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Free Legal Music Downloads Available Through Whitefish Bay Library

Whitefish Bay residents who have a library card can access more than 3 million songs through the Freegal Music Service.

Whitefish Bay residents are now able to download free music legally through a new program offered at Whitefish Bay Library.

Whitefish Bay Public Library has joined Library Ideas, a network of public library websites offering access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. The Freegal Music Service allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries. 

Under the terms of the agreement, registered library card holders who are residents of Whitefish Bay can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no direct cost on Whitefish Bay's Freegal page. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. 

“We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community. Freegal is compatible with lots of devices and is easy to use,” said Scott Lenski, Community and Adult Services Librarian. 

The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. “A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service.” 

Peter Marshall February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
This looks a little old school to me. I mean, it seems like a nice service, but it's too niche-oriented. I prefer to use streaming sites like music.torchbrowser.com, that really does the work for me :)
CowDung February 27, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Don't streaming sites require an internet connection? That's great if you are sitting at home, but most people don't have wi-fi access on their ipods and such when they are out and about...
CowDung February 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
That said, I'm wondering why libraries are getting into the business of buying music for people.
Vinny February 28, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Nothing new - they've been buying music for years. Go to any library and find a huge catalog of CDs and DVDs. Cassettes and VHSs before that. Blame it on a purpose to provide cultural resources.
CowDung February 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
This is new. Libraries have long bought CDs and DVDs for loan to library patrons. They buy one CD and many people could borrow it for a period of time and then return it. Now they are purchasing MP3 music files for library patrons to own (not borrow and return). They are literally buying music and giving it away to anyone with a valid library card that wants it.
Emily Anderson March 03, 2013 at 03:48 PM
You're right, Torch browser music totally rock. I like it a lot, thanks!
Emily Anderson March 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM
You're right, this site is great! I use Torch browser a lot and now with this new music streaming site, I'm even a greater fan.

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