Freegal - Free and Legal Music Downloads
PDL now offers a limited number of free mp3 downloads each week through Freegal. CLICK HERE to access the Freegal page.
What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and your PIN. Your default PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number.
Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM). CLICK HERE to access the Freegal page.
How does Freegal Music work?
A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of freegalmusic.com displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/5 means that you have a weekly limit of 5 downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week at Monday 12:01 AM (Eastern Time, USA).
The site is set up to browse or search for your favorite music or artist. You can use the navigation at the top of the page to browse by keyword, artist, or album; or you can simply use our advanced search page. Freegal Music also offers a collection of Top Download lists on the homepage where users can browse a variety of music selections.
When you’ve found a song you want, 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 (i.e. Save Target As, Save Link As, or Download Linked File, etc.). This will let you choose where to save your song.
Note: Any time you click on the “Download Now” link, even if you decide to cancel or play it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment. You may have started a download then changed your mind and canceled it. Once you click the “download now” button, it can’t be reversed. It will count towards your download limit even if you cancel or choose “play” instead of “download.” To avoid this, please use the song clips to ensure you are downloading a song you want in your music library. We cannot credit a download.
In the Freegal Music navigation bar, you will see “Recent Downloads.” Here you have the ability to re-download a previously downloaded song up to two more times within 2 weeks from the original download for reinstall purposes, in case your connection timed out. This re-download will not count against your download totals. CLICK HERE to access the Freegal page.
How do I get the Freegal Mobile Application?
If you have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for “Freegal Music” in the Apple iTunes App Store. If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will be able to search for “Freegal Music” in the Google Play store. As of this writing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not made the apps available in their stores.
The Freegal App is designed to find libraries that have the Freegal Music Service, to store your login information, to search and browse the Freegal Music collection of your library, and to download, store and play your Freegal MP3 files.
Currently, the Freegal Music App is not allowed to export files to iTunes or any other software. As a Freegal Music user, you can download a song again for the purpose of having a copy in your iTunes and in the Freegal Music App. You can do that within 2 weeks of your original download by accessing your library’s Freegal site via a computer, and accessing the “recent downloads” functionality on the navigation bar of the home page (HINT: you may need to log out of the Freegal Application to do this. You log out by going to “Settings” within the Freegal App, and then selecting “Logout”). CLICK HERE to access the Freegal page.