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Tuesday, 01 February, 2011

Library Offers Free MP3 Downloads

This is pretty odd. A library that gives away MP3 files: Free MP3 music files at library.

Free MP3 music file downloads are now available at the Seattle Public Library website through Freegal Music.

Freegal Music is an online database that provides access to songs from Sony Music. The music files are DRM-free and do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices.

Library cardholders are eligible for three MP3 downloads per week. A library-card number and PIN is necessary to access and download songs.

More than half a million tracks are available.

More about Freegal:

The libraries must pre-pay for a minimum number of downloads from Freegal, and each library user will be limited to, at most, 20 downloads per week. Libraries that see a spike in use can limit the number of systemwide downloads in a week or month to ensure wider access, and library card holders can also reserve downloads.

Libraries must make a minimum annual commitment based upon size (total circ), ranging approximately from $1,500 to $20,000.


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