News Release: Rock Island Public Library to Offer Downloadable Music PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:21

(Rock Island, IL) Rock Island Public Library has joined Library Ideas™’ network of public library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Rock Island Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its music collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Rock Island Public Library can download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via the library website, www.rockislandlibrary.org.  The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.

Libraries all over the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).

The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries.  The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas.  “A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources.  More than anything, that is the reason for the service.”

Facts about the Rock Island Public Library subscription to Freegal Music Service:
•       Users must have a Rock Island Public Library card in good standing.
•       Patrons will need their library card number and PIN to access the website.
•       Up to three (3) songs may be downloaded per patron per week.
•       Downloaded songs become part of the patron’s personal music library. They do not need to be returned, nor do they disappear after a set time-period.
•       Downloaded music will play on a variety of devices.

The library has scheduled a number of programs on using the downloadable music service. For details, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, call 309-732-7323 (READ) or follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly calendar of library events is available online and at Rock Island Library locations.

For questions about using the Freegal Music Service, or other downloadable materials from the Rock Island Public Library, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 309-732-7341.

About Library Ideas:   Library Ideas is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia.  The Company offers music, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite.  Library Ideas was named “One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12” by EContent Magazine.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad  array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

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