The Cook Memorial Library is pleased to announce that the Freegal Music Service has been added to the growing list of programs offered by the library. Cook Memorial Library Director Kip Roberson said, “Freegal is kind of like Spotify or Apple Music, where you can create playlists and stream music. I often find that Freegal Music also helps me discover new artists and recall songs that I have long forgotten. Freegal also allows me to go back and rediscover those songs and artists! I use this service almost every day and I’m certain our library patrons will use it often too!” Anyone with an active Cook Memorial Library card now has free access to over 15 million songs from more than 28,000 labels, including the Sony Music catalogue. With the Freegal Music Service, Cook Memorial Library cardholders can:

  • Have a weekly download limit of three tunes and a streaming limit of three hours daily. Library cardholders can keep track of individual download selections in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip that you can listen to before completing a download, but you must be logged into the website to enjoy the sample clips.
  • Enjoy easy access: Library cardholders can start by going to the Library’s Freegal website at Downloads on the website are in MP3 format; also available are music videos in the MP4 format. Users will also discover an eclectic collection of eAudiobooks. 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 Google Play. Library staff can assist patrons with their first download and/or set up an app for their device.
  • Enjoy music videos, which cost two of your allotted three weekly downloads. You’ll be unable to download a music video without two available downloads.

In announcing this service, Roberson stated that “Freegal Music is an online service that should have broad appeal to all age groups. For example, churches and child care centers may be interested in children’s songs for education and entertainment; teens might have an interest in current pop or country music; adults may enjoy classical, jazz, gospel or show tunes.” Roberson noted that the music downloads obtained from Freegal are the patron’s songs to keep permanently. The collection of music that one downloads stays permanently with the individual. And what about that peculiar name? “Freegal rose in popularity in public libraries when illegal music download sites like Napster were all the rage and library patrons were ripping copies of library-owned CDs – a violation of copyright laws. Freegal derived its name from the words “free” and “legal,” Roberson said. The Cook Memorial Library anticipates a positive reception from the community regarding this new service and the library’s staff looks forward to assisting library patrons in an introduction to great music. “Tis the season of giving,” Roberson concluded, “and the Cook Memorial Library is giving the gift of free and legal music streaming and downloading to its patrons!”

For more information about this and other library programs, please contact the library at 541-962-1339.

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