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Free Music Service Freegal Now Available

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System TO OFFER DOWNLOADABLE/STREAMABLE MUSIC FROM THEIR WEBSITE

Atlanta, Georgia – March 29, 2019 - Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 11 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

The Freegal Music Service will allow the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 30,000 music labels from 80 different countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System can download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no direct cost via www.afpls.org.    The Freegal Music Service will also have popular music videos for download, and a streaming music option where library cardholders can access entire albums of music.  The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.  

Libraries all over the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Tulsa City-County Public Library (OK), 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 has free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries.  The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store, Google Play® and Amazon.com* for the Kindle Fire.

“We are very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Library System.

“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. “The participation of so many leading independent labels will also help the library reach as many patron groups as possible.”

About Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System:Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is the largest in the state, with 34 libraries and a collection of more than 2.5 million items. It offers innovative programs, services and virtual resources tailored to meet the needs of each branch's community. Children, teens and adults may choose from a variety of classes, visit exhibitions, listen to authors discuss their work, check out videos, DVDs and CDs, attend book club discussions, get homework help, hear music and see live performances. Last year patrons borrowed more than 3 million items, made 3.1 million visits to the libraries and our website had over 8 million hits.

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.