Freegal Downloadable Music
Freegal is a downloadable music service that the Westchester Library System subscribes to. All you need to access the service is your Westchester Library card. You do not need any special software to use the service and all songs are in MP3 format with no Digital Rights Management (DRM).
How it Works
The library has a weekly music download limit. From this limit, each library customer is given five (5) weekly music downloads, refreshing every Monday.
When this happens, the “download now” button is replaced with an “add to wishlist” button. Adding your music selections to the wishlist will place you in a “first come, first served” line to download the music after the limit refresh on Monday at 12:01 am (Eastern Time). At that time, simply visit the “my wishlist” page to download your wishlist songs or to remove a song from your wishlist. Every song has a sample clip that you can listen to before you download the song.
I Can Keep It?!
Yes! Believe it or not, once you download a song, it is yours to keep. You can transfer the songs to an unlimited amount of devices or even burn the music to a CD. It is yours to keep forever!
Freegal downloadable music is compatible with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs, smartphones (Blackberry and Android phones) and tablets (Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom and many others).
Apple devices cannot download music directly unless going through the iTunes store or using an approved application. To get music on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, we recommend the following procedure:
- Download the music files to your computer’s desktop:
- Press “Download now”
- Press “Save”
- Save your download to your computer’s desktop
- Import the music into iTunes:
- open iTunes and drag the files from your desktop into iTunes; the next time you synch your device, your download music files will be transferred to your movile device.
The Freegal site is not optimized for mobile access, so it may be difficult to navigate the site on a small screen.
Freegal provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalogue. There are hundreds of thousands of songs, in over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. The content is based upon an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment, owner of many different music labels.
Once you log into the Freegal Music website, you can browse or search for your favorite artists or songs. The navigation across the top of the page allows you to browse by genre or news articles. You can also use the quick search tool on the Home page to search by keyword in the artist or composer name, song or album title. Expanded search options are available under the advanced search.