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Is Focus Being "Mean?"

Thursday, October 14, 2010  | 

Over at FAIO, there is a bunch of people commenting on Focus being "mean" and "wanting money."  I don't think that's it at all though.  Focus has to have money to make Odyssey, and they get money by people buying their albums.  If everybody just listens for free, then Focus can't continue it's ministry.

And FAIO has a LOT of listeners.  If you read their October 8th post, you'll see that they have 1000 new visitors each month!  (At least that's what the post says.)  There are over 6000 users!  That's over $150,000 dollars that Focus is losing if all these people listen at the site instead of buying the album!

One of the users said the following "...fotf just wants money? they aren't just christians wanting other people to be christians..."  Another user said this: "Honestly, what is more important to FOTF, to have kids (and adults too!) able to listen to a wonderful show that teaches lessons about the bible, or money..."  

A lot of people want the webmaster of FAIO to "fight" FOTF and try to keep the episodes.  But Focus isn't just interested in making money, and they aren't being mean.  They're just trying to make wholesome, quality entertainment for families to listen.  And I for one would rather listen to buy new episodes (and listen to them on the radio) than have access to old ones for free, and have Focus stop making episodes.  I appreciate the comments of Emily and himi34.

Please tell me what you think in the comments.  I'm very interested to know what the rest of the blogger's think on this subject.


Jessa ( October 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM )  

I totally agree, FOTF can't make AIO for free!

Austin Peachey ( October 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM )  

Focus is really nice,not mean. Other companies would maybe sue but Focus doesn't. I wish that FAIO would shut down and stop losing money for AIO!

Original Joe ( October 15, 2010 at 4:08 PM )  

I think the whole argument is ridiculous. Austin is right, Focus could sue FAIO for probably hundreds of dollars and have them shut down. By the way, nice article Luke!

Original Joe ( October 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM )  

Did you see this? "Focus On The Family Has removed most of the episodes we had listed. We went from having 99% of available episodes, to less then 20%." Or this? "FOTF PULLING PLUG ON FAIO."

Luke ( October 16, 2010 at 6:13 PM )  

@ Original Joe: Thanks. And yes, I did see that. If u haven't been on FAIO recently, there's a virtual war going on. There's even name calling going on!

GS ( October 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM )  

Just remember FAIO does not host the files they just link to already existing files including ones focus posted. If focus dosen't want people linking to episodes they should take the files down not just remove them from the player.
Focus wuld not have a lawsuit on FAIO at all because they don't host the files so I don't think Focus should Sue them and I am sure they will not.
The Big One

Luke ( October 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM )  

@ GS. True, but if Focus asked FAIO to take them down, don't you think FAIO should comply out of respect for Focus? After all Focus DID make the episodes and it's not nice to take advantage of them just because they're a good company.

GS ( October 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM )  

How can they take a file down that they never posted?

B ( November 19, 2010 at 10:32 AM )  

WOw this is really get like Political!!! LOL

lukeforsee ( August 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM )  

Their whole attitude has been like "FAIO will stay up no matter what anybody (including Focus) says. One fan said that if Focus ever shut them down, that he knew how to download the whole site and they could just start it up again. When FOTF "pulled the plug on FAIO" the webmaster didn't stop, he just started looking for more episodes to upload. And they link to illegally uploaded episodes (such as YouTube.) Focus asked me to remove the banned episodes! The episodes that they don't even make money on! Don't you think that if they care about these eps, they care about the ones they can actually make money on?

Jordan Greene ( August 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM )  


lukeforsee ( August 12, 2011 at 7:03 AM )  

I emailed Nathan Hoobler and he didn't see to have a huge problem with the episodes listed on FOTF's servers, that were just linked to from FAIO. His problem seems to be episodes hosted on YouTube and Grooveshark.

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