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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Free Classical Music Downloads

I'm sure there are other sites out there, but I've just had this one brought to my attention: Classical Music Library Free Download of the Week. You can sign up for free email alerts when new music is available. Know of another great site for free (and legal) music downloads? Let us know.

3 Comments:

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Julie Robinson said...

Hi Nancy--this is Julie at NEIRRS. I have tried this site both at home and my library computer, but get this error message: Access to musicdownloads.alexanderstreet.com denied

Your IP address or referring URL does not match with an authorized service in our system. If you are not currently a subscriber, please contact your library administrator or visit http://www.alexanderstreet.com for details on subscription options.

I think that means you have to pay to use it. If it doesn't, I would love to play with this site.

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger genref said...

Hi, Julie.

I get the same message when trying to click the links on the left (Browse by A-Z or category). I think you must be subscribed to access the whole library -- which is what those links are trying to do.

The "free download of the week" is just the song(s) listed on the page: http://musicdownloads.alexanderstreet.com/promo/.

If you click the "download" button next to an item you'd like, a pop-up window opens so you can choose the format you'd like (MP3 or Windows Media - WMA).

It gives a 'tip' to left click on the item and then save. Here at the library I only had luck right-clicking and saving the file that way.


Apparently this page is updated about twice a month (which makes it more of a "free download of the two weeks"), and signing up for the email alert will let you know when that is so you don't have to check.

~sara

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Julie Robinson said...

Thanks, Sara!

Your instructions worked perfectly. It looks like the free download is all you can access without a subscription. Digging around on the site, it appears only libraries can subscribe, not individuals.

This would be a great site for music majors (like our son!). He has a subscription to Urge, but it doesn't contain much classical music.

 

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