Buzz Out Loud 815: The HTC Dream and the death of grammar

The introduction of the G1 phone (the HTC Dream) is very nearly overshadowed by the marketing decision to destroy perfect innocent words in the commercials for it.

Molly Wood Former Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
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The introduction of the G1 phone (the HTC Dream) is very nearly overshadowed by the marketing decision to destroy perfect innocent words in the commercials for it. But we do eventually get around to discussing the features, the delay of Windows Mobile 7, electric cars from Chrysler (for real!), and SanDisk takes a beating.

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What’s most funny/tragic about SanDisk’s slotMusic fiasco is that the company tried this almost exactly three years ago. Remember “gruvi?” That was music on flash memory, but it was even worse… the music used a proprietary DRM format and cost $40 per card! I’m wondering if it’s less the labels trying to resurrect physical music sales and more SanDisk desperate to foist its memory on us whichever way it can.
These are the folks who sell a whole range of music players with microSD slots, after all.

Much love,

Ottawa, Canada

JaMo_ _ (Input todays guest host), In reference to episode 814, concerning the new music format you trashed, I hope that I am not the only one defending it, but I feel I need to supply a view for those of us who would support it.

Much like the connection to a Land Line that you were talking about recently, I like the dependability of a physical copy. I like the idea that I paid for this, and even if my hard drive crashes, I still have my music. If I make the mistake of ripping all my music in WMA format, and switch to a Mac, I can put that CD in my MacBook and save it as MP3 (still working on finishing that project). If the computers take over the planet and I have to live in the sub-terrain to avoid the Matrix, I can slap something physical into a music player and listen to it without connecting to ‘the cloud’.

I like the idea of the cloud for many things, but the thought of the time needed to backup all my music makes me shutter, and brings me back to the hard drive crashing idea again. I’ll agree with you that the storage method is a question (I won’t keep them in my pocket), and a Micro SD is too small. I think a standard SD would be perfect. Still very small, but large enough for some album artwork, or artist and title. One CD case could house what, 40-50 SD Cards. But it seems Micro SD’s are more prevalent in Phones now and that may be their reasoning.

I just look forward to the day when we don’t have 100 pounds of CD’s and I can physically store all of my future music in something the size of a Velveeta box. But, let’s be honest, this will disappear faster than Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account.

Go Bobcats!


I want the music companies to start making MP3 CDs. I would love to be able to buy the top 100 songs for the year on one CD. It would be totally awesome. I would love to get the CD case with the CD art and maybe a special collector magazine or book to go along with the CD. I do not understand why the music companies have not tried MP3 CDs.

Oh yeah they are scared would drag-and-drop the files onto your computer. Which is totally different than ripping a CD and turning it into MP3 files.

If the morons at the record companies would make MP3 CDs they could fit all of an artists’ greatest hits onto one CD. If they would make a MP3 DVD, they could fit a decade of music onto one disc. Most DVD players also play MP3s, and most people have their DVD player hooked up to surround sound.

The record companies are freakin’ morons.


While my wife was on the (shared) laptop this weekend I noticed that she was browsing through my Facebook page! I mean come on! Granted, it’s my fault for saving my password… although it’s probably all Chrome’s fault for displaying my recently viewed pages and tempting her into clicking on Facebook… but anyhow… although there is nothing that I would not want her to see on my Facebook page… she did not seem to understand that it’s just RUDE! I told her to get her own Facebook page and I would think about letting her be my friend… but why would she do that when she can just look at mine.

Am I overreacting?

Love the show…

~ Frustrated Facebooker