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Choice News WEDNESDAY, NOV 22, 2006  |  58 comments
Transfer Agent v5.4 -- Unattended Media Downloads!
Attention all PLUS and FULL members:

A new Windows-based utility is now available for our paying members (for more information about our services, please click here). We call it the SermonAudio Transfer Agent. This latest tool combines three previously separate tools into one! You can now do the following from a single, convenient program:

  • Download multiple MP3s or Videos completely unattended to your hard drive! Download an entire series of messages overnight while you sleep and listen to them the next day on the go! The downloaded files are now conveniently saved with the sermon's title!

    Only those sermons that have been tagged as "My Favorite Sermons" will appear in the Transfer Agent for batch downloading. Click here for help on adding sermons to your favorites list.

    New! Download via protected podcast feed! You can now use your favorite podcast program (ie: iTunes, Zune) to download all of your favorite sermons and videos as an alternative to the Transfer Agent! Learn more about this..

  • Upload multiple photos at once instead of having to upload one photo at a time. You can also easily add captions to each photo and preview the photos. Images are resized and thumbnails are generated automatically!

  • Upload AUDIOS, PDFs, or VIDEOS to your sermons on SermonAudio without the use of a web browser. This is only available to FULL (broadcasting) Members. This is the recommended method for uploading media to the site.

    New! More File Formats! You can now select more audio and video file formats to upload. MP3, WMA, M4A, WAV, WMV, MP4, M4V, F4V, MOV, MPG.

This tool is available only for PLUS and FULL members. For more information about becoming a member, click here. Enjoy!

If you are running Windows 2000/XP with IE 5.5+ installed, then download the following link and try running the utility! The ZIP file only contains the executable and so the filesize is fairly small..

Please note: This link will also be suitable for those who have already downloaded the full setup and are needing simply to UPGRADE to the latest version. Be sure to copy just the new EXE into your existing Transfer Agent folder.. (ie: C:\Program Files\ (77k)

However, if you are running with a prior version of Windows or if the above link does not work for you, then try installing the complete package by downloading from here (you will still need at least Internet Explorer 5.5 installed in order to use this program): (2MB)

Please let us know right away if you're experiencing any difficulties so we can fix any problems. Thanks and let us know how it goes. We certainly hope you'll continue to enjoy our services! And please consider supporting us through the PLUS or FULL membership services!

Linux Version Available: Paul R. Thompson has graciously created a 'simple command line Sermon Audio Transfer Client' for the Linux Operating System. At the moment you can only download sermons with it, but if you are interested in trying it, e-mail him at or download it here..

Linux Version 0.5 Available! An updated version of the Transfer Agent for Linux has been released which now allows one to also download VIDEOS as well as UPLOAD MP3 sermons (for broadcasters). You can download it at


3/10/14 - Version 5.4b is a very minor update which now eliminates the extra space found in the downloaded filename to keep it consistent with the download filenames from the website itself.

8/10/12 - Version 5.4 is a minor update supports many more allowable video formats for upload including M4V, F4V, MPG.

3/4/11 - Version 5.3 is a minor update that supports the M4A audio format.

10/27/10 - Version 5.1 is a minor update that now supports broader audio and video file formats for uploading including MP3s, WMAs, MP4s, M4Vs, etc.

8/14/07 - Version 5.0 is a major new release with little visual change but a significant back-end change that now supports uploading HIFI MP3 and Video content for HIFI-enabled broadcasters.

7/27/07 - Version 4.3 allows you to upload WMV video files that are encoded at the new higher supported bitrate of up to 340kbps.

1/8/07 - Version 4.1 is a minor change but a necessary one as a communication protocol has changed to match our evolving server back-end. You will not notice any difference visually, but it's something we needed to do. We apologize for the inconvenience of the necessary update. (Version 4.2 fixes a bug found in 4.1).

11/22/06 - Version 4.0 is a new major release with support now for batch photo album DOWNLOADS. This is ideal if you have a portable media player (such as the Zune or iPod) and you wish to take your photos with you on the go! The Transfer Agent will download all photos from selected albums and automatically create the necessary folders to keep things organized.

7/10/06 - Version 3.1 now includes support to save the login information so you don't have to type in your user/pass every time.

5/5/06 - With the upcoming support of VIDEO on SermonAudio, version 3.0 of the Transfer Agent is a major new release which supports VIDEO for multiple (batch) downloads in addition to the regular MP3s. Additionally, Full Members can now use the Transfer Agent to UPLOAD (and RE-upload) PDF and VIDEO files to their sermons along with the MP3 files. Other enhancements include improved stability and bug fixes. (v3.0a includes a number of minor bug fixes, v3.0b includes a fix for people with the "unexpected error" message).

6/14/05 - Version 2.6 introduced a minor cosmetic change upon request that now has a WIDER sermon selector for uploading the MP3 sermons (Full Members Only) so as to make it easier to read long sermon titles.

