I just went to the website and went through the bit where I say what Uni I'm at and it only knocked off about $50 Australianannadyne wrote:$149 if you qualify for academic discount - member or academic institution... staff, teacher, student... even a doorstop.
NOW bear in mind that the Academic versions of Logic Studio are NOT upgradeable... but for $149 I felt I couldn't go wrong - and I didn't.
Even though you can't upgrade from say, L8 to L9... you CAN get updates/ or bugfixes that are released, like L8.0.1 or 8.2.1 for example. (BTW those are currently fictitious numbers.)
Ok... so if you get academic, remember, you can't upgrade to Logic 9.
Like I said, SoundTrack Pro 2, alone, is worth it.
Hope this helps....
here's a link to a place I was able to get mine from when I worked at a college this past september.. they were friendly and prompt...
http://www.universitycomputers.com/ePOS ... design=210
I'm a Uni student