Local Libraries Offer Free Music Download Service
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) and the Henderson District Public Libraries (HDPL) announced they are now offering their library cardholders access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists through their web sites. Cardholders may download three songs per week through the new service, called Freegal, which will work with any MP3 player including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs.
“It’s very easy to use,” said LVCCLD Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich. “There is no software to download, and with no Digital Rights Management, our customers can keep all the songs they download—forever, for free. We think our customers will be thrilled with this new service.”
HDPL Library Director Tom Fay agrees. “Freegal will really increase the size and diversity of music we can offer our customers. With Sony Music’s catalog of 50 music labels there are hundreds of thousands of songs available in all the major genres.”
Users may search the Freegal interface for a particular artist or song title, or search by genre, such as rock, country, rap and classical. Every song has a sample clip to listen to prior to download. Freegal tracks the number of a customer’s downloads and “resets” the counter every Monday morning to allow three more downloads for the week.
Links to Freegal are available from the LVCCLD web site at www.lvccld.org and the HDPL web site at www.mypubliclibrary.com. The service requires a library card and a PIN, and an account free of fines and fees.
Don’t have a library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit the web sites above to apply online, or stop by any branch.