Free MP3s from Rapides Library

class=”alignleft wp-image-5204″ style=”margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;” alt=”Library ” src=”” width=”180″ height=”98″ />Everyone listens to music. Whether it’s on a radio while driving to work, an iPod while exercising at a gym, or a classic LP while relaxing at home, people love music, the soundtrack of their lives.

And who doesn’t like free stuff? Whether it’s a buy-one-get-one sale, a free taco for taking that survey, or a free sample in the mail, everyone loves free goods and services.

Thanks to the new Freegal service at Rapides Parish Library (RPL), everyone with an RPL card has access to about three million downloadable songs. Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Adele, Tony Bennet, John Mayer, and many more artists are included in Freegal’s collection.

“Freegal is the latest way the Library is growing to provide the services that today’s customers want,” said Library Director Steve Rogge.

Users can listen to thirty seconds of a song before downloading it to their iPods, laptops, tablets, and other digital devices.

Each user can download up to three songs per week. Unlike eBooks, once someone downloads a song, she gets to keep it indefinitely.

RPL card holders can access Freegal by visiting and logging in with their Library cards and pin numbers. Or they can download the Freegal Music app to their iOS and Android tablets and phones.

Freegal Music was created by Library Ideas, a company that offers digital online content to libraries, schools, universities, and military bases. Freegal offers music from Sony and about 10,000 other record labels.

Rapides Parish Library pays an annual subscription fee for this service. Freegal subscriptions are based on the population served by the library. Rapides Parish Library’s taxing districts has over 130,000 people.

RPL cards are free for residents of Rapides and surrounding parishes.

“Stop in on Freegal Friday and find out how to download music for free,” said Outreach Services Coordinator Tammy DiBartolo. “Freegal Friday is just one of the days the Library will be promoting their new services this summer.”