If you have a computer based music system at home, or if your listening is done almost exclusively on a portable device, Freegal is a great way to expand your collection and horizons. All you need is a library card from either Greenwich or Perrott Library, which will enable you to download up to three music files per week via the Digital Music link on the Greenwich Library website. It is not necessary to install a download manager for this process, as Freegal works through your browser. The music files you receive are DRM (Digital Rights Management) free MP3s and will play on iPods and Android players as well as your desktop computer. Once you have downloaded a song, it is yours to keep. When you reach your weekly limit, you can place additional files on your "Wishlist" for subsequent downloading.
What Freegal offers is access to the Sony Musical Entertainment catalog. Sony is one of the three major record labels that currently dominate commercial recorded music. Music owned by the other two majors, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are not available through Freegal. Even so, Freegal is a treasure trove of music in all genres. The roster of artists who have spent most or a significant portion of their careers linked to CBS/Columbia/Sony or currently affiliated labels, among them RCA, Epic and Arista, includes iconic figures such as Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Glenn Gould, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunnkel, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, George Jones, Chet Atkins, Dave Brubeck, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Springsteen, Sly Stone, Henry Mancini, Britney Spears, Mahalia Jackson, Coleman Hawkins, Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman, Michael Jackson, Bessie Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Sam Cooke, The Byrds, Tito Puente, Eugene Ormandy, Duke Ellington, James Taylor, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Glenn Miller, Janis Joplin and Johnny Mathis. Virtually all of the music that these and other artists recorded for labels in the Sony Musical Entertainment catalog is available from Freegal.
If your tastes run to currently popular artists who have not yet attained the legendary stature of the performers above, Freegal enables you to download the latest recordings by, among many others, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Adele, Marc Anthony, The Civil Wars, Chris Botti, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Brad Paisley, Sara Bareilles, Pitbull, Train, Mumford and Sons, Shakira, Foo Fighters, Nas, Britney Spears, Glee Cast, Harry Connick , Jr., Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, and Alicia Keys.
If you have specific questions relating to Freegal that have not been addressed above, connect to the site from our Digital Music link and log in using your library card number. Then click on the FAQ link at the top of the page. Or, you can begin exploring Freegal by either browsing this vast database by genre or searching by artist, album, song title or composer, to locate music to add to your own digital collection. Enjoy!