I think we're at the "MP3 argument" . . . see here:http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/09/03/bruce-willis-to-sue-apple-over-itunes/
More than anything else, we're dealing with eroding 'ownership' of the zeros and ones on our own machines.
That said, I know of a large number of people clinging to old (pre-CS) versions of Photoshop for the 'upgrade cost'.
I'm not a big fan of "the cloud"; it is something that isn't is as it is implemented, which is a clearly defined lie.
Honestly, the bottom line in the REAL software world is "free"; the returned revenue will come from genuine support . . . Adobe's not the farthest detached from that (I'm glaring at you, HP, and brandishing something rather pointy), but they're going that ways . . .
You're talking about a mouse with a really long nose. That is not the real "Elephant in the room", which is the ability to use something you paid for indefinitely. We don't live forever, but these companies act like we do and that is infringing upon their right to profit.
People think that editing crap on their iPhone is good . . . so maybe this will fix their faulty business models; probably not.
Optimists enjoy optimism. Pessimists are prepared for reality. My outlook is particularly grim, having thought this over.
Hrm; that's a bad ending. We have "FoCal" and "Dx0" . . . so . . . maybe if the big boys fark stuff up enough the 'free market' will fix things, meaning that people that care about doing things right will actually give us an alternative and make some money along the way. I'm programming way too much and not taking enough pictures . . . that's the real problem. I'm taking my dadgum camera to work tomorrow to fix the problem