Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm


Phone: 248-349-3020


Freegal FAQs

What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library.  With your library card and PIN, you can access about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.  Find music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.             

How much music is on Freegal’s site?
Music is added daily, but it’s safe to say there are thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, millions of songs, and hundreds of genres of music. The content is based upon agreements with over 10,000 music labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

How many songs can I download?
You may download up to three songs per week.  On Monday at 12:01 am your download counter will be set back to zero  and you can download three more songs over that week. 

How will I know how many downloads I’ve used?
In the upper right corner of the Freegal site is your download allotment, and the ticker helps you track it.  For instance, if it says 1/3, you have 3 downloads for the week and you have used one.

How do I download a song?

When you’ve found the song you want, click on the ‘Download Now’ link next to your chosen song.  At the prompt, select ‘Save’ and choose where you want to save the song.  If you are not presented with a prompt, try right-clicking the link and choosing the option to save the link. This will let you choose where to save your song.  The files are downloaded in an MP3 format, and can then be played, transferred or burned to a CD. NOTE: Anytime you click on the ‘Download Now’ link, even if you decide to cancel it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.

Can I download a whole album?
Songs are available on an individual basis only.   You can download an album, but only song by song.

What is the song clip?

This is a randomly chosen 30-second clip of a song, so you can decide whether or not you want to download it.  To listen to the song clip, click on the arrow to the left of the track.

What are the different ways to search for a song or artist?
You can use the bar across the top to browse by genre or by suggestions.  You can use the grid at the bottom right to browse by artist in alphabetical order.  You can search by artist, song, album or keyword.  Expanded search options are under advanced search.  Note: Artists are listed alphabetically by first name, and groups with names that begin with ‘the’ are found under ‘T’. 

How do I burn music to a CD?

You can use iTunes, Windows Media Player, or a third party software like Roxie.  Follow the instructions on each for burning your CD.                          

How do I transfer songs via iTunes?
Freegal Music has its own iOS Application which can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store. You may wish to download songs to your PC or Mac and sync to your mobile device as you will then have the advantage of having a copy of the music in your computer’s memory.  Apple has created their devices without the ability to download music directly, unless you go through the iTunes Store or use an approved app.  To get music on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, we recommend that you download Freegal files to your computer desktop by:  Press ‘Download Now’.  Press ‘Save’. Direct download to desktop.  Then, import the files into iTunes by: opening iTunes, then drag the file from the desktop to the open app.  The next time you sync your device, the Freegal file will be both on your home computer and your mobile device.

Where can I get Freegal Mobile apps?
Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for ‘Freegal Music’. Download the free Freegal Music app and start listening!

How does the Freegal App work?
The 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.  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 this within two weeks of your original download by accessing your library’s Freegal site via a computer, and then accessing the ‘recent downloads’ functionality on the navigation bar of the home page.  HINT: you may need to log out of the Freegal App to do this. Log out by going to ‘Settings’ within the Freegal App, and then selecting ‘Logout’.

How do I find my Library in the Freegal App?
Download the App, then you will see is a search box for libraries.  Enter a Northville zip code and then select Northville District Library.

How do I login to the Freegal Music App?
Select Northville District Library. On the login screen , enter your library card number and PIN.  You will then be in the Freegal App’s main area where you can browse, search and download music.

What are the main areas of the Freegal App?
Home Screen: This allows quick browsing of the TOP 10 recent downloads by your fellow library patrons, and the TOP 10 recent downloads of all Freegal users. The upper right corner has your weekly download allocation, and the number you have used in the current week. The search icon is in the upper right corner.  The right facing blue arrow will play a song clip, and downward arrow will download music. The bottom of the home page has My Music, where all your songs are stored; Playlist, where you can create shortcuts to your favorite music;  and Settings, where you can log out of the App if you wish.

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