Freegal to end December 31
Westchester Library System’s contract with the downloadable music service Freegal ends Dec. 31 and it will not be renewed. This means you will not be able to use the Freegal app to download, to stream or to listen to music you have already downloaded. If you have downloaded music from Freegal onto a phone or a tablet, it might be a good idea make sure now that you can still get the songs after the 31st.
If you have already downloaded your songs to a computer, you should be fine. If your songs are on a mobile device, now might be a good time to move them to a computer. Freegal has instructions in the Mobile Apps portion of their FAQ page, or you can look at the appropriate instructions below:
- From an IOS device to iTunes (.pdf)
- From an Android Device to a Mac (.pdf)
- From an Android Device to a PC (.pdf)
If that isn’t an option, see if you can open the music using another app, such as YouTube Music (Google’s replacement for Google Music) or even the music app which came with your phone. If you can figure out how to get them to play on Spotify, please contact Librarian Liam Hegarty because he sure can’t.
Bear in mind that there is a difference between downloading and streaming music. Only downloaded music will still be available after the Dec. 31. If streaming is your thing, try Hoopla. It has a large music library (as well as movies, TV shows, eBooks and eAudiobooks) which is available for streaming or temporary download.