Too big for 1995 perhaps, but for me right now that’s ALMOST TEN MINUTES of downloading (granted, under ideal conditions). Ok we have contention ratios, congestion, server bandwidth and so forth, but even if we triple that, it’s still acceptable. Bear in mind this should be measured against literally DAYS to physically transport a piece of plastic.
Secondly we have the fact that I (and no doubt there are others like me) have absolutely no interest in Halion whatsoever. If it was part of a download purchase I might not even bother downloading it. I certainly wouldn’t be wanting to download it immediately. In fact I don’t see why you couldn’t lower the price of Cubase and offer Halion as a paid optional extra. So there is 3.5GB of data that is not required right there. How much is the main installer going to be? Looking at the FTP server, Mac updates (which are essentially the full install of the app) weigh in at around 100MB. In this day and age that’s insignificant. In fact let’s see how long that takes me to download that right now - downloading 5.5.2 - go: Done. In 21 seconds. The fact I can just do this in the middle of writing a forum post I think illustrates pretty well just how quick and painless this should be.
Going back to ‘too big’, this might be true for your existing server capacity right now, but how much does it cost you to send a box of paper via courier? What cost is there to the environment for all that fuel burned? Chemicals involved in the manufacture of DVDs and printing ink? Cost of storing all those boxes in warehouses? Cost of disposing of unsold stock when a new version comes out? Cost to the environment as they end up in land fill?
Sure, your servers might not be up to the load right at this moment during a product launch, but there are companies who specialise in that area that can help you with that and I guarantee you it will cost significantly less than the alternative.
Think of the benefits - you put the software on your distribution servers, and sit back while the money rolls in. Users never have to put up with waiting and the concept of ‘out of stock’ is simply ridiculous. Can you imagine going to iTunes to buy an album and being told ‘sorry it’s out of stock’? Actually excuse me for a moment - I’ve been waiting for an album to be released and I just reminded myself that it’s today - Done. (This if anyone is interested). See how easy that was?
Upgrading Cubase should be that simple. You would make a FORTUNE in minutes. Your users would LOVE you.
I know you say it’s a work in progress - I look forward to being able to upgrade minutes after reading about a new version.