Forget iTunes. Memphis Public Library customers now have access to more than seven million songs from major labels, many of them top 10 Billboard hits, for free.
The Freegal Music Service is available to anyone with a library card. Library patrons may download up to three songs per week (If music videos are downloaded, they count for two music downloads).
Previously, patrons could check out music in whatever format was most popular at the time. With music moving to a digital format, patrons can download music. But now they don't have to worry about returning it, as they would a CD.
To use the service, one must create an account through the library's website and type in the library card number. Freegal may be accessed from any location; one does have to be at the library to use it.
“This is a service we think our customers will really appreciate,” said Library Collections Development
Manager Alan Stewart. “Memphis Public Libraries have always provided music in whatever the current
format was at the time, and the public has moved to digital formats for music. Thanks to more money in
the budget from the City of Memphis, we can do more in the digital realm.”