Have You Heard About Freegal?

I am in love with the library.  You can get books, videos, magazines, and children’s books basically anytime you want and it’s all free!  Not only that, now you can download music free and legally!  How, you might ask?

With Freegal!

What is it?

Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and some libraries utilize a PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of  subscribing libraries.

Are the Songs Really Free?

Freegal Music and the music you download are free in the sense that most things in your library are free to you as a patron of the library.   The service is underwritten by your local library.

What Can I Do With the Songs?

You can download them onto your computer, burn them onto a CD (for your own use) or put them on a MP3 device.

Pretty great, huh?

I was a little skeptical at first.  I figured it would be stuff from the Top 40 artists and some weird unknown Indian music.  However, I have been pleasantly surprised at the selection.  For my library, you can download 3 songs per week, but it might be different for other libraries.

Here’s a few titles I’ve recently downloaded:

  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Mighty to Save (by Worship Jamz)
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • Let the Praises Ring (by Totally Kids Worship)

There’s lots of great Christian artists such as:

  • Aaron Shust
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Mary, Mary
  • Third Day
  • Casting Crowns

Just to name a few!

So, take a look at your library’s website and see if you can get in on the action!

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