I really don't want to throw gasoline on the fire here, but an interview with dpreview to "eliminate" some of the myths opened up something. While Lightroom 5 will be like the others (standalone license), here's a quote from the interview: "We don't have plans to make Lightroom a subscription-only option but we do envision added functionality for the CC version of Lightroom." Lightroom CC is already being planned. ; Basically the future is that LR5 will have the five new features they've discussed but when the next best thing comes out, like their planned "post shot camera shake reduction" feature, you'll need Lightroom CC to get it. Which is part of Photoshop CC, available for $29.99 a month, or $240 a year on a contract. ; Because Adobe knows this is irritating everyone, if you have CS3 or higher, it's only $120 for the first year, which includes LR CC. http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/05/08 ... otoshop-cc A semi-amusing part of this was Adobe's push to get DNG to be the universal RAW format. ; Who uses DNG without Adobe products? ; It would be like your PSD files being unusable because you couldn't afford the monthly payment to Adobe...imagine your RAW files being locked down too.