New Music Download Service

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We are pleased to be the first library system in Michigan to provide its patrons access to Freegal, a new music download service. Log in to Freegal using your library card number, and search for your favorite songs among hundreds of thousands of recordings offered by Sony Music Entertainment. Each person can download up to three songs per week, and the counter will reset at midnight on Sundays.

Freegal allows you to search for songs by artist, composer, song, album, genre, and any combinations of those. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before downloading. The downloads on Freegal are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes.  It works on both PCs and Macs.

Check out Freegal today, and start downloading!

UPDATE (11-1-10): KDL has upgraded its subscription to the Freegal music service so the library as a whole is no longer limited to a maximum number of weekly downloads available. Each individual user is still limited to 3 songs per week, but you won’t have to “beat the rush” by downloading early in the week anymore!

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Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!



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23 Responses to “New Music Download Service”

  1. Dave S Says:

    Sounds great, but I can’t log on to Freegal using my valid KDL #. Are other people able to use it now? Why can’t I?

  2. Sheri Says:

    Hi Dave,

    Please email your card number to me at webmaster@kdl.org and I’ll investigate why you are unable to log in to the service.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  3. Jen W Says:

    I love it! I haven’t had any trouble at all, and I’ve found a few tracks that I’ve previously had a rough time finding.

    Thanks for adding this service on to everything else you offer us!

  4. Matt Says:

    This is the best! No shortage of old standards to add to my collection, some newer stuff too.

  5. Topher Says:

    I can’t access it either. It’s a grpl card, does that not work?

  6. Sheri Says:

    Hi Topher,

    The new Freegal music download service is limited to KDL cardholders only, as KDL has paid an additional subscription fee for this service. If this is something you would like GRPL to offer to their cardholders, feel free to recommend to them that they consider subscribing as well.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  7. Christine Rivers Says:

    Just like Dave S – “sounds great, but I cannot log on to Freegal
    Here is my card # [number removed at patron request]

  8. Sheri Says:

    Hi Christine,

    Your card number indicates that your library card was issued by the Grand Rapids Public Library. Freegal is limited to KDL cardholders only, as KDL has paid an additional subscription fee for this service. If this is something that you would like GRPL to offer to their cardholders, feel free to recommend to them that they consider subscribing as well.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  9. Sam Says:

    Hi, I cant log on to Freegal either. What can I do?

  10. Sheri Says:

    Hi Sam,

    The first 5 digits of your card number indicate that your library card was not issued by the Kent District Library. Freegal is limited to KDL cardholders only, as as KDL has paid an additional subscription fee for this service. If this is something that you’d like your home library to offer to their cardholders, please suggest it to them.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  11. Charles Says:

    Selected songs but was not able to download. Download now button not available.

  12. Katie Says:

    Hello Charles,

    KDL has a limited number of available downloads per week, and my guess is that we had reached our maximum when you tried to download. Now that it’s a new week, your downloads should be successful.

    Katie
    KDL Staff

  13. Louis J. Says:

    When will the library request more downloads per week. I can only come here on Saturday or Sunday, and I want to be able to download music, but I can’t at home because my mom won’t let me.

  14. Melissa Says:

    Hi Louis,

    We’re not able to add more downloads at this time due to our budget.

    Melissa
    KDL Collection Development Manager

  15. Daniel Bennett Says:

    Yesterday I was able to log into Freegal and download music, but for some reason I am unable to log in today.

  16. Sheri Says:

    Hi Daniel,

    If you are still unable to log in to Freegal today, please email me at webmaster@kdl.org with your library card barcode number so I can check if there is an issue with your account. Or if you prefer, you can call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 and a staff member can assist you.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster
    webmaster@kdl.org

  17. Sheri Says:

    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to let you know that we’ve upgraded our subscription to the Freegal service, so the library as a whole is no longer limited to a maximum number of downloads available per week.

    Each individual user is still limited to 3 songs per week, but you won’t have to “beat the rush” by downloading early in the week anymore!

    Happy downloading!

    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  18. Velid Says:

    Thank you!!!

    It works great!

  19. LibraryUser Says:

    FYI
    If you are having trouble logging in with your card make sure you link to freegal from here, if you just google it, the sign in will ask you for a password (unlike through here) and it will not work.

  20. Brittany Says:

    It says I need to log in through a link from my library branch, yet it won’t let me in through the link from this page. what can i do?

  21. Sheri Says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Please email me at webmaster@kdl.org with your library card number so I can see if there is an issue with your account that is preventing you from logging into Freegal.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster

  22. isabelle Says:

    i cant seem to log on with my ID #

  23. Sheri Says:

    Hi Isabelle,

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble logging in to Freegal. If you could please send your library card barcode to me at webmaster@kdl.org, I can check your account and try to see what the issue may be.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster
    webmaster@kdl.org