7/13/04 - Version 2.5 upon request has added two new minor features. First, there is now a way to "Select or De-Select All" items in the list for downloading with one click. Second, we've changed the way the downloaded MP3 files are named to make it even more beneficial for you to organize sermons with ease. The way the file is now named takes on the following format:

Year.Month.Day.EventCode SermonTitle - SermonSpeaker - SermonID.mp3

So for instance, '2004.05.23.E The Return of Christ - Rev. John Greer - 52304165925.mp3'. This naming convention will allow the files to be properly ordered on your computer by date preached. The "EventCode" field reflects the following codes:

A - AM Sunday Service
E - PM Sunday Service
M - Midweek Service
P - Prayer Meeting
R - Radio Broadcast
X - All Other Types

3/30/04 - Version 2.3 now includes the Sermon ID in the downloaded MP3 filename. This is necessary so that we can uniquely identify whether or not that particular sermon has already been downloaded. If it has, then the Transfer Agent will skip it in order to save your time and our bandwidth!

3/1/04 - Version 2.2 is a necessary "technical" change which contains minor enhancements to operate with SermonAudio's slightly-modified server infrastructure. There are no visible changes in this version but it is necessary nevertheless.

6/19/03 - Version 2.1 now supports optionally downloading from the mirror server if available. Please click here to read about the new mirror download server for our MP3 sermons.

3/31/03 - Version 2.02 now properly names and numbers the MP3 sermons downloaded so as to maintain the correct sequence. For example, if you are downloading a series of messages, it will now prefix the filename with numbers (ie: '001', '002', '003', etc) to keep the correct order.

1/20/03 - Version 2.01 is a minor upgrade which now allows you to select or un-select proxy authentication and provides slightly more informative debugging in case of errors.

8/9/02 - Version 2.0 did not undergo any visual change but an important technical change was made in order to support proxy authentication which a number of our users had requested. If you are behind a proxy or firewall that requires authentication for web access, you can now use the Transfer Agent!

7/2/02 - Version 1.16 now allows you to select an entire folder when uploading your photos into the photo album. Previously you could only drag-and-drop your photos into the Transfer Agent.

6/22/02 - Version 1.15 now provides support for uploading announcement clips (applicable for Full Members). You can include an announcement clip with your sermon if you wish. This must only be used for general church announcements and should not be any more than 5 minutes long.

6/1/02 - Version 1.14 now does not force you to specify a caption for each photo you wish to upload. Simply drag-and-drop your pictures, and upload them all instantly! Should help speed things up a bit!

4/10/02 - Version 1.13 now remembers the last download folder you selected so you don't have to select the same folder every time. This version also fixed a problem when trying to download multiple sermons with the same title. It now renames the title appropriately if this is the case.

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News Item1/25/09 7:12 AM
Les, Su and Catherine Booyse | England  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Les, Su and Catherine Booyse
I am having some serious problems downloading mp3 files from your site. About half of the files that I have placed in my Favorite Sermons are failing. I have even tried using a download manager that works really well, and it is unable to download those files that fail in Trandfer Agent.

This is one of the 'broken' mp3 files:
One Way to Heaven by Phil Fernandez

Some help, please?


News Item5/6/08 4:45 AM
ggsmit | johannesburg, south africa  Find all comments by ggsmit wrote:
To do this, go to the "My Favorite Sermons" section on SermonAudio and click on "Remove All" to clear out the list and start adding more.
Thank you VERY much - it is wonderful not to be able to get enough of God, EVER!

News Item5/5/08 1:35 AM  Protected NameFind all comments by
ggsmit wrote:
Great tool BUT!
How do I remove already downloaded material from the Transfer Agent (those in the list in 'step 1') apart from looking for it in the thousands of pages and de-selecting it OR re-installing TA every time I want to use it (although I'm not sure that that will solve the problem due to cacheing...)?
Any help here please!
God bless,
To do this, go to the "My Favorite Sermons" section on SermonAudio and click on "Remove All" to clear out the list and start adding more.

News Item5/5/08 12:45 AM
ggsmit | johannesburg, south africa  Find all comments by ggsmit
Great tool BUT!
How do I remove already downloaded material from the Transfer Agent (those in the list in 'step 1') apart from looking for it in the thousands of pages and de-selecting it OR re-installing TA every time I want to use it (although I'm not sure that that will solve the problem due to cacheing...)?
Any help here please!
God bless,

News Item4/19/08 11:26 PM  Protected NameFind all comments by
Unfortunately we do not have Mac support for the Transfer Agent at this time. The best option for Mac users might be to use Boot Camp to load Windows on the Mac to run Windows-only programs.

News Item4/19/08 8:02 AM
Koko Kefteian | Glendale, California  Find all comments by Koko Kefteian
How can I download multiple MP3's or Videos completely unattended by using a Mac?

News Item3/16/08 12:48 AM
Daniel Urroz | Crestline, California  Protected NameFind all comments by Daniel Urroz
Anything for Mac?

