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I feel bad, but I tweeted my complaints about the acquisition last night. I wish nothing but the best for Topfunky. He's done SUCH an amazing job. His screencasts are visually appealing, the audio is perfect, the presentation is amazing. I personally preferred the $12 ala carte model. Geoffrey would make these nice little preview videos for each of his broadcasts. Often I'd buy the video based on that alone (even if I wasn't sure I was interested in the content - Elixir is the most recent example)

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.

I think there's something to be said for both subscriptions and a la carte. Subscriptions make sense for content producers because it gives them recurring revenue. It also makes sense for consumers because they don't subscribe to learn how to do one thing. They subscribe for the guarantee of a consistent flow of knowledge -> long term learning. I think of a la carte video as the equivalent of a Stack Overflow Q&A. How likely are you to buy a $6, 15-minute video on how to do x with y the first time you see it? The real value comes when you have such a breadth of these 15-minute videos that the content library begins to form a comprehensive reference for various bite-sized pieces of knowledge that users will ultimately need.

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!


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