By Mary Getchell, Communications Director
People may download music for free with a new service from Pierce County Library System. “Downloading audio and e-books has been off the charts at our Library System,” said Neel Parikh, executive director, for Pierce County Library. “We are confident that people will take quickly to downloading music, too.”
The free downloadable music service is now available through the Library’s website at www.piercecountylibrary.org/books-materials/downloadable-music-freegal/Default.htm. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for anyone with a Pierce County Library card. Each library cardholder may download up to three songs per week and keep the songs permanently.
Downloads include more than 500,000 songs that span 100 music genres and 50 record labels. Selections include such varied options as current hit Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” classic song Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and jazz standard Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” The playlist features musicians Avril Lavigne, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Elvis Presley, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Michael Jackson, Miranda Cosgrove, Pink, Train, Usher and more. New music is added to the collection daily.
Downloading music requires no special software and has no digital rights management restrictions. Songs download in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. People may download to computers at home or public computers in the library, using their Pierce County Library card to download.
Freegal (rhymes with legal), the name for the download service, stems from combining the words free and legal. More information and answers to frequently asked questions about this service are available at www.piercecountylibrary.org/books-materials/downloadable-music-freegal/Default.htm.