News Item12/19/06 9:50 PM  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by
When the Transfer Agent was first introduced, its purpose was simply to provide a simple method of downloading multiple sermons in batch. Over time, other features were added to the mix, but the focus was always to provide an easy method to "transfer" media back and forth from SermonAudio. We will continue to improve the tool as we are able.

As for the question regarding speaker, church name tagging, etc.. this is already being done by way of the ID3 tag embedded in the MP3. The speaker name, sermon title (short version), church name, year preached are all in the MP3 file itself. Whether or not you use the Transfer Agent, the tags should all be in place.


News Item12/19/06 1:46 PM
Jason Robert Schuiling | Ripon, CA  Contact via emailFind all comments by Jason Robert Schuiling,

I want to thank you first of all for this incredible ministry tool that you have provided.

Second, a few suggestions for the Tranfer Agent. First, it would be nice if it had more versatility like other windows programs, such as minimize and full screen options. Second, it would be great if the program had automatic track tagging options for use with WMP and iTunes. It would be a greatly helpful tool if the Tranfer Agent could translate the sermon information that the broadcasters provide into track tags. For example, the program could automatically assign the speakers name to the artist value, the church/member to the composer value, the series title to the album value, and the text/passage to the description value.


News Item11/27/06 5:31 PM  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by
The iPods do not accept the WMV video format. You will need to convert the videos yourself before you can watch them on your iPod.

News Item11/27/06 5:03 PM
John and Mariellen Gipson | Nashua, New Hampshire  Find all comments by John and Mariellen Gipson
Do the video sermons work on the new video IPODs?

News Item11/3/06 9:35 AM
Kathy Crabtree | Lucasville, OH  Find all comments by Kathy Crabtree
What "folder" am I supposed to select as my download folder? I've tried everything & nothing works.

News Item6/20/06 12:18 PM
David Eaton | Atlanta, GA  Contact via email
I cannot use the Transfer Agent at all. Every time I try I get a small box that says, "Unexpected Error."

The web site says that it requires Internet Explorer. Does IE have to be your default browser in order for the Transfer Agent to work?


News Item6/13/06 10:11 AM
Mark Hopper | Ocala, Florida  Contact via email
I just tried to upload a new message with the transfer program and now the program will not even start. It has worked fine till today. I went ahead and uploaded it the other way but I even uninstalled and reinstalled it and it still will not even load the program. Any ideas?
Thank you

News Item6/2/06 3:14 PM  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by
Please give it another try... I think you'll find it to work.

News Item6/2/06 1:13 PM
Paul Forrest | Liverpool, Great Britain  Contact via email
I've never had trouble with audio sermons appearing as they should on the Transfer Agent list. However, now I've added videos to my favourites, they show on the favourites list, but not on the transfer list. The audio ones still show.

News Item5/24/06 2:31 AM  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by

1) Be sure that you have the latest version of the Transfer Agent downloaded. That version is 3.0a.

2) Typically, problems like this are a classic case of some other program (running on your computer) that may be interfering with the Transfer Agent. Usually it's a problem related to a firewall program or some other sort of "blocking" program that may be running. Please try disabling any such programs temporarily and try again. Also, please be sure that cookies are properly enabled on your computer and browser.

3) If you are on dialup and have any kind of "accelerator" program running, PLEASE DISABLE all such "accelerator" programs as they are notorious for interfering with these types of programs.

Let me know if you're still having trouble getting this going.


News Item5/23/06 11:49 PM
Melvin Smith | Sauk County, Wisconsin  Contact via email
I got the transfer ageant to work once. After that, I get a message, "Unexpected error", and I can not use it. I have tried to uninstall it and reinstall it, but I get the same message. It was really nice the one time it worked. I wish I could figure out how to make it work again.

News Item2/21/06 1:17 PM
Phillip Nichols | Detroit Area, Michigan  
I like the Download Agent as start. Tomeit stilllooks likebeta or version 1.x software. 2 things that should have been in a v2.x by now. The ability to save your login info into an ini or reg entry to remember it later. and second, the ability to remove downloaded sermons from the favorites list. Most people using the program are only using the favorites list as a storage list of what to download. after downloading, I have to go to the webpage and remove all the favorites I downloaded or they end up back in the download list the next time. I am not going to keep 100 files in a single directory just so that they wont redownload and also have to look at 100 entries in the favorites list.

There should be an option or button to clear the favorites list after download.

It should not be automatic since I would not want to clear the list until I verified the downloads complete.

Thank You. hopefullythe next version will address this issue soon. But this is definitely a great start.


News Item12/20/05 12:47 PM
Terry Brown | Colorado  Contact via email
After I downloaded several sermons I began having problems similar to some of those described by other users. I found that when I would right-click on the MP3 or other download link and "Open in New Window" instead of "Save Target As" I was able to proceed with downloading more sermons. I hope this will help others who have been having trouble.
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