Library Offers Free Music Downloads
For many library goers, being able to download their favorite songs for free-- and legally-- was music to their ears.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
PALM SPRINGS - For many library goers, being able to download their favorite songs for free-- and legally-- was music to their ears. "The first thing that went through my mind is, wow-- it's not illegal,” says Cathedral City resident Paul Cruz. A Palm Springs resident can’t wait to start downloading. "It's really cool. I love it. I think kids can really enjoy this, downloading free music and just having a good time,” says Franchesca Zabata.
All you need is a card to the Palm Springs Library. Then, sign in on the libraries website with your card. After that, you have an entire music arsenal at your disposal through a program called Freegal. "There are more than seven million songs available to download. I mean, one important thing to note is we can't fit that much music in the library but you can go to our website and get them,” says Library Director Jeannie Kays.
You download the songs straight to your personal desktop, iPad or Smartphone. Each person can download three a week. "When you download the songs, you own them. You can burn them to a CD. You can transfer them to your mobile device. You can also get them from your mobile device because there's an app,” says Kays. "The best part is that I can download it from a Smartphone and put it on an SD card and carry it with me everywhere,” says Cruz.
Everything from Top 40 to established music legends are available for download. "Carrie Underwood, The Fray, some really cool artists. And you can browse by top genre, top artist and then you have a counter and it resets every Sunday,” says Kays.
The library pays a flat annual fee for the Freegal program so you can reap the benefits. "The number one song for this library right now is Kelly Clarkson,” says Kays. A comment that has people thinking about what they'll be downloading when they get home. "Rock, rap, metal and dub step so my first choice would probably be Eminem,” says Cruz. "Miley Cyrus, 'We Can't Stop', I like that song-- and also, Justin Timberlake 'Mirrors'," says Zabata.
For a link to the Palm Springs Library, click here.