Free music downloads are just a click away for Charleston County Public Library users. By going onto the library’s website and using their library card number, area residents can download the best from artists like Adele, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Miranda Lambert.
The library is adding downloadable music through Freegal (rhymes with legal) Music Service, which includes rock, hip-hop, top 40, pop, country, classical, reggae, jazz, blues, Latin and more. It all comes from the vast music catalog of Sony Music Entertainment.
The Freegal site allows users to hear a sample clip from each song before downloading, and it also keeps track of past downloads so patrons can easily manage their music files. Patrons can browse thousands of titles and download up to three items free each week. The week runs from 12:01 a.m. Monday morning until midnight the next Sunday night.
The files are downloaded in Mp3 format. Some devices allow direct downloads, but those using the Apple’s iPod, iPhone or iPad will first need to download the files into their computer then add them to their music iTunes music library.
To make it even easier, free apps are available for iOS devices in iTunes and for Android devices in the Google Play Store. Note: The Freegal iOS app for Apple devices at this time cannot transfer audio files outside of the application and device.
This service is an exciting addition to the library’s existing collection of free downloadable eBooks and Audio Books, both offered through Overdrive. The downloadable books include fiction, non-fiction and titles for children.
Freegal is part of Library Ideas, LLC, a global media company that provides solutions to better serve patrons in an increasingly digitized world. Serving public libraries, schools, universities and military bases, Library Ideas products are used by cardholders of over 1,000 libraries in the United States and abroad.
TIPS FOR DOWNLOADING
Make sure to Save it when prompted: When downloading, the user can Open or Save the file. Choosing to Open the file will allow the
user to listen to the song, but it must be saved to access it again in the future.
Use a Music Manager: Music Managers allow users to keep all of their music in one, easy-to-access place.
Adding songs to iTunesDownload the files to your desktop or to a music folder. Once downloaded, import the files into iTunes by it dragging into the window
or using the Add File to Library feature.
Adding songs to Windows Media Player If the song does not open in Windows Media Player, launch Windows Media Player and click/drag the song into the player or select File – Import File. For multiple songs, users can choose to Import Folder.
Music Manager Album Art: In Windows Media Player, album or track cover art is embedded in the file. With the most recent version of iTunes, simply click on the “Advanced” drop down menu and select “Get Album Artwork” for the song.
For more information on Freegal, visit the Charleston County Public Library’s website at www.ccpl.org and click the Downloadables button in the left-hand banner or contact the library directly at 843-805-6930.