Musical Chairs

The other day someone asked me if it was possible to move songs from the Freegal app onto a computer.  She knew it was possible to access the “recent downloads” feature, which offers the ability to re-download a previously downloaded song up to two more times within 2 weeks from the original download, but she was wondering about songs that had been downloaded directly to the Freegal app more than two weeks ago.

The answer is yes, although it’s a little clunky the first couple of times you try it.  Here’s what to do:

For iOS devices:

  • Plug your iOS device into your computer.
  • Open iTunes.  From “Devices” on the left side, click on your iOS device.
  • Select “Apps”  from the Settings menu in the left panel.
  • Scroll down until you see the File Sharing section in the main panel in iTunes.
  • Select the Freegal app.
  • Your song files will appear in a folder in the Freegal Music Documents box.
  • Either drag the file that contains the downloaded songs to your desktop or highlight the file and click the “Save to” button in the bottom right corner.
  • If you’d like, you can drag and drop the songs into iTunes (or anywhere you like).

For Android devices (I haven’t tested this yet, but a quick internet search turned up the steps above – thanks MCPL!):

  • Plug the device into your computer.
  • Navigate to the music file of the app.
  • Drag and drop songs onto your computer or into iTunes.

If anyone tries the Android process out and gets additional details please share in the comments.

Sarah (CLP)

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