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Memphis Public Libraries Now Offer Free Music Download Service

Memphis Public Libraries now offer free music downloading service - The Freegal Music Service!MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 21, 2013) – The search for affordable music to download is over. The Memphis Public Library and Information Center now offers The Freegal Music Service for the best price in town – FREE!

With more than seven million songs from Sony Music and many other labels, Library customers now have access to Top 10 Music Billboard picks in R&B, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

“This is a service we think our customers will really appreciate,” said Library Collections Development Manager Alan Stewart. “Memphis Public Libraries have always provided music in whatever the current format was at the time, and the public has moved to digital formats for music. Thanks to more money in the budget from the City of Memphis, we can do more in the digital realm.”

While entering the digital music world, Memphis Public Libraries are also offering customers the chance to keep downloaded songs without worry of “returning” them to the Library! “This is a different model for us – the idea of offerings to keep,” Stewart noted, “but I’m sure our customers won’t mind. It’s about access to the material.”

To use the service, music lovers must own a Library card, create an account through the Library’s website, and type in their Library card number. Three music downloads are allowable each week, and music videos occupy two downloads. “We’re confident our customers will really enjoy Freegal,” Stewart said.

Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy also commented on the new music download service. “The Library’s mission is to satisfy the customers’ need to know, and we firmly believe that ‘need’ includes musical education and entertainment. This new service meets those needs and complements other Library programs and services as well. Once customers enter the Library’s doors, there is an endless supply of services at their fingertips. The Freegal Music Service allows them to download while visiting the Library or from home; either way they will receive the same great Library service!”

To start downloading music today, Library customers can visit www.memphislibrary.freegalmusic.com.

For more information on Memphis Public Library’s downloadable collections, call 415-2708.



The Memphis Public Library and Information Center (MPLIC) is committed to satisfying the customer’s need to know. With 18 Library locations throughout the Greater Memphis area, MPLIC offers an array of programs, services, and resources for citizens and visitors to enjoy. They include JobLINC mobile career services, LINC/2-1-1 telephone referral services, a TV and radio station (WYPL TV-18, WYPL FM 89.3), a small business center, laptops for checkout and free Wi-Fi access, in addition to books, e-books, DVDs, records, compact discs, and educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Customers can find age-appropriate services and a list of Library locations at www.memphislibrary.org.

Memphis Public Libraries are publicly and privately funded. Approximately three million people visit the Memphis Public Library and Information Center each year.



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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. ###