Changes are coming to the library’s digital music lineup

The library’s subscription to Freegal Music will be discontinued on December 16, 2016. Patrons will have access to digital music albums through hoopla and to physical music albums through our large music CD collection, which consists of over 10,000 CDs. Patrons may also access Music Online, which allows unlimited streaming from a broad range of collections and genres.

Library patrons who frequently download music from the library might have a few questions. We’ve tried to answer them here. But if you don’t see your question responded to below, feel free to get in touch with us.

Will I be able to download and keep songs or albums with hoopla like I can with Freegal?​

Answer:  you can download entire albums on hoopla. They stay on your mobile/tablet device or computer for 7 days and then automatically return to hoopla.  You don’t “keep” the music permanently on hoopla but instead borrow it like you would a physical item checked out from the library. There are no late fees for hoopla checkouts.

Will I get to keep the songs I already downloaded from Freegal?​

Answer:  it depends on how you manage the music files.

  • Music downloaded via a computer (Mac or PC):  Yes, you get to keep the music. It should already be in a file(s) on your computer.
  • Music downloaded/accessed through Freegal app on Apple devices:  Music needs to be backed up from the device to iTunes in order to be permanently retained. Freegal provides instructions on how to do this in the FAQ on the Freegal website
  • Music downloaded/accessed through Freegal app on Android devices:  music needs to be transferred to a computer or to another file in order to be permanently retained. Freegal provides instructions on what to do with Android devices.

Make sure to transfer your music out of the app into a designated file or other music management program. Access to library Freegal accounts will end on December 16.

 


 

 

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