latest and greatest features on whatever hardware I typically upgrade to every 3-5 years.
5. When Adobe first announced their subscription plans their prices were out of touch with reality. Then came the uproar. So, Adobe listened to the market and brought the price of their Photography Bundle down to a very reasonable $9.99/month. I've been in business all my life and know from experience that if enough of us clamor for even better terms, like those offered by MathWorks, Adobe will seriously consider it. Business isn't a democracy, but every business worth its salt knows that pleasing customers is in their long-term best interest.
Now, can we put this to rest? For some, who use this type of software only occasionally, 10 bucks a month is too much. For them there's DPP, Pixelmator, and the like. For others, who choose to try and keep the same hardware and OS in perpetuity, there are still old, boxed versions of CSx. But for anyone who has carefully examined the pros and cons of Adobe's subscription service, $9.99/month is a remarkably good deal.