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New Music Library ... and all you need is a Rowayton Library Card

The Rowayton Library has just added Freegal (rhymes with legal) to its collection of downloadable media. Freegal is a service of Library Ideas that offer access to songs from Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists.  With your valid library card number*, you have access to hundreds of thousands of music to download for free. Each patron has a limit of 3 downloads per week.  The library and its "Freegal Sponsors" have underwritten the purchase of the music.

No extra software is needed to access Freegal. Each download is in mp3 format, so the files will work for both PCs and Macs for use on Windows Media Player & iTunes. The mp3s may also be transferred to your smartphone or tablet. Android and Blackberry devices allow for direct downloads, while Apple devices such as the iPod and iPhone will require a download first to iTunes, then a transfer to the intended listening device.

Download your favorite song now!

*Patrons with more than $10 in fines must clear their account before access to Freegal will be granted.

Freegal Music Tips:

How does Freegal work?
Access Freegal Music with your Rowayton Library card number. You can download up to three songs per week (Monday through Sunday).

How do I search Freegal?
Freegal is an online database that provides access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of artists.  Each library card holder may download three songs per week in the MP3 format.  One's download counter resets each Sunday at midnight. One may browse Freegal using genre and artist lists or search for a particular artist.  Whether you enjoy Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, R&B, Country, Classical, Pop, Latin Pop, or Jazz, the library provides access to your favorite hits. Play the file in a program such as iTunes or Windows Media Player.  The file will not expire. Also, when using the search box, bands whose names begin with "The" are alphabetized under the letter "T." Bruce Springsteen is listed under the letter "B," rather than the letter "S."

How do I  download a song?
Music tracks are downloaded as MP3 files and can be permanently saved on your computer or portable devices.  It is recommended to first download a song to your computer by clicking “Download Now” next to selected song and saving it to a location of your choice. There is no need to install anysoftware on your computer.

How do I  listen to a song?
To preview a song, click the circular arrow icon to the left of the song title. To download a song, click the "Download Now" link to its right. When prompted, click "Save" and specify where you would like to save the file on your computer. If you are not presented with the prompt, right click on the link and select the option to save the link. This option will be labeled "Save Target As," "Save Link As," "Download Linked File," or another similar phrase, and it will let you save the song.

Note: Anytime you click on the "Download Now" link, even if you cancel the download, you have used up one of your three downloads.

Can a song be played on portable devices?
Yes. After downloading a song, sync the portable device with your computer.

I've downloaded a song, but can't find it on my computer:
The downloaded songs may be automatically stored in different places, depending on the operating system you are using, the type of browser you are using, and the way your computer is configured to handle MP3 files. Here are some techniques that may help you locate the mp3 files you have downloaded to your computer:

  • There may be a folder on your computer called "Downloads" that contains the MP3 files you downloaded from Freegal.
  • There may be a folder on your computer called "Temporary Internet Files" that contains the MP3 files you downloaded from Freegal.
  • If you use the Firefox browser, check the settings in the Tools -> Options menu. The "General" tab shows the location that is used for saving downloaded files.
  • If your computer is set up to automatically open MP3 files in iTunes, let iTunes manage the file location for you. In order to keep the songs in iTunes after the initial download from Freegal, click the "Advanced" tab on the iTunes Edit -> Preferences menu, and check the box that says "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library".
  • Use your computer's Search capability to locate your files. For Mac computers, this is the "Spotlight" tool. On Windows PCs, look for the "Search programs and files" box when you click on the Windows Start button. A good way to search for your Freegal MP3 file is by typing in the artist's last name, or a distinctive word from the song title.
  • Note that when downloading a Freegal song on an iPad or iPhone, there is no easy way to save the MP3 file on your device. The recommended method is to download from Freegal to a computer and then transfer the MP3 file from the computer to your portable device.

Is there a download Limit & what is the Wishlist?
Download three songs per week. One's download counter resets each Sunday at 9:00 p.m. The Library also has a total weekly limit. If the Library reaches its total limit of downloads, the “Download Now” text disappears and only the “Add to Wishlist” choice is available. You can add 3 wishlist songs. Songs in “My Wishlist” become available at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Monday in the priority order that they were placed on the wishlist. You have 24 hours from 12:01 a.m. Eastern time to download available songs. After downloading a song, sync the portable device with your computer.

I log into Freegal, accept the terms and conditions, and then I'm taken to the About Us page or shown a notice saying that I'm not authorized to view the site.
There may be a setting on your computer that is preventing you from logging into the Freegal web site. The following suggestions may enable you to log in.

Try clearing your browser history and deleting your browser cookies. How to clear the browser cookies and history varies from browser to browser. Typically, you can do it by opening the browser and clicking on the Tools menu. Then, use the "Delete browsing history" option (if you use Internet Explorer) or "Clear Recent History" (if you use Firefox). Next, you will be presented with options regarding browser history and cookies. If you are using Internet Explorer, you can consider putting the security settings back to the default.

If you are using Internet Explorer 7 or 8, consider adjust how your browser treats temporary Internet files.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the Tools button to open its menu.
  3. Select “Internet Options."
  4. With the General tab selected, click on the "Settings" button in the Browsing History area.
  5. In the “Temporary Internet Files and History Settings” dialog box, select the option, “Every time I visit the web page."
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Click the Apply button.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Close Internet Explorer and then re-open it and try accessing Freegal again.

How do I log in? LOG IN HERE

Freegal Sponsors

This service is brought to you by a group of generous Anonymous Sponsors along with Robert Green, Andy Conroy & David McCarthy, Mary & Alec Gerster in honor of their grandchildren Grace, Kate & Bella Lane & Haley, Alec & Brad Gerster

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