Waves Brings Back Perpetual Plugin Licence Model & Apologises After User Backlash


March 29, 2023

In response to criticism from Waves Audio users about the company’s decision to discontinue perpetual plugin licences and move to an exclusive plugin subscription model, Waves’ CTO and co-founder Meir Shashoua has released the following statement today:

“Over the past few days, many of you have expressed concerns about our decision to discontinue perpetual plugin licences and our move to an exclusive plugin subscription model.

“I would like to start by apologising for the frustration we have caused many of you, our loyal customers. We understand that our move was sudden and disruptive, and did not sufficiently take into consideration your needs, wishes, and preferences. We are genuinely sorry for the distress it has caused.

“After respectfully listening to your concerns, I want to share with you that we are bringing back the perpetual plugin licence model, side-by-side with the new subscriptions. You will again be able to get plugins as perpetual licences, just as before.

“In addition, those of you who already own perpetual licences will once again be able to update your plugins and receive a second licence via the Waves Update Plan—again, just as before. This option, too, will be available alongside and independently of the subscription program.

“We are currently putting all our efforts into making perpetual licences available to you again, as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date on this news page, where we will post the latest updates on perpetual licence availability.

“I would like you to know that we are committed to you, our users. We listened to your feedback, and we will continue to listen to you. Waves is a company filled with users and creators, just like you, and we are all as passionate about the products as you are.

“With this in mind, we will strive to find the way to make things right by you, and hopefully regain your trust. Thank you for your feedback and continued support, I wish you all the best,

Meir Shashoua.”

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