The Lubbock and Peoria Public Libraries announced this week that they will now offer access to a service called Freegal. Freegal, a music service offered through subscribing libraries’ websites, provides free access to over 7 million songs and more than 15,000 music videos. Over 5,000 libraries around the world subscribe to the service. Freegal’s service is provided through Library Ideas, LLC, a company based in Vienna, VA that stocks libraries with digital content and offers services like 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 stream time daily. While mp3 downloads are restricted by weekly amount, they never expire and can be saved to mobile devices indefinitely. Freegal offers a similarly designed movie service that allows patrons of subscribing libraries access to thousands of movies and shows. For more on the Lubbock and Peoria public libraries’ use of Freegal, please see these articles: Lubbock Freegal, Peoria Freegal.