Westchester Library System recently added a new service that allows patrons to download DRM-free music for free. The service is called Freegal, an amalgamation of the words “free” and “legal”, because that is exactly what it is. This is a free and legal way for people to access their favorite music, any time, any where, from the place they are familiar with, the library.
So the question I get the most is, “How is this free?” or “Is it really free?”. The answer is easy. It is free for the patrons to use. WLS has purchased this service and the owners of the music rights are reimbursed for our patrons use.
To start, download the Freegal app from your devices app store (i.e. Google Play on Android or the App Store on iOS devices). The app is free. From there, you find your library, enter your library card and away you go! Patrons get three downloads per week and can make wishlists for future downloads. Many patrons using the service already log in every week to claim their free downloads.
The next most common question I get is, “So how good is the music?”. ITS GREAT. There are millions of songs from tens of thousands of recordings artists. Everything from Pitbull to the Philharmonic is there waiting for your ears.
If you don’t have an Andorid or iOS (APPLE) device you can also download and listen on your computer. Visit the Westchester Libraries website, and click on the Freegal link.