The Freegal Music Service has recently launched free mobile apps, and they are currently available in the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace (Google Play).
How do I get the Freegal Mobile Application?
If you have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for “Freegal Music” in the Apple iTunes App Store. If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will be able to 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.
What is the functionality of the Freegal App?
The Freegal App is designed to find libraries that have the Freegal Music Service, to store your login information, to search and browse the Freegal Music collection of your library, and to download, store and play your Freegal MP3 files. Currently, the Freegal Music App is not allowed to export files to iTunes or any other software. As a Freegal Music user, you can download a song again for the purpose of having a copy in your iTunes and in the Freegal Music App. You can do that within 2 weeks of your original download by accessing your library’s Freegal site via a computer, and accessing the “recent downloads” functionality on the navigation bar of the home page (HINT: you may need
to log out of the Freegal Application to do this. You log out by going to “Settings” within the Freegal App, and then selecting “Logout”).
How do I find my local library in the Freegal App?
To use Freegal, you need to be a registered KPL Resident Area cardholder. Once you have downloaded the App, the first thing you will see upon opening the App is a search box for libraries. Enter your home zip code, and a list will appear of current subscribing libraries within a 60 mile radius. You can also enter “Kalamazoo Public Library” or simply “Kalamazoo.”
How do I login to the Freegal Music App?
Right after you select the library you have a card with, the login screen will appear. This screen requests your valid library card number and PIN. Once you are validated, you will be in the Freegal App’s main area where you can browse, search and download music. If you have problems logging in, please contact the KPL Audiovisual Department for assistance.
Main areas of the Freegal App
Home Screen: This screen shows certain featured graphics, and allows quick browsing of the TOP 10 recent downloads by your fellow library patrons, and the TOP 10 recent downloads of all the Freegal users in the United States. The upper right corner has your weekly download allocation, and the number that you have used in the current week. The search icon is in the upper right side as well. The right facing blue arrow is to play a song clip, and the downward pointing arrow is to download music. The bottom of the home page has the major functionality buttons described below:
My Music: “My Music” is where all your songs are stored. Once you use the big downward facing arrow to download a song, this is where it goes.
Playlist: This is where you can create shortcuts to your favorite music. Most people will use this after they have downloaded a lot of songs. This way they can separate their classical music from their workout music, etc. You can
create multiple playlists to organize your music. Once you create a playlist, you will have the music both in “My Music” and in the Playlist area.
Browse: In this area, you will be able to quickly browse the most popular Artists, Songs and Genres in a navigation bar at the top of the screen in the Browse area.
Settings: This is where you can, if you wish, log out of the Freegal Music Application. One of the great things about the App is you don’t have to login each time! However if you are logging in from multiple devices you may wish to