This is the best info that's come in yet about the cost of Photoshop CC, from Rick Popham. It's accurate as far as I can tell.
"The Photography Plan (PS & LR) $9.99/month requires a yearly commitment which cannot be turned on and off as far as I know. (I've been unable to find any information about that on Adobe's website, but I'd be happy if it were true). You can get an individual monthly single app subscription to PS (or any of the apps) which you can turn on and off, but that subscription is $19.99/month. And yes, you can get a $29.99/month deal which gets you the whole shebang. But this is only available to previous customers who have CS3 or later. The $29.99 price is only good for the first year, after which Adobe will charge you the regular price of $49.99/month."
UPDATE from Rick Popham: "I have a correction to the information about the single app monthly plan: The $20/month price is for a one year commitment. If you want a month to month plan for a single app (that you can turn off and on), the price is $30/month."
I (Mike) subscribed to the one-year plan for $9.99 per month, for which you only get a 50% refund of what's remaining if you cancel.
UPDATE from Mike: I was contacted by Jeffrey Tranberry of Adobe, who says that Adobe will help if you have lost activations due to hardware failure or inaccessability: here's the link for that. Also, he says you can download and install Photoshop CC on as many systems as you like (Mac and Win), but that you can only use it on two of those systems at a time. Furthermore, a recent refinement is that if you log in on one system and want to use Photoshop CC, but find it's already activated on two other systems, you can sign out remotely from one or both of the other two from the computer you're on:
"When you log-in and encounter that you're signed in and activated on two other systems," Jeffrey writes, "you will be asked if you want to deactivate the other systems (similar to iTunes) so you can sign-in and start using the current system immediately. This eliminates lost activations from dead systems or systems you don't have ready access to. Cross platform licenses and roaming activation are both new features of Creative Cloud which hopefully adds a level of convenience not available before."
(Thanks to Rick and Jeffrey)
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Paul Bradforth: "What's not to like? I too am subscribed to this. You'll get every update to both apps without having to worry about a thing! Above all, it's so much easier than going the 'yearly update' route. You'll love it and I'll bet you never even think of cancelling!"
Patrick: "No sense beating a dead horse on the issue. You either like the concept, don't like it but tolerate it, or don't like it and find an alternative. I'm in the last category. I don't begrudge anyone who chooses to go with Adobe's new plan, but at the same time I don't want to be 'sold' or "convinced" how much better it is.
"For what it's worth: 1) Some people actually don't want every update that comes along. I've had plenty of 'upgrades' over the years that have ruined the software in one way or another. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 2) Some people are very uncomfortable with the overbearing requirement for constant connectivity in this world, and this is simply one more example of it. Call me reclusive, old fashioned, or just plain paranoid. I don't like having to be part of the collective just to perform the same tasks I've always been able to do independently. I could go on. No point."