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Column: Download music legally with library service

| Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

Are you looking for a way to download songs immediately to your computer, smartphone or device and you want to make sure it is legal?

There has to be a way to download songs legally to your computer or device, right? Have no fear — the library is once again here to help.

We have an eResource called Freegal. With Freegal you are able to download five songs per week. Songs can be downloaded to your device through the Freegal App or to your iTunes or Windows Media Player.

The way Freegal differs from other music streaming services the library offers, such as Hoopla, is that you can download and keep the songs. Songs do not disappear off of your device after a certain time.

To get started, visit your local library's website or download the Freegal app directly to your device. You'll need to sign in with your library card number and library PIN number.

One of the best part about Freegal is there is no waiting. Songs are available right now to download. And if you accidentally delete a song you have previously downloaded, there is a way to access these songs.

Under the “Your Account” tab, you can see a recent downloads category. This gives you the ability to re-download an already downloaded song two times, within two weeks from when you downloaded it. You can always re-download a song after that two-week window; it just would count toward your five per week.

Through Freegal, you also have the ability to browse top songs and albums. There is a list of the top albums and top singles downloaded. You can also see what the top-10 songs downloaded in the county are as well.

Unlike downloading illegal music online, Freegal supports the artists and producers who are creating the content. Songs are constantly being added to Freegal, so if there isn't a song you see, be sure to check back.

Upcoming class

Want to learn more about Freegal and how to get started? Attend a class at the Baldwin Borough Public Library.

Hoopla & Freegal: Music, Movies & More is scheduled for May 11 at 6:30 pm. Registration is required.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

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