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Adobe Angers Users With Its Savvy, Reckless Photoshop-Subscription Plan

Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe Systems, speaks in April
Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe Systems, speaks in AprilPhotograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Owning stuff is so 2008. Unless you use Adobe software.

Taking a cue from music platforms sites such as Spotify, Adobe Systems is now offering its software solely by subscription, rather than sales. Most notably, Photoshop now costs $20 a month, rather than $650, its recent shelf price. Those who bought the program recently will get a discounted rate.