Freegal is a downloadable music service available from the library. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog, it offers over one hundred genres of music without having to download special software or dealing with any digital rights management (DRM) issues. The Freegal site offers thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and hundreds of thousands of songs . The content is based upon a license with Sony Music Entertainment, owner of fifty-four different music labels. You can read more about Sony and its artists at www.sonymusic.com.
How do I sign up for Freegal?
Pick up an application form at the Library or download one here, and turn it in at the circulation desk.
An email message will be sent to the address you filled out within 24 hours of being registered.
Now that I have the message, what do I do?
If you want to download music to your phone or ipod you’ll need to download the free Freegal App from iTunes
for iPhone/iPod or the Play Store for an android device.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, use your email address and the password sent from Freegal to sign into your account.
You are then free to browse the entire collection and download up to 5 songs per week.
To Download Music to your computer:
1. Open the confirmation message that has arrived in your Inbox. This message will contain the link to the Freegal website, your username (which is your email address) and a randomly generated password.
2. Click on the link to the login page (after the Freegal page loads, don't forget to bookmark it so you can get back to it later).
3. Enter your email address and password.
4. You now have access and can search for music based on Genre, Artist, Album and Song title.
5. When you find the song you want, click on Download. You will then be prompted to save the file. If you are on your home computer, save the file whererever you like. If you are accessing your account through another computer, make sure you have a flash drive plugged in and then save your file there.
All patrons receive 5 downloads per week. This will reset from week to week.
There is no DRM or other protection on the music files. You can keep the song for as long as you like. Once downloaded, you are free to transfer the file to any computer or mp3 player in your possession. Zune or iTunes may be required to load music onto Zunes or iPods. Please consult the directions for loading music on to these devices.