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Within a sermon transcript, you can use the buttons at the top to choose your audio format:
Troubleshooting Audio Playback and Downloading...
Listening to a sermon at Preach The Word should be as simple as clicking on the 'Listen' link or icon beside a sermon or at the top of a transcript. A popup window should appear with an audio player, which will automatically start playing the sermon (if it doesn't start, you might need to click the 'Play' button). If your browser is not compatible with our audio player, you may like to update it or try a different browser such as Google Chrome.
If our popup player does not work for you, you can download the sermon (see below) and listen to it in a separate program such as VideoLan VLC Player. You may first need to download and install the software (see below) - but it is likely that you already have an MP3 audio player of some sort installed. This player is free of charge, and once it is installed you can listen to audio from our site and many others. There are alternative players on our F.A.Q. page if you prefer to use those.
Downloading and Listening Offline:
- Once you have a Media Player installed, a sermon should play when you left-click on the 'Download' icon. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it may take around 20 seconds for the software to connect and 'buffer' the audio. Note: Clicking this icon plays the standard quality 32K MP3 version of the sermon, for a larger, higher quality MP3 version click on the '64K High-Quality MP3' link at the top of the transcript.
- Downloading (saving a sermon on your computer) and listening offline is highly recommended, as it removes the possibility of audio dropping out due to low internet connection speed.
- On most internet connections, it will take no more than a few minutes to download a message (depending on the length of the sermon and speed of your connection), faster connections should download a sermon almost instantaneously.
- To download a sermon you must right-click on the download icon for the MP3 audio format, and choose 'Save Target As...' from the menu which appears (or 'Save Link As...' in Firefox, Opera or Chrome) - be sure to remember the folder and filename you save the file to. If you have trouble downloading, or would like an even higher quality 64K MP3 audio file, visit the sermon transcript and use the alternate download links shown at the top (see diagram above).
- Once downloaded, you can play the sermon offline as many as times as you want - or even record it onto cassette or CD to listen elsewhere or give to a friend! The sermon will be saved as 'filename.mp3' in the folder you selected - if you can't find it try using the 'Search' facility on your computer or 'Find/Files or Folders' function - then type in '*.mp3' and hit Enter - this will show you a list of all audio files on your computer. Double-click on the one you want to play.
To listen to the sermons on this site, you may need a free Media Player application - this is normally already installed on your computer, but you can download one from the Internet. We recommend the free VLC Media Player, which will play any audio or video format and can be download for Windows, Apple and Linux computers. If you don't wish to install VLC, you can use the portable version, which will not affect other settings on your computer.
MediaMonkey, the completely FREE media manager will allow you to change files between Windows Media, MP3 and other formats, as well as easily create audio CDs of sermons.
We recommend using Star Downloader to enable you to pause and resume your downloads! Click the button (left) to download Star Downloader for free. Using this to download a sermon means that you can go offline in the middle of a download, reconnect later and resume the download where you left off.
Related Resources: How To Record A Sermon; Frequently Asked Questions
Still stuck? Our site has been designed with ease of use in mind. However, if you're still having problems and need a little guidance, either visit our F.A.Q. page or contact us with your query at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help.