Buzz Out Loud Show Notes: I'm a scaaaary codec! Boo!

Buzz Out Loud Show Notes: I'm a scaaaary codec! Boo!

Happy Halloween! The treat today is that Slingbox is now available for Macs, and the Shuffle is finally shipping. The trick is that you might be getting spyware and icky viruses in some video codecs online. Tom's sexy devil costume was also a little frightening.



Greg in advertising
I think the YouTube ad channel is a great idea. YouTube is a better return on investment than a Super Bowl ad. If you search for Cascade and dog ad, you get the new Cascade ad.

Wesley from Austin
I was in Cincinnati about four months ago, and I bought a Seagate hard drive from Circuit City. There was a ceramic brick in the box when I got it home. I was afraid they wouldn't take it back. They'd actually gotten that before. Seems someone has been doing it in their distribution house.

Why FaceBook will survive--Cory in Orange County, Calif.
Yes, Tom, on Facebook, after you graduate college, you become an Alum and are still part of your college's network. And I have to agree with the Washington Post article. I attend a private university in Orange County, Calif., (Vanguard University) and hardly anyone here uses MySpace anymore. I still check my account on MySpace daily, but I no longer use it to talk to my friends. Everything now happens on Facebook. Why? I think this has to do with the fact that for the length MySpace has been around, they haven't really released new features. There have been minor enhancements here and there, but nothing that you can't live without. Although Facebook is the new kid on the block, I think it has a better chance of being cool for a longer time than MySpace because they are always releasing new features, their servers are fast, AND there are never any unexpected error pages like you see on MySpace all the time. Friendster was the original, MySpace came along and did it better, and Facebook has now trumped that. What's next? We'll just have to wait and see.

eMusic costs more!--HotBranch! in Montreal
On the one hand, eMusic is a bargain, even with the increase in prices (for the cost of a single CD, I can get the equivalent of two or three CDs each month). On the other hand, there's no explanation given for WHY the prices are going up. Usually a company will justify a cost increase with some mumbo-jumbo doublespeak about increased costs, a tight marketplace, etc., and no matter how lame it seems, it's at least something the consumer can point to. This increase is a complete mystery. Could it be that they are building up reserves to fight against possible industry-mandated DRM implementation? If the RIAA can't sue individual downloaders willy-nilly, might they be going after the download services? Love the show!