Freegal Music 

Freegal Music is a free music service from Alexandria Library. All you need is your library card number to access about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. 


Download 5 songs per week- they're free, and yours to keep!

 

Alexandria Library cardholders can download up to five songs per week from the Sony music collection and other licensed labels for your personal use.* Choose from thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and millions of songs spanning over a hundred genres. Once you download the songs, they're yours to keep. Cardholders can also stream up to 3 hours of music per day. 

 

Song tracks are downloaded directly from your browser as MP3 files and then saved to iTunes or other music players. There are Apple and Android apps available for free to download and stream music. 

 

To get started, just click here and enter your Alexandria Library card number.


Tips

Use your Wishlist to create a running list of songs you want to download. 

View your History to see any songs that you have streamed or viewed in the past.

Create Playlists to have a prepared queue of songs to stream.


*Note that other copyright laws apply. The participating music labels have authorized customers of libraries subscribing to Freegal to download copies of the music for personal use. However, sharing the music file with others (for instance, by giving them a CD, emailing the file or making it available online or via a file-sharing network) - would likely violate copyright law.


FAQs - Questions? See if the answer is listed below, or ask a librarian.


General

What is Freegal?

Freegal® is a free music service from Alexandria Library. All you need is your library card number to access about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

Why are there limits on the amount of downloads I can make? What does “limit exceeded” mean?

The limit is set so that a maximum number of patrons may have equal access to the songs in the Freegal Music Service. The “limit met” notification appears in place of the download link when you have used all of your downloads for the week.

What’s the difference between Streaming and Downloading?

Downloading is capturing and keeping the file on a permanent basis. Streaming is accessing the file on a temporary basis, while being connected to the internet. Streaming gives you access to more music. You are permitted to stream up to 3 hours per day.


Technical

How do I download a song on my computer?
When you've found a song you want, click on the "Download" link next to your chosen song. At the prompt, select Save and choose where you want to save the song. If you're not presented with a prompt, try right clicking the link and choosing the option to save the link (i.e. Save Target As, Save Link As, or Download Linked File, etc.). This will let you choose where to save your song. Note: Anytime you click on the "Download" link, even if you decide to cancel or play it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.
Can I download a whole album?
The songs are only available on an individual basis. Over time, you can choose to download all the songs in an album.
Why does the counter say I've downloaded 3 songs when I'm sure I haven't?
You may have started a download then changed your mind and canceled it. Once you click the "download now" button, it can't be reversed. It will count towards your download limit even if you cancel or choose "play" instead of "download." To avoid this, please use the song samples to ensure you are downloading a song you want in your music library. We cannot credit a download.
Is there a download manager to install on my computer?

No, Freegal Music utilizes the browser to download music, so there is no need to install anything on your computer. That's one of the benefits of the site.

Is there Digital Rights Management (DRM) on the music files?

No! These files are downloaded as MP3 files which are compatible with any MP3 Player or device. You can transfer the music to any computer, MP3 player or even burn it to a CD. Copyright laws apply for all music downloaded.

My device crashed and I lost my music. Can Alexandria Library restore my library?

Because of our licensing agreements, we are completely unable to restore music libraries that have been lost. For this reason, we highly recommend backing up your files. For example, if you have your music library in iTunes on your computer, you could back up to iCloud so your music isn’t only on your computer. If you’re using iOS, you can also back up everything to iCloud. You could also use File Sharing in iTunes to sync the music on your iOS device with iTunes on your computer. For Android devices, you can backup files to a cloud service, such as Dropbox, to your personal computer, or to an external hard drive.

Again, once music is downloaded from the Freegal Music site, it is yours to keep and do with what you want. Backing up personal computing devices is always recommended, and if you elect not to do this, Alexandria Library or Freegal cannot restore your music library.

How do I get the songs into Windows Media Player?

When downloading a file in Windows, you are typically given the option to “Open” or “Save” the file. Select “Save” for the mp3 downloads, then once it’s downloaded you can click “Open”. If the downloaded song does not open directly into Windows Media Player, simply launch Windows Media Player then click and drag the song into the Windows Media Player window or simply Select: File - Import File. To select multiple songs Select: File - Import Folder. Select the file(s) you wish to add then click OK. The song will now appear in your Windows Media Player library.

How do I transfer songs via iTunes?

Freegal music has its own iOS Application that can be downloaded from the App Store. Some users may still wish to download songs to their PC and sync to their mobile device, as they will have the advantage of having a copy of their music their computer's memory.

Apple, the manufacturer of the iPhone and the iPad, has created their devices without the ability to download music directly, unless going through the iTunes store or using an approved application.

To get music on the iPhone, iTouch or iPad, we recommend the following procedure:
Download Freegal files to your computer desktop by doing the following:
1. Press “download now”
2. Press “save”.
3. Direct download to desktop.
Next, import the file into iTunes. We believe the easiest way to do this is: Open iTunes then drag the file from the desktop to the open application. The next time you sync your device the Freegal file will be both on your “home base” computer and your mobile device.


Mobile App Questions - The Freegal Mobile App is available for both Apple and Android Devices.

How do I get the Freegal Mobile App?

If you have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad/iTouch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for “Freegal Music” in the App Store or click here. If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will be able to search for “Freegal Music” in the Google Play store or click here.

As a precaution, while many Android devices successfully run the Freegal Music app, not all Android devices are compatible. Barnes & Noble tablet devices are not compatible with the Freegal Music app. For information on how to install the app on a Kindle Fire, please see the question “Is there an app for the Kindle Fire?”

What is the functionality of the Freegal App?

The Freegal App is designed to find libraries that have the Freegal Music Service, to store your login information, to search and browse the Freegal Music collection of your library, and to download, store and play your Freegal MP3 files. Currently, the Freegal Music App cannot export files to Itunes or any other software. Please refer to the FAQ "How do I backup Freegal Music from my iOS mobile device into iTunes?"

As a Freegal Music user, you can download a song again for the purpose of having a copy in your Itunes and in the Freegal Music App. You can do that within 2 weeks of your original download by accessing your library’s Freegal site via a computer, and accessing the “recent downloads” functionality on the navigation bar of the home page (HINT: you may need to log out of the Freegal Application to do this. You log out by going to “settings” within the Freegal App.

Is there an app for the Kindle Fire?

You can download the Freegal Music® app for your Kindle Fire through GetJar or through SlideMe.org Make sure you have enabled "Download from unknown sources" in the device settings. This is different depending on the model of Kindle Fire. The easiest way to access the app is to go to the site SlideMe.org and search for “Freegal Music”. You should be able to install from here without too much hassle. To use GetJar, make sure you have set the browser to optimize for mobile view. To do this on the NEW Kindle Fires, you open the browser, tap the menu button at the bottom, select Settings, and set "Requested website view" to Mobile. Then re-load the GetJar website, and search for “Freegal Music”. When you try to download it, check the status bar to see if there has been a download. If there has, tap it, and install. At this point, you should have the GetJar app installed. Open this, and search again for “Freegal Music”. This should allow you to download the app. Make sure to check the status bar for a download. *Note: The application will download, but will not install automatically. Once the file downloads, look for a notification indicating there has been a download. Typically this will display in the notification bar at the top of the screen, and you will be able to drag down from the top to view the recent downloads. Tap the download, and this will begin the installation process. Once installed, you will be ready to use the Freegal Music® app.

How do I find my local library in the Freegal App?

To use Freegal, you need to be a registered cardholder of Alexandria Library Once you have downloaded the App, the first thing you will see upon opening the App is a search box for libraries. In the United States, you can enter your home zip code, and a list will appear of current subscribing libraries within a 60-mile radius. You can also enter in the name of your library or the city in which your library’s main branch is located.

How do I login to the Freegal Music App?

Right after you select the library of which you are a patron, the login screen will appear. This screen requests your library card number. Alexandria Library does not request a PIN. Once you are validated, you will be in the Freegal App’s main area where you can browse, search and download music. If you have problems logging in, please ask a librarian.

How do I backup Freegal Music from my iOS mobile device into iTunes?

Plug your iOS device into your computer. Please select "Yes" if you see a pop-up asking if you trust this device. Open up iTunes and you will either see an area titled "devices" on the left side or a button with your device's name on the upper right side of your screen. Click on the device you have plugged into your computer. At the top of the screen you will have options like "summary, info, apps, music, movies, etc." Select "Apps." From there, scroll down to File Sharing and select the Freegal app. Once highlighted, you should view a file that contains the music downloaded from the app. For Mac users, ake that file and simply drag it to your desktop background. If you are using a PC, please use the "Send to" button to transfer files to your computer. This will save the music to your desktop.

Now that the music is in your desktop, you can move this music into your iTunes through dragging and dropping individual songs into iTunes. Now your music from the Freegal application is in your iTunes on your computer! From there you can move music anywhere you like!

How do I get music off my Android device onto my computer?

To retrieve music from your Android device, the easiest method is to plug your Android device into your PC or Mac. On a PC, once you connect your device, driver software should install automatically if not already installed. For troubleshooting on a specific device please check the Android forums, for example http://www.xda-developers.com/) it should be detected automatically. If not, open up Computer to see your device. Choose to browse Internal Storage, then open the folder titled “Freegal Music”. Inside this folder, you will see another folder labeled with your patron card number. This folder contains all of your Freegal Music downloads (songs and videos) that you’ve gotten through the Freegal Music app. Simply drag this folder to your desktop, and once the transfer is complete you can then move the songs and videos wherever you’d like on your computer. On a Mac, depending on the version of Android, you’ll need some additional software. For Android 2.3, you can plug the device in and select the option (on the Android device) to mount as a disk.

From this point you can find the device through Finder, open the device, then open the folder titled “Freegal Music”. Inside this folder will be your patron barcode folder. You can then drag this folder to your desktop. Once it copies, you can drag it straight into iTunes and iTunes should be able to sort your music. For Android 4.0 or newer, you can download the Android File Transfer software http://www.android.com/filetransfer/ . This software, once installed, will open automatically when you plug your Android device into your Mac. Once it opens you will see the file system of your device. Open the Freegal Music folder, and drag your patron barcode folder to your desktop. From there you will be able to move your music around your Mac and into iTunes.