Seattle Public Library offers free downloads of MP3-compatible digital music files through Freegal Music. The music files are DRM*-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. Cardholders are can access and download three free downloads per week with their library card number and PIN.
Freegal Music is an online database that provides access to songs from Sony Music. The database contains over 500,000 songs from Sony Music artists, including current hits like Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” classics songs such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more. New music is added to the collection daily.
How Freegal Music Works
- Library users have a weekly download limit, and may have a streaming limit as well. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. You must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips.
- The downloads all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple® App Store and in Google® Play.
- Music videos will cost you 2 of your allotted downloads. If you do not have 2 downloads available you will not be able to download a music video.
- The search engine is both a simple and advanced search, and will return results primarily by the album that the song is from.
To view, browse and download music from Freegal at Seattle Public Library
- Go to www.spl.org
- Click on Library Collection, scroll down and click on Digital Books & Media, and then find and click on Music
- Remember, you need to login using your SPL library card number and PIN. Now you can Browse the Freegal Music Collection.
From Mozart to Elvis to One Direction and Top Albums and Singles, it’s all there and it’s free. You’ll need to enter your library card number and PIN number to access the music.
Freegal Music Service is sold to Libraries for free use by its registered cardholders. The service is only available to subscribing libraries and members, and you must enter the Freegal Site via the Library URL. The Freegal Music Service is operated by a private company, Library Ideas, LLC of Fairfax, Virginia. For other questions about the service, please contact your subscribing library.
*Digital rights management, or DRM, is technology (such as embedded code) that is used to control piracy of digital content such as music and films.