Freegal is a downloadable music service at Orange Public Library. All you need is your library card number and PIN.
With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Access to Freegal is limited to Orange Public Library cardholders.
Your PIN is your birthdate in an 8 digit format, 2 numbers for the month, 2 numbers for the day and 4 numbers for the year. For example, if your birthdate is December 1, 2010, your PIN would be 12012010.
How much music is on Freegal Music’s website?
It changes daily. But it's safe to say that there are thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and hundreds of thousands of songs. The Freegal Music website has over 100 genres of music and is rich in many of them. The content is based upon an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment, owner of many different music labels. You can read more about Sony and its artists at http://www.sonymusic.com
How does Freegal Music work?
A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of freegalmusic.com displaying your weekly allotment of 3 songs. For instance, 1/3 means that you have a weekly limit of 3 downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. Each Monday your download usage is reset to zero.
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, genre, featured artist or newly added artist; or you can simply use our advanced search page. Freegal Music also offers an easy to use A-Z quick find at the bottom of the homepage.
Are the songs really free?
Freegal Music and the music you download are free in the sense that most things in your library are free to you as a patron of the library.
Why are there limits on the amount of downloads I can make? What does “limit exceeded” mean?
The limit is set so that a maximum number of library users may have equal access to the songs in the Freegal Music Service. The ”limit exceeded” appears when you have used all of their downloads for the week.
Why won't my phone or iPad store Freegal music downloads?
The songs that you try to download from a mobile device will need to be downloaded again on a computer to be added to a playlist. Since all of Apple's iOS based devices (iPods, iPhones, and iPads) are not normal storage devices, the Freegal songs cannot be stored on mobile devices. To save data requires a different type of access to the Freegal system. When you access the site from a mobile device and hit the Download Now button, the song would be streamed and it would probably play once. However, the rules Apple has in place will not allow it to be stored on an iPad or phone. MP3 files need to be loaded into iTunes on a computer and synced with the mobile device.
Will the songs downloaded work on the iPod or iPad?
Yes. The easiest thing to do is to download the files to your desktop or your music folder. Import the song into iTunes by either dragging the song into the window or importing it from the menu. Presto, the song is now added into your library. Next time you synch up, you will see that song in your music library.
Why does the counter say I’ve downloaded 3 songs when I’m sure I haven’t?
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.