Friday, February 15, 2013

CALS now offering free music downloads through Freegal

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The Central Arkansas Library System announced today that patrons can now download up to three free songs per week through the music download site Freegal.

Patrons can log in through the Freegal site with their library card number and PIN. Once they're in, they can download music from over 10,000 different record labels, including the entire catalog of Sony Entertainment. Did we mention that it's free? As in: no dollars. The songs are delivered as mp3's, but patrons can also download Freegal apps, which are available on iTunes and the Google Play store.

Laman Library in North Little Rock also offers three weekly music through Freegal, which means that if you get cards from both, you can rack up a gadget and/or laptop full of perfectly legal tunes in no time.

Full press release about the new service on the jump...

CALS Provides Free Music Downloading Service

Get to know the new Grammy winners with CALS! The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is now providing Freegal, a music downloading service that allows patrons to download three free songs a week with a CALS library card.

Freegal, a service from Library Ideas, allows patrons to sign in with their library card number and PIN and download up to three free songs per week. The songs are downloadable in MP3 format and work with any music-playing device or software, including iTunes and Amazon. Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android, but patrons are not required to download any additional software to use the service.

Patrons may browse by artist or genre, and advanced search allows searching by song, album, composer, and label. Through Freegal, users will be able to choose from millions of songs from sixty-five different countries and thousands of labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment. Patrons can access Freegal through https://cals.freegalmusic.com, or by going to www.cals.org and clicking on the Digital Music Catalog link.

Library Ideas is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers music, eBook, and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite. Library Ideas was named "One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12" by EContent Magazine.

CALS libraries in Little Rock include: Main Library, 100 Rock Street; Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road; Fletcher Library, 823 North Buchanan Street; Oley E. Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court; Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive; Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle; Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street; and McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road. CALS libraries in surrounding communities include: Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Avenue, Perryville; Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Drive, Maumelle; Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main Street, Jacksonville; Amy Sanders Library, and 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood. For more information, call 918-3097.

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