Another music download site will become available thanks to Library Ideas' program that offers access to hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog of legendary artists.Starting July 1, the Santa Clarita Public Library will join the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library in the Library Ideas’ network of public library websites that offer access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
The service, “Freegal” (“free” and “legal”), will be available starting July 1, on all three library websites. Freegal allows registered card holders of member libraries to download up to three selections of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no direct cost. The artists and the works available through the service are listed at www.sonymusic.com .
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“The County Library has been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be very popular with our patrons,” said County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd.
“The Los Angeles Public Library is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles County Public Library to enhance our digital services and offer an easy-to-use music download service that delivers great music to a variety of devices,” said City Librarian Martin Gomez. “Together, we are able to utilize Freegal to help meet the soaring demand in Los Angeles for digital-format information and entertainment.”
“Music is an art form like literature and cinema. With Sony Music’s incredibly expansive and popular catalog, this becomes 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.”
Other libraries participating in the Freegal music service include the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), Orange County Public Library (FL), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).
Library Ideas is a new media company focused on the educational markets, based in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers music, games and language learning solutions to public libraries as part of its developing product suite.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists 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 American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Aware, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, Black Seal, BNA Records, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
The Santa Clarita Public Library system will go live July 1 and will offer services at the three existing library facilities previously operated by the County located within the city limits (Valencia, Newhall and Canyon Country), servingthe city's more than 200,000 residents. For more information visit their website here .
The City of Santa Clarita Public Library System has been accepted and will be part of the Southern California Library Cooperative , an association of 48 independent city and special district public libraries located in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties which have agreed to collaborate in providing library service to the residents of all participating jurisdictions. Participation in this cooperative will allow patrons of the Santa Clarita Public Library system, access to collections totaling 29 million items of library materials.
The County of Los Angeles Public Library provides library service to over 3.5 million residents living in unincorporated areas and to residents of 51 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County. The service area extends over 3,000 square miles. Supplementing the 7.7 million volume book collection, the Library also offers magazines, newspapers, microfilm, government publications and many specialized reference materials including online database searching. For more information, visit the County Library Web site  .