The Library of Congress is wrecking CDs to learn how to save them

Like it or not, CDs rot over time — your well-worn copy of Soundgarden’s Superunknownmight not play anymore. Just how they rot is frequently a mystery, though, which is why the Library of Congress is currently destroying CDs (including those you donate) in hopes of improving its archival techniques. Researchers are using a combination of artificial aging tests and simple observations to see what factors trigger decay, sometimes with surprising results. As the Library tells The Atlantic, data loss varies widely between manufacturing processes, the lasers in CD players and even individual discs; experimenters can subject two identical copies of an album to extreme heat and lose only one of them.

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Download free music from Soundtracks for Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook on Freegal

SOUNDTRACKS on FREEGAL –  Download 3 songs a week for free with your library card! 

Download free music from Freegal with your library card.  The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes.  It works on both PCs and Macs. Note:  Limit of 3 free downloads per week per library card.  (Resets each Sunday night at midnight).  The music you download is yours to keep.

Click here to go to Freegal Music

Searching for Soundtracks can be tricky.

TIP: Try “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” in the Album or Artist search field.

Argo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alexandre Desplat

Silver Linings Playbook

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pusha T


John Williams

Project X: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pusha T

Escape From Planet Earth

West of Memphis: Voices For Justice

Dirty Dancing: Anniversary Edition

Forrest Gump – The Soundtrack

The Sound of Music – 45th Anniversary Edition


One For The Money

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Fame: The Original Soundtrack

TIP: Check out the Soundtracks Genre -> Original Motion Picture Sountrack

Free Music Download: Justin Timberlake the 20/20 Experience

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived!  His first album in seven years!
Pusher Love Girl
Suit & Tie
Don’t Hold The Wall
Strawberry Bubblegum
Tunnel Vision
Spaceship Coupe
That Girl
Let The Grove Get In
Blue Ocean Floor
For the record, there’s never a wait list for tunes from Freegal.
 All songs are available all the time.
All you need is a library card.
It’s Free.
It’s Legal.
It’s Freegal.

Brad Paisley’s new single, “Beat This Summer” is now available for download from Freegal Music

brad paisley beat this summer mar 5 Brad Paisley’s new single, “Beat This Summer” is now available for download from Freegal Music

His new album, “Wheelhouse” is due out April 18th.

Download “Beat This Summer”, “Southern Comfort Zone” and all your other favorite Brad Paisley songs for free from the library’s Freegal Music database with your Allegany County Library card by visiting

Free music downloads from Freegal: 2013 Grammy Nominees

Did you know you can download 3 songs a week for free from the library each week?  Go to and type in your Allegany County Library System library card and PIN to get started.

Many of the nominees for Grammy awards are on Freegal.  The following songs and albums are available to download today:

Jack White – Blunderbuss

(Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song)

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

(Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year)

P!nk – The Truth About Love

(Best Pop Vocal Album)

Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

(Best Urban Contemporary Album, Song of the Year,

Best R&B Performance – Adorn)

Alabama Shakes

(Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance)

Mumford & Sons – Babel

(Best Americana Album, Best Rock Performance & Best Rock Song)

Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go

(Best Dance Recording)

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

(Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song)

Chris Botti – Impressions

(Best Pop Instrumental Album)

Anthrax – I’m Alive 

(Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance)

Lamb of God – Ghost Walking

(Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance)

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

(Best Alternative Music Album)

Gregory Porter – Real Good Hands 

(Best Traditional R&B Performance)

SWV – If Only You Knew

(Best Traditional R&B Performance)

Chris Brown – Fortune

(Best Urban Contemporary Album)

Anthony Hamilton – Back To Love (Best R&B Album)

R. Kelly – Write Me Back (Best R&B Album)

Ronnie Dunn – Cost of Livin’

(Best Country Song & Best Country Solo Performance)

Miranda Lambert – Four The Record

(Best Country Album)

John Fullbright – From the Ground Up

(Best Americana Album)

Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn

(Best Blues Album)

Heritage Blues Orchestra – And I Still Rise

(Best Blues Album)

Krishna Das – Live Ananda

(Best New Age Album)

Steven Halpern – Deep Alpha

(Best New Age Album)

Kenny Garrett – Seeds From The Underground

(Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Improvised Jazz Solo – J. Mac)

Bobby Sanabria Big Band – Multiverse

(Best Latin Jazz Album)

Casting Crowns – Come To The Well

(Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance & Best Contemporary Christian Music Song)

