Announced this week by the Lubbock and Peoria Public Libraries is access to a service both now offer called Freegal. Freegal is a music service offered through a subscribing library’s website, which provides access to over 7 million songs and more than 15,000 music videos. Over 5,000 libraries around the world subscribe to the service. It is provided through Library Ideas, LLC, a company based in Vienna, VA that stocks libraries with digital content (offering Freading eBook Service and Rocket Languages in addition to Freegal).
All that is required to access Freegal is a valid library card with a subscribing library. Free Freegal mobile apps for Apple and Android devices are available through the Apple app store and GooglePlay for cardholders of subscribing libraries. There are limits on number of downloads allowed weekly and on stream time daily. While MP3 downloads are restricted by amount weekly, they never expire and can be saved to mobile devices indefinitely. Freegal offers a similarly designed movie service, as well, that allows patrons of subscribing libraries access to thousands of movies and shows. For more on each library’s use of Freegal, please see these articles: Lubbock Freegal, Peoria Freegal.