Thursday, March 21, 2013

Freegal’s Coming To Library!

The Greenville Public Library is soon offering a new service called Freegal – which will allow patrons to download music for free. They will have access to almost 3 million MP3 songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music Catalog - today’s top artists, a fantastic retrospective collection, and music from around the world.

There is a limit of downloading three songs a week which if done every week provides a patron with a savings of around $156 a year - since most songs otherwise cost 99 cents a piece. These downloads are completely legal and you can keep them forever (they do not expire). Here’s how Freegal Music works:

  • From the Library website go to the Freegal Music link or go directly to the Freegal Music website.
  • Enter your library card number and PIN to download up to 3 songs per week. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out the new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices!
  • Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially Artists A to Z (on the "see all genres" page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on “see all genres” to view dozens of categor-ies.

The beautiful graphic above was created by librarian Reuben Kennet. Posing as they rock out on their new downloads are librarians Ed Cornell and Stephanie St. Myers (top) and Lauren Cline and Reuben (bottom).

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