What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service, like iTunes, available from
your library. All you need is your library card number. With
access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of
thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50
record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and
there are no digital rights management restrictions.
I am unable to login when I enter my card number. What should I do?
First, be sure you have entered the entire 14-digit library card
number. If you have done this and are still unable
to log in, please check your account to be sure your card is up-to-date, has less than $5.00 in fines, and you don't have outstanding materials .
How much music is on this site?
New music is added daily, but it's safe to say that there are
thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and hundreds of
thousands of songs. The Freegal site has more than 100 genres of music
and is rich in many of them. The content is based upon a license with
Sony Music Entertainment, owner of 54 music labels. You can read more
about Sony and its artists on the Sony Music website.
How many songs can I download?
Up to 3 songs per week may be downloaded.
How will I know how many downloads I've used?
At the top of the Freegal site is your download counter. If it says
1/3, for instance, you have 3 downloads for the week and you have used
How do I download a song?
When you've selected a song, click on the "Download Now" link next
to your chosen song. At the prompt, select "Save" and choose where you
want to save the song.
If you're not presented with a prompt, try right-clicking the link
and choosing the option to save the link (e.g. Save Target As, Save Link
As, Download Linked File, etc.). This will let you choose where to save
your song. If you do not or cannot choose the location, your song could
be saved anywhere, depending on how you have your web browser and
computer files set up. If you're not sure, find out before you download
to save time and frustration.
Music is downloaded in an MP3 format and, once downloaded, can be played, transferred or burned to a CD.
Songs downloaded on Danbury Library computers must be either saved to the public share drive and then emailed to a personal email address OR saved to a thumb drive. Danbury Library computers do not have the capability to write to a CD.
(Important Note: Any time you click on the "Download Now" link, even if you decide to cancel it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.)
Why won't my phone or iPad store Freegal music downloads?
The songs that you try to download from a mobile device will need to be downloaded again on a computer to be added to a playlist. Since all of Apple's iOS based devices (iPods, iPhones, and iPads) are not normal storage devices, the Freegal songs cannot be stored on mobile devices. To save data requires a different type of access to the Freegal system. When you access the site from a mobile device and hit the Download Now button, the song will be streamed and it will probably play once. However, the rules Apple has in place will not allow it to be stored on an iPad or phone. MP3 files need to be loaded into iTunes on a computer and synced with the mobile device. Please note: Library computers do not have iTunes installed.
Will the songs downloaded work on the iPod or iPad?
Yes. The easiest thing to do is to download the files to your desktop or your music folder. Import the song into iTunes by either dragging the song into the window or importing it from the menu. Presto, the song is now added into your library. Next time you synch up, you will see that song in your music library.
Can I download a whole album?
Songs are available on an individual basis only. You can choose, over
time, to download all the songs on an album. Listening to song samples
can help you decide whether you want all the songs on an album.
What is the song sample?
The song sample is to the left of the song title. The sample allows
you to preview a song, so you can decide whether you want to download a
new song. To listen to the sample, click on the arrow to the left of the
What are the different ways to search for a song or artist?
The Freegal site is set up to browse or to search. You can use the
bar across the top to browse by genre or by suggestions. You can use the
grid at the bottom right to browse by artist in alphabetical order. You
can search by artist, song, album or keyword. Expanded search options
are under "Advanced Search."
Start by browsing
Choose "See All" under Genre to see how the music is organized.
Artists are listed alphabetically by first name, and groups with names that begin with "the" (The Flatliners, for example) are found under "T".
Don't give up immediately if you don't find what you're looking for. Artists/performers may not be listed where you expect them to be.
Use the advanced search if you get few or no results.
If you have any comments or questions regarding this new service, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you to the Friends of the Danbury Library for funding this exciting new service.