Lightroom Mobile not available to Lightroom 6 & Photoshop CS6 Owners — Why?

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As an owner of Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CS6 I am REALLY disappointed that the only way for me to use Lightroom Mobile is to sign up for the Photographer Creative Cloud option, basically paying twice over for applications which I have already invested hundreds of dollars in to own outright. Lightroom Mobile should be available as a stand alone option on Creative Cloud.
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ajlowndes

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Since creative cloud (and hence syncing to Mobile) uses adobe's servers to store your photos' Smart Previews, it makes sense that they charge an ongoing cost for this - it costs them something ongoing to store your data. Besides, the photgraphy bundle really isn't that expensive...$120 per year, which is pretty much what I pay anyway when I upgrade.
You still have the option to return your copy of LR6 and purchase a CC membership instead. I just switched to CC after buying LR5 a couple of years ago and PS Elements a year or so ago, then just "living" with the shortcomings of not having all the extra CC addons like access from mobile etc. I'm only 2 days into my purchase of the photography CC bundle and am pretty satisfied already - LR mobile is wicked cool for editing/tagging on the road.
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Whilst it's good to hear the perspective of someone who has switched to the CC membership it still doesn't address the underlying issue that those who have invested $1000's in Adobe Software such as myself, demonstrating a high level of commitment to the company and it's products over those who are only willing to commit a few dollars a month, should be excluded from being able to purchase a monthly Lightroom Mobile option without having the purchase assess to software they already own. Ultimately this would also generate income for Adobe.
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That's a fair comment Richard - I'm not a rep of Adobe at all but I am interested... how much (say, per month or per year) would you pay for access to the cloud servers to provide the sync to mobile service that you want? It's just that $10 per month seems to be about the going rate for some pure cloud-storage providers*... so it would seem to make sense to just go for the whole package. Anyway, what price would you be willing to pay, as I'm sure this would be valuable info for Adobe?
* to be fair the one that I looked up was Dropbox and it has a much higher cloud storage limit than the photography bundle - 1TB vs 2GB, but note that the "Sync to Mobile" data doesn't count towards your limit at all, and I can't find an actual limit for this... so it appears to be unlimited...
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I was thinking $3-$5 a month would be fair, particularly when you consider that Flickr is free! From a marketing perspective it would make sense for them to give it away to software owners because once your are invested in the service you will stay invested in future software updates.
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Fair enough, but so you don't think I'm making stuff up, I found this official answer from the Adobe Lightroom on mobile FAQ:

Why does Adobe Lightroom on mobile require a Creative Cloud membership?
Lightroom mobile requires an extensive cloud infrastructure to sync image data and edits between the desktop and mobile devices. Given that Creative Cloud already provides such an infrastructure, as well as a membership plan specifically for photography enthusiasts, Creative Cloud was a good fit for powering the Lightroom on mobile service.


but I hope your suggestion gains some interest from Adobe and you get the option to purchase just cloud storage on it's own.
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Richard Jones

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I read the same FAQ, but it still doesn't justify excluding those that have already made a significant financial investment into their software, instead it forces them to double purchase!
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You still have the software you purchased. If you want to switch to CC, I'm sure they'd be happy to refund your Lightroom 6 purchase. That would cover most of the year's subscription.