What is Freegal Music?
It’s free music for you, paid for by us. The Newport Public Library subscribes to the Freegal Music service, offering patrons with Newport library cards three free mp3s each week. As long as your library card is in good standing, you’ll get three downloads a week, with your quota resetting on Monday morning.
How to Access Freegal Music
From our homepage, just click the “download music” button in the upper right hand corner, or go to “download books and music” under “books and media” in the navigation menu. You’ll be prompted for the 14-digit barcode on your library card (remember, it must be a Newport card to work). You can search for artists or songs by keyword, or you can scroll down and browse by artist. Note that the browse listings are alphabetical by the first letter of the artist’s name, so Bob Dylan is under “B” and The Walkmen are under “T.” Click on an artist or do a search and you’ll see a list of tunes with the song name, artist, length, and download link. Sample a song by clicking on the triangular blue “play” button.
Downloading a Song
Just click “Download Now” on the far right next to the name of the song of your choice. Choose a location on your computer and click “Save” to save the song in a folder you’ll be able to locate later. Clicking the Download Now link counts as one download, even if you cancel it or click it by accident.
Transferring to a Device
You may have to manually add your downloads to the library of your music player (iTunes or Windows Media Player, for example). Here’s how to do that in iTunes and Windows Media Player. Once the songs are in your music library, you can transfer them to a device or burn to disc the same way you normally would.
Freegal Music App
Try the new Freegal Music app and download music directly to your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android device. Find it in your device’s app store or marketplace.
Need more help? Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian.