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Freegal Music

Freegal is a downloadable music service provided by the Palm Beach County Public Library. The collection has music from over 10,000 labels with music from over 60 countries.

Each Palm Beach County Library System card holder can download five music tracks per week. There is no software to download, there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, and the tracks never expire. Once downloaded, the music tracks are yours to keep and use as you wish.

Freegal also offers Mobile Apps. If you have an Apple device (Iphone/Ipad/Itouch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for Freegal Music in the App Store. If you have an Android phone or tablet, search for Freegal Music in the Google Play store.

Frequently Asked Questions About Freegal

  • What is Freegal? Open or Close
    Freegal is a downloadable music service provided by the Palm Beach County Public Library. Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. The collection has music from over 10,000 labels with music from over 60 countries.
  • How do I access Freegal? Open or Close
    A link to Freegal can be found on every page of our site (click on "Downloadable Music" on the right) or by using this Freegal link
  • How does Freegal work? Open or Close
    Each Palm Beach County Library card holder is allowed to download three music tracks per week. There is no software to download, there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, and the tracks never expire. Once downloaded, the music tracks are yours to keep and use as you wish.
  • How much music is available through Freegal? Open or Close
    It changes daily, but there are thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and hundreds of thousands of songs from Sony Music Entertainment. More information about Sony Music Entertainment and its artists is available at sonymusic.com.
  • Are the songs really free? Open or Close
    Freegal Music and the music you download are free in the sense that most things in your library are free to you as a patron of the library. The service is underwritten by the Palm Beach County Library.
  • How many songs can I download? Open or Close
    You may download up to five songs per week. On Monday at 12:00 a.m. your counter will be set back to zero. After that time you can download five more songs over the following week.
  • Can I download a whole album? Open or Close
    The songs are only available on an individual basis. Over time, you can choose to download all the songs in an album.
  • Do I need to install any software to use Freegal? Open or Close
    No, Freegal Music utilizes your browser to download music, so there is no need to install anything on your computer.
  • Is there Digital Rights Management (DRM) on the music files? Open or Close
    No. These files are downloaded as MP3 files which are compatible with any MP3 Player or device. You can transfer the music to any computer, MP3 player or even burn it to a CD. Copyright laws apply for all music downloaded
  • How do I search for a song or artist via my computer? Open or Close
    Freegal Music is set up to browse, or to search for your favorite artists or songs. You can use the navigation across the top of the page to browse by genre and news articles, or use our quick search tool on the home page. Searching by keyword at the top of the website allows you to search by artist name or song title. Expanded search options are under advanced search.
  • How do I download a song on my computer? Open or Close

    When you've found a song you want, click on the Download Now link next to your chosen song. At the prompt, select Save and choose where you want to save the song. If you're not presented with a prompt, try right-clicking the link and choosing the option to save the link (i.e. Save Target As, Save Link As, or Download Linked File, etc.). This will let you choose where to save your song.

    Note: Anytime you click on the Download Now link, even if you decide to cancel, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.

  • How do I know how many songs I've downloaded this week? Open or Close
    You can find your number of downloads for the week listed as Weekly Downloads at the top of the page when you login to your Freegal account.
  • What is the song clip? Open or Close
    The song clip is to the left of the song title. The song clip allows you to preview a song, so you can decide whether or not you want to use your allotment of downloads on a new song. To listen to the song clip, click on the arrow to the left of the track.
  • What is Recent Downloads? Open or Close

    Freegal Music allows you to download previously downloaded songs again, without using up one of your weekly downloads.

    Recent Downloads, found at the top right corner, shows the songs that you have downloaded in the past. Here you have the ability to re-download a previously downloaded song up to two more times within 2 weeks from the original download for reinstall purposes, in case your connection timed out, or if you would like to download the track to another computer or device. Once you have downloaded a song twice from the Recent Downloads page, the song title will disappear from your list.

  • How do I get the Freegal Mobile Application? Open or Close

    If you have an Apple device (Iphone/Ipad/Itouch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for Freegal Music in the App Store.

    If you have an Android phone or tablet, search for Freegal Music in the Google Play store.

    As of this writing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not made the apps available in their stores.

  • Why does the counter say I've downloaded 5 songs when I'm sure I haven't? Open or Close
    You may have started a download then changed your mind and canceled it. Once you click the Download Now button, it can't be reversed. It will count towards your download limit even if you cancel or choose play instead of download. To avoid this, please use the song clips to ensure you are downloading a song you want in your music library. We cannot credit a download.
  • Nothing happens when I click on the play arrow to listen to the song sample... Open or Close
    If you're having an issue playing song samples, please check that your browser’s Flash Player is version 10 or higher. Please note that Freegal Music is only fully supported on Internet Explorer 7 and higher, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. It is not supported on AOL Explorer browser.
  • How do I get the songs into iTunes? Open or Close
    The easiest thing to do is to download the files to your desktop or your music folder. Import the song into iTunes by either dragging the song into the open iTunes window or importing it from the menu. The song is now added into your library. Next time you synch up, you will see that song in your music library.
  • How do I get the songs into Windows Media Player? Open or Close
    If the song does not open directly into Windows Media Player, launch Windows Media Player then click and drag the song into the Windows Media Player. The song will now appear in your Windows Media Player library.