Should you buy Logic Studio Academic? Well if you plan on upgrading, I would advise against it since it's only 50 bucks cheaper and non-upgradable. Here's the break down.
____________________________________________________________ [b] Logic Studio [/b] [b]Logic Studio Academic[/b]
Cost of Logic Studio: $500 Cost of Logic studio academic: $450
Upgradeable! Non upgradeable!? Projected upgrade cost: 200 Projected next version cost: $450 ____________________________________________________________ [b] Logic Studio total: $700 Logic studio Academic total: $900[/b]
Ok, this math teacher needs to grade some papers.... I should make this my next test question :)
That's actually true of all academic software. That's why it's ";academic";. It's use is constrained to the non-profit, educational use. If you own a business, you need the full version. If you're writing for a high school you teach, you should be fine; it's an academic pursuit.
But as it was said, you have a very astute point about update paths. Some academic software does not allow for upgrades. That said, crossgrades are your friend! Even if you're licensed with one academically, the next software as a crossgrade is (AFAIK) legal. And since everyone here owns a version of Kontakt, many, many crossgrades are available! Check for sure, but for example, if you want a new, full version of Cubase 4.1, you can get it for $349 instead of $799 -- cheaper than academic even.