This Upgrade version allows you to upgrade from any previous Edition of Siblelius (1-7) to the current perpetual licence version at a reduced price and includes 3 years of support and upgrades.
Sibelius has made a complete overhaul to how you buy your Sibelius software. Featuring a new model with monthly and annual subscriptions or a perpetual licence, all sofware updates will be available as and when they are ready rather than piling up for a big Sibelius"x" release. As a result you will now always be up to date with the latest tools and workflow enhancements to help you make music creatively.
The Perpetual Licence
The Perpetual licence offers customers a one-off fee to own a version of Sibelius licence forever. With this licence you will get 1 year of upgrades and support. After this first year you can decide to keep these updates and support going for a recurring annual fee, or you can keep your current version of the software. This is the cheapest way of owning Sibelius, but bear in mind that you need to keep this going and once that annual upgrade date has been passed, you will then need to buy a new copy of sibelius to get the new updates. For example, you can't skip a year of updates and then pay the 2nd year to get all the updates you missed.
What Is Sibelius
For years gone by, Sibelius has been the go-to piece of software for music notation and scoring. As it evolves through the 21st Century, Sibelius is increasingly becoming a professional composition and music production tool as well thanks to the integration of high quality sound libraries (Sibelius 8 contains 36 Gigabytes of sounds!) and connectivity to other audio applications like Pro Tools, as well as sharing services such as SoundCloud.
Avid Sibelius introduces more features to enable the audio representation of your score to be as expressive and dynamic as a performing musician. Being able to add these nuances into your score, and into the playback you hear, ensures that your compositions translate to live performances better than ever before.
And of course, Sibelius' ability to produce musical score in almost any different style you can think of - classical or pop, formal or fun - ensures that it keeps its place atop the working musicians' pedestal as the number 1 application for notating music on PC and Apple Mac.
Here's what Avid say about Sibelius
Sibelius is the world’s best-selling music notation software, offering sophisticated, yet easy-to-use tools that are proven and trusted by composers, arrangers, publishers, educators, and students alike. And with the new Sibelius, you can access the software in more affordable ways than ever. And with the integrated Annotate feature, multi-touch gestures, Surface Pro 3 pen support, and more, Sibelius enables you to express your creativity in brand new ways, whether composing for a live performance, movie, television, media entertainment.