While I DO think subscription based courseware has its place. I hate having to create an account (with a Captcha - can we PLEASE get past that?) AND enter a credit card. They say it's to protect them against piracy... but think... how does that work? Their videos appear on torrent trackers and they know it was you and charge your card? (I admit, I have no idea)
I have a degree in graphic design, so I've always appreciated just how much artistic flair Peepcode had. I find Pluralsight so much less appealing.
I feel it now leaves a void. Maybe Ryan Bates will start doing more than just Rails.
This is what my co-founders and I trying to do with Bitcast(https://www.bitcast.io). We're finding that model works well, and it definitely offers both consumers and content producers a different business model to interact with.
Would love to hear what you think!
I've always loved PeepCode's focus on design and I hope that Geoffrey brings some of that influence to PluralSight. From the little bit of poking around on their website that I've done, I think they could really benefit from this. What they have feels very "clipart" influenced with little style.
"Offline viewing allows you to cache up to 30 course modules on your mobile device. Simply choose the modules you want to watch offline and our app will cache them on your device. It's super simple. Each module will automatically be deleted after 30 days (or when you no longer have a Plus subscription) and you can always choose to delete them manually to make room for more."
They reach into your device to pull stuff off! Ugh.
No single purchases either, because they don't actually sell anything.
Here's hoping that the OSS, no-DRM, buy-to-own ideas from PeepCode take hold at PluralSight.
Other than that, I've been a happy subscriber to PluralSight going on a year now probably and a credit addict at PeepCode for years. One thing I've always wished about PluralSight was that it covered open source topics as timely and nuanced as it does .NET topics, and one thing I've always wished about PeepCode was that it plowed through it's old 'Upcoming' list a lot faster. This move at least seems like a perfect match and so I'm very happy for both sides and to be a customer.
PeepCode's screencasts and other materials are great. They are extremely focused high quality productions that merit more than a single watch to appreciate all the insights. Wishing you all the best with the acquisition and future work!