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Release Date: 07/24/2006

The Seattle Public Library adds downloadable music to online collection

The Seattle Public Library now offers free downloads of more than 600 copy-protected classical, jazz, blues, folk and rock albums. Visit www.spl.org, select "Digital Books & Music," and select "Go to OverDrive Digital Books & Music."


The Library's new online music collection is powered by OverDrive, a Web service based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Library has provided downloads of audio books and e-books from OverDrive since September 2005.


With a library card and Personal Identification Number (PIN), a Windows-based computer, and high-speed access to the Internet, a patron can download songs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All songs automatically deactivate after 21 days, so patrons never have to return downloaded music. Songs cannot be copied.


The service also is compatible with many portable digital assistant devices, music players and mobile phones.


"Downloadable audio books, introduced at the Library in September 2005, have been very popular with our users so we are excited to offer this collection of downloadable music titles," said Rachel Martin, the Library's electronic resources librarian.


Material from the Library's digital books and music collection will not run on Library computers, since these computers are not configured to download the files.


For more information on the Library's digital books and music collection, call (206) 386-4636.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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