POTTSTOWN PA – Later this month patrons of the Pottstown Regional Public Library will be able to bang their heads, get their groove on, and croon with their favorite singers, all for free, according to library Executive Director Susan Davis.
Beginning July 31 (2015, Friday), Davis reports, the library at 500 E. High St. will provide download and streaming access to the Freegal™ Music Service online, with millions of songs and music videos from 28,000 recording labels.
While she’ll never be mistaken for a rapper or a rock star, Davis is nonetheless excited by the latest feature offered by the library, supported in part by funding from Lower Pottsgrove Township. Freegal “delivers great music, has compatibility with lots of devices, and (is known for) simplicity of use. This should be incredibly popular with our patrons,” she said.
Songs are unencumbered by digital rights management restrictions. In other words, you can play ’em all you want for up to three hours per day, and a maximum of five downloads a week. New content is added daily, and new music becomes available the same day it shows up on I-Tunes or in stores. Digital apps are ready for Apple and Android devices.
Users need only a library card number; there’s “no checkout period, no overdue fees, no waiting,” Davis added.
The addition of the online service allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its music collection, she noted. Freegal includes:
- More than 200 different genres, everything from classical music to rap, including pop, rock, children’s, and country;
- Thousands of popular artists. Adele? Yes. Alicia Keys, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen? Yes, again, as well as Carrie Underwood, Céline Dion, Daft Punk, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Johnny Cash, John Legend, London Symphony Orchestra, Mumford and Sons, One Direction, P!nk, Pearl Jam, Pitbull, Sara Bareilles, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma and more; and
- Music from more 80 different countries.
Freegal becomes the latest among a menu of free digital services available to library cardholders from their homes, offices, or on the road. Others include Brainfuse Homework Help, JobNow, Mango Languages, Zinio Magazines, Overdrive e-Books and Audiobooks, and Tumblebooks for Kids. Two special digital resources (the Foundation Directory, and Ancestry.com) are available in the library.
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