A Missing Piece

The Good News

MegaVoice player, front and back Faith Comes By Hearing player with earbuds Renew World Outreach player with flashlight and strap
Various Christian ministries like Faith Comes By Hearing, MegaVoice, and Renew World Outreach have done effective, diligent work creating audio players that combine long play, durability, good sound quality and volume, easy navigation of book/chapter/verse file structures, and effective solar or USB charging.

Different models offer many additional helpful features -- flashlights and lanterns, speed control, volume to reach large audiences, multi-language support, built-in radios, recording capabilities, etc.

However, there is an unmet need.



A Hole in Our Outreach

Here are the approximate purchase prices for some existing players, showing the lack of players below about $20. Note: We've used a non-linear scale, to emphasize the issue, because lower price points really matter.

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Imagine if printed Gospel materials started at $20. There would be no tracts, pamphlets, broadsides, handouts, letters, printed sermons, Gospel portions, or inexpensive Bibles -- just nice $20+ hardbound books and Bibles. How much would the Kingdom of God have been set back over the past 400 years?

But for the vast audio-preference audience we have previously identified, more than half of the world's population, audio players typically cost $20-60, making them a selective, limited option -- ideal for pastors, teachers, and narrowly-targeted, or well-funded distribution.

So how do we reconcile that with the need for abundant sowing of seed?

An Intriguing Data Point

There are actually already numerous low-cost audio players available from global suppliers:
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Within this price range, though, each lacks one or more critical qualities -- reliability, construction quality, battery life, tactile/dependable controls, ease of charging or solar charging, sound quality or volume, navigation, protection of content, etc.

This does, however, raise a curious question. If you can buy an inexpensive audio player online -- with headphones, but no internal memory, no solar, and limited navigation -- for $2, shouldn't there be a Gospel tool with some of those missing elements for a bit more?

One that can be distributed like...seed?

Inexpensive offshore player with earbuds

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Could this be the time for a low-cost audio solution?