So, I have just cracked open my latest Maximum PC with CD subscription, hoping for some new cool stuff on the CD. What did I find? Almost Exactly the same CD as I got last month! Yes, most or all of these utilities and apps are pretty good stuff, but it's the same...over and over again. And as has been mentioned elsewhere in the forums, this is all free content easily available elsewhere!
So where is the continued value of the CD? Why should we pay almost double for our subscriptions for a CD that is almost the same every time? Yes, the answer of course is to....stop paying for the CD, get a subscription without the CD and save money. But why not create a CD that is really cool?
Years ago the CD used to contain cool game demos, which was great, especially since download speeds years ago made it almost painful to download the demos. Even after download speeds became tolerable, the convenience was good. Also, we got exposure to games we might have missed, or might have passed over in favor of another. So it was a pretty decent CD to have, and I anticipated them each month.
Then somewhere along the line it was announced they were going to change the content of the CD, and start offering all these utilities, and such. Well, it was ok at first, because we got to see a lot of cool utilities, really handy stuff. But as time marched on, the CD started to repeat itself. This, to me, shows laziness. I cant believe there is not a contiued flow of useful and cool utilities out there, even if it is just improvements on the same sort of utility, like a new video player that hits the streets, or a new calculator, or whatever. Something different.
Anyway, after a long run of subscribing to Maximum PC with the CD, I am finally (yes, I may be slow) considering changing to a non-CD subscription. But I do this with protests! The CD was really cool once upon a time. Please bring that CD back.
Thanks for listening.