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Thanksgiving is over. Now the madness begins…

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’ve reluctantly forced our complaining, tryptophan-sodden body into action and dragged our Holiday Music CDs out of storage. They are on display now by the front desk ready for check out. If you don’t feel like dragging your complaining, tryptophan-sodden body down to the Library, never fear. Your library card allows you to download (or stream) music from the comfort of your own home!

We have two providers of downloadable music, Freegal and Hoopla. If you are looking for something specific, Hoopla is a little easier to use. If, however, you insist on 3 hours of holiday music daily, or you aren’t sure exactly what to listen to, Freegal is the service for you.

Hoopla’s downloadable music is found in the regular catalog, just like music cds. You can download or stream individual albums for seven days. Each album counts towards your 5 item monthly limit (Hoopla also has movies, tv shows, books, audiobooks and comics).

Freegal works differently. Every day you can stream three hours of music. Within that three hours you can stream albums or songs from a playlist you create or one suggested by Freegal. You should check out their playlists. For example, Freegal’s Black Friday playlist is 88 songs and begins with Wake Up and Go Berserk by Mogwai, Ants Marching by the Dave Matthews Band and Should I Stay or Should I Go? by the Clash. If you like a song, you can download it and keep it forever. Freegal allows you to download five songs every week.

This might be a good time to explain the difference between streaming and downloading. Downloading is a one-time thing. Once an item is downloaded you can use it whenever and wherever you want until the loan period ends. It takes up space on your computer or device, but you don’t need a network connection to use it. Streaming, on the other hand, requires a continuous network connection to use the item as it is downloaded while you listen or watch. It is never saved on your computer or device.  

If this seems like so much gibberish, you might consider signing up for a one-on-one Tech Tuesday session. If Tuesday afternoons are no good, contact Head of Reference Liam Hegarty (whegarty@wlsmail.org or 834-2281 x.114) and we’ll figure out a time.