Mary Mary – Go Get It

(Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance)

Marvin Sapp – I Win

(Best Gospel Album, Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance & Best Gospel Song – “My Testimony”)

Israel & New Breed – Jesus At The Center Live

(Best Gospel Album, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song)

Rhett Walker Band – When Mercy Found Me

(Best Contemporary Christian Music Song)

Fonseca – Ilusión

(Best Latin Pop Album)

Kany Garcia – Kany Garcia

(Best Latin Pop Album)

Sistema Bomb – Electro-jarocho

(Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album)

Ana Tijoux – La Bala

(Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album)

Los Cojolites – Sembrando Flores

(Best Regional Mexican Music Album)

Gerardo Ortiz – El Primer Ministro

(Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros – Cubano Soy

(Best Tropical Latin Album)

Eddie Montalvo – Desde Nueva York A Puerto Rico

(Best Tropical Latin Album)

Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña – Retro

(Best Tropical Latin Album)

Romeo Santos – Formula Vol. 1

(Best Tropical Latin Album)

Free music downloads from Freegal: 2013 Grammy Award Winners

freegal  Many of the award winners from the Grammys are available as free downloads with your library card from Freegal.  You can download 3 songs per week at


Babel – Mumford & Sons


Set Fire To The Rain: Adele

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

Climax – Usher

Love On Top – Beyoncé

Adorn – Miguel

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

Pecados Y Milagros – Lila Downs

Slipstream- Bonnie Raitt

The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile


The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

Free music downloads from Freegal for Justin Timberlake, Mumford and Sons, The Piano Guys

freegal  These Songs are Burning Up the Freegal Charts.  Download 3 per week for free with your Allegany County Library System library card at 

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake featuring JAY Z

Skyfall – Adele

Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson

Die Young – Ke$Ha

Try – P!nk

Don’t Stop The Party – Pitbull Featuring TJR

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys Featuring Nicki Minaj

Little Things – One Direction

Hall Of Fame – The Script

Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Carrie Underwood – Blown Away

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch

The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church

Miranda Lambert – Over You

Pistol Annies – Hell On Heals

The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years

New Library Service Allows Free Access to Over One Million Books


Allegany County Library users now have access to over one million books and other items found in more than 700 public and academic libraries across the State of Maryland – all from the convenience of their home computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Using the new Marina interlibrary loan service, Allegany County Library patrons can log on to the library’s website at  Click “Find It, Get It” at the top of the screen and search for any title, author, or subject on the Marina homepage.   The search results will show items available from libraries all over the State of Maryland.  The patron can then choose a title, select a pick-up location, and click “Request.”   Most items arrive within 4 to 7 business days. Patrons then receive a text, email, or phone call from the library when their item arrives.

Download some FREE Easter music from Freegal Music™

Enjoy some old favorites like Irving Berlin or Judy Garland singing Easter Parade, or Mandy Patinkin with Steppin’ Out with My Baby. Children might enjoy Thymes ‘n’ Rhythm’s Eggbert the Easter Egg and Praise Hymn Tracks’s Kids Easter Medley. This MP3-format music from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron with sample clips you can listen to before downloading: Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”. Choose Freegal Music.  Then type “Easter” in the Search box & choose “song”.

Grammy winners are here at the library!


How fantastic was the Grammy Awards broadcast last evening?  It has been many years since the show has had such an assortment of performers and performances that were appealing to a broad spectrum of music lovers.  For me, Bruno Mars’ performance of Runaway was the ultimate in vocals, dance, and downright excitement.  Jennifer Hudson’s powerful and emotional cover of I Will Always Love You in honor of Whitney Houston.   Adele’s return to the stage following surgery on her vocal chords was breathtaking.  And, LL Cool J was so impressive in his role of host with just the right mix of solemn tribute to the loss of Whitney Houston and celebration of music.  Unlike so many hosts of awards shows, he facilitated what happened without needing to push himself in the spotlight all the time.  I hope he returns to host again.

Did you know that the library has Grammy award-winning and nominated music, both in our music cd collections and online on Freegal, where you can download 3 titles per week for free with your library card?  Among the artists on Freegal are Adele, the big winner last night, Foster the People, and Mumford and Sons.  In the library, we have Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, the Band Perry, Coldplay, and more tunes to choose from.

If you have not yet checked out the library’s extensive music collection, please visit us online at and stop by a branch today.