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Owatonna Library first in state to offer free -- and legal -- music downloads, but just three a week

Free — and legal — music downloads are now available through the Owatonna Library with the Freegal music service.

It's the first library in the state to offer the service, but 120 libraries around the country use it, too, says the Owatonna People's Press.

Users with library cards can browse through hundreds of thousands of available songs from the Sony Music Library, but are limited to three downloads per week. Users can keep the songs in their library or burn them to a CD.

The Sony library web site says it includes these record labels:

American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment.

And that includes artists like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, Ke, Susan Boyle, Willow Smith, Usher, Kings of Leon, Michael Jackson and Neil Diamond. The Glee songs are there, too.

The paper said the service kicked off Friday in Owatonna, and by noon Wednesday 85 music files had been downloaded — in the jazz, rock, country, holiday and seven other genres.

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