I have a large suite of Steinberg products, and a constant hassle going back-and-forth between my desktop and my laptop. Yes, I can “just” move the dongle (and I do), but in day-to-day life this is actually a significant hassle compared to all my other softwares, which are boot-and-go without exception.
For the cost of buying a 2nd Cubase license, I can darn-near (or actually, depending …) buy the “competition” instead, and the “competition” let’s me have my desktop and my laptop licensed at the same time without any operational issues at all (and no risk of losing or damaging a dongle either).
Even if I were to somehow once accept the cost of buying a 2nd license (or licenses) to run Cubase Pro (and/or other my Steinberg products) on my laptop and desktop both, the forever-after costs of keeping TWO sets of licenses current through upgrades year-after-year is absolutely unacceptable. It’s just not going to happen.
The “competition” does not confront me with this issue at all.
I would say it’s now “standard industry practice” for all serious software to allow users to be licensed for and operate on at least two computers (e.g. base machine, and laptop). “Standard” that is, for practically everyone except Steinberg!
Please end this 2nd class treatment of your customers, Steinberg, it’s the best (only) way to keep them!