All Software products are Chicken System products are physical products; however, you can download a temporary build that you can use immediately after ordering. It is fully functional but it expires by the time you get the packaged product. It's the best of both worlds; great for convenience and eliminates the need for overnight shipping. But the CD/DVD is mandatory, it's the way the product is currently distributed, enables the copy-protection, and (best for you) it enables installation/reinstallation on any and every computer you use it on without any assistance from us or anyone else. You become the true owner of your program.
If you are concerned about the extra cost, consider that if we adapted our programs to be distributed only by download, that technological cost would be passed onto you anyway and you'd pay about the same amount anyway. Think of it as cost of distribution. And also, in cases of international shipping, we only put the declared cost as $10 on the custom forms, so taxes/duties are minimal.
Also (only in regards to non-US/non-Canada shipping) we offer a $7 discount if you purchase only one software title and you don't mind us not including the plastic box the CD/DVD comes in. (All covers and literature and CD/DVD are included.) Just specify verbatim "low cost shipping" in the Comments section and we will credit you after the purchase $7. This comes in as a separate item in your card account at most a couple weeks post order. This cart software doesn't allow this type of thing, so we have to do it post-purchase.
If you don't have an internal optical drive on your computer, just get a USB external - they are very inexpensive and come in handy (we are musicians, after all). You can also make an image of the CD on a computer that does have an internal optical drive, then move the image to your non-optical computer and mount it. Remember the CD/DVD is only needed on authorization.
We understand that CD/DVD's are on the "outs", but not quite yet, especially in the music industry. We are moving to a different distribution method, but the whole package hasn't presented itself yet.