Lightroom Classic: Why not just a Classic subscription offering?
Not to beat a dead horse but why did Adobe not offer just LR Classic subscription by itself as another option instead of bundling it with Photoshop? There are thousands of Lightroom users that have no need for or desire to learn Photoshop but would happily move to subscription just for Lightroom at a reduced price. I would not be surprised if Adobe did A/B testing it would not bear this out. I can do anything I want with just Lightroom without a need for Photoshop. If you need Photoshop also to traverse back and forth and are a power user then up your subscription. It does not seem very principled to use non Photoshop users to subsidize LR/Photoshop combo users in their subscription pricing model if you subscribe to LR Classic CC and just need Lightroom. Photoshop came first and for those users it is a no brainer from a subscription perspectine. Edit in Photoshop if you like and catalog in Lightroom...best of both worlds perhaps. What am I missing? Is Adobe just waiting until a competitor can import the lr.cat file into their offering coupled with an adequate file structure before offering such an option to keep just LR users from jumping ship? The ship will have already left the dock if that is even a remote strategy. Ignoring that possibility then I think I know the answer. Too big to fail?