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Freegal Features

Search Freegal music by artist, song album or composer. 

Use the A to Z Artist Browsing.

 The Advanced Search lets you search Artist, Composer, Song, Album, and Genre.

You can also browse by Genre. Just click the Genre tab at the top of the homepage.

Freegal

Get DRM-free mp3s from Freegal Music -- yours to keep, forever.

Click on "My Digital Library" in the upper left corner of the home page. Log in with your library card number and PIN.

Access the Sony Music Entertainment catalog which offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with.

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 or play it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.

A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of freegalmusic.com displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/3 means that you have a weekly limit of 3 downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week at Monday 12:01 AM (Eastern Time, USA).

The limit is set so that a maximum number of patrons may have equal access to the songs in the Freegal Music Service. The ”limit exceeded” appears when you have used all of your downloads for the week.

The site is set up to browse or search for your favorite music or artist. You can use the navigation at the top of the page to browse by keyword, artist, or album; or you can simply use our advanced search page. Freegal Music also offers a collection of Top Download lists on the homepage where users can browse a variety of music selections.

FAQs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Freegal features:

How do I search for a song or artist?

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.

 Can I download a whole album?

Songs are available on an individual basis only. You can choose, over time, to download all the songs on an album.

Why does the counter say I've downloaded 3 songs when I'm sure I haven't?

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.

What is the song clip?

The song clip is a randomly chosen 30-second clip of a song, so you can decide whether or not you want to download it.

 

Is there a download manager to install on my computer?

No, Freegal Music utilizes the browser to download music, so there is no need to install anything on your computer. That's one of the benefits of the site.

How does the recent downloads functionality work?

In the Freegal Music navigation bar, you will see "Recent Downloads." 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. This re-download will not count against your download totals.