Free music service introduced at library

Anyone with a Marshalltown Public Library card can now download music for free with a new service, Freegal, introduced this week.

Freegal is an online database with seven million songs available from 28,000 music labels. Library cardholders can download up to three free songs a week and the songs never will expire.

Sarah Rosenblum, Marshalltown Public Library director said she was familiar with Freegal because other libraries in Iowa offer it.

“The public library is always thrilled to offer all kinds of resources to the public, both print and non-print,” Rosenblum said. “I really thought it would be an exciting product to offer our community. It’s just another resource we want to offer the community.”

Rosenblum said Freegal is user friendly and the only requirement is having a library card. Rosenblum also said songs can be downloaded from anywhere.

“They can do it from their home,” Rosenblum said. “They can do it from their office, they can do it from their dorm room, they could be on vacation in their summer home or up at the lake in Minnesota or Wisconsin or they could be at their winter home in Arizona and can do it.”

Freegal songs can be downloaded by going to the Marshalltown Public Library website and then clicking on the Freegal logo. After that, users can sign in using their library card number, then search for different songs or music videos. Freegal music can also be downloaded via the Freegal Music app available through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android devices. Freegal music is compatible with computers, smart phones, tablets and MP3 players.

Rosenblum said if anyone has questions about how to use Freegal the library staff can help.

“If somebody comes in and they are truly not getting it, we can help,” Rosenblum said.

The library will offer Freegal for at least a year. Rosenblum said if people are using it they will keep offering it.

“Hopefully people will let us know how they feel about it,” Rosenblum said. “We hope people will tell their friends about it.”