MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 20, 2013

It’s easier to download music at library

By Gerran Coppin
Books & More

— I am extremely pleased to announce that you can now download music for free and legally with our new program “Freegal!” Simply, go to http://eodls.freegalmusic.com, type in your library card, and off you go.

They have songs ranging in genres from Ska to Gothic/Dark Wave and beyond.

So, now that you have access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels, how do you decide what to download?

Well, that's what I'll be helping you all with today.

Hopefully, this guide will help you to find some new bands to explore, or, at the very least, where to download free and legal music from bands you already love. 

One of my favorite groups of all time is Daft Punk.

I absolutely love their music, their videos, their image, everything.

Their latest album “Random Access Memories” does not disappoint and I was impressed to see that it was included in the Freegal library.

For those not in the know, Daft punk is an electronic music duo from France.

Their songs have been featured on movies such as “Tron: Legacy,” and remixed by artists such as Kanye West and Jojo.

If you like electronic music, or want to explore the genre for the first time, I cannot recommend Daft Punk enough.

While Freegal did impress me a bit with it having “Random Access Memories,” I was utterly surprised to see that they actually had some music by Alkaline Trio.

Seven different albums are available for download including “Agony & Irony” and their self titled album. If you like classic late 90s/early 2000s punk, you can't miss these guys.

Their earlier albums might sound a bit noisy to some, but, after fifteen years of playing, their later albums are pretty solid.

Last, but certainly not least, is Hyde.

He is an amazing Japanese rock musician, and lead singer of the super popular L'Arc-en-Ciel (which is featured on Freegal, as well). You all have no idea how awesome

I find it that Freegal even has a J-Rock album, much less Hyde's self-titled album.

It has such awesome songs as “Evergreen” and “Hideaway,” and is filled with melodic vocals and raging guitars.

Even if you have never listened to a Japanese band before, and don't understand the language at all, you should definitely check out this album. You will not regret it.

Needless to say, Freegal offers a pretty broad selection of albums for you all to check out, and all that is required is an Internet connection and your library card.

You can only download three songs per week, but they reset each Monday night.

They are also DRM MP3s, and they never expire. If you need more help, or have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Gerran Coppin is an employee at the Muskogee Public Library. Reach him at (918) 682-6657 or copping@eok.lib.ok.us.