May 21, 2022

Michigan: Ann Arbor District Library Partners with Local Music Label to Offer 250+ DRM-Free Downloads and Streams

Cool! Yet another excellent example of a public library helping to promote awareness, discovery, and access to locally created content from a locally a owned business.


The Ann Arbor District Library has partnered with local music label Ghostly International to offer free downloads and streaming of more than 150 Ghostly albums, and more than 100 Spectral Sound albums, to AADL cardholders.

From the AADL Special Collections Blog:

Founded in 1999 in a dorm room by a then-UM student, Sam Valenti IV, the label has grown steadily in scope and size. Beginning with talented locally-based artists such as Matthew Dear and Dabrye, the Ghostly crew has expanded over the last decade-plus to include illustrious alumni and around a dozen currently active artists, including ShigetoADULT., and Tycho. A spin-off/related label — Spectral Sound — also emerged, and 100+ of their albums are also included in this special AADL collection.


AADL is thrilled to partner with Ghostly to offer DRM-free downloads and streaming of 150+ Ghostly and 100+ Spectral Sound albums to all AADL cardholders. All you need is to have an AADL library card. Then, login with your linked AADL online account, and all of these tracks are yours for the listening!

See Also: Learn More About Ghostly International (via The Ann)

See Also: Denver Public Library is Seeking Local Music for its Brand New Volume Denver Program (December 11, 2o13)

See Also: Iowa Public Radio Profiles Iowa City Library’s Local Music Project (August 21, 2013)