Library adding music (and other) downloads to free online services

by beth on March 18, 2020

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Above: The Southborough Library is bringing back a service for listening to streamed/downloaded music for free to help keep patrons from going stir crazy. (photos from Unsplash L-R by Joel De Vera and Sebastian Bednarek)

On Monday, I shared the Southborough Library’s online options for patrons with a library card. They’ve added one more.

(It’s actually a returning service that had lapsed. With so many patrons holed up at home now, it is being offered again.)

Freegle Music allows streaming of songs/music, audiobooks, and music videos. It also allows free downloads. 

The service also includes playlists. (For instance, if you’re still in a St. Patty’s Day mood today, they’ve got a great list for that. Listening this afternoon helped lift my spirits.)

Here are the details:

The Southborough Library is once again happy to offer Freegal Music to our patrons. Log in and stream and/or download music online here: https://southboroughma.freegalmusic.com.

The Southborough Library has joined thousands of public libraries around the world by subscribing to The Freegal® Music Service from Library Ideas, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders can download and stream a select number of MP3-formatted tracks each month for free. The library subscription allows access to the music.

The Freegal® Music service allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs, music videos and audiobooks from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide including Sony Music, Epic, RCA, and Columbia. Freegal® Music also offers a completely rebuilt mobile app and website which utilizes modern application practices to ensure an easy-to-use and enjoyable experience. The free application is available for library cardholders and can be downloaded in the Apple® App Store and Google® Play store.

The Library sent me pdfs to share with FAQs and instructions for downloading and using apps for devices.

I downloaded the app to my phone this afternoon for streaming and it worked great.

Still – you don’t actually need the Freegle app to use the service. You can stream from the website and you can move downloaded songs into other apps. When the Library previously offered the service, I used to download songs and move them into my itunes folder for playing on apple devices rather than using the Freegle app. When I wanted to play on a smart speaker, I just used the bluetooth from my phone. I also uploaded some to Amazon music.

For a reminder of the other online services the Library is offering to patrons, click here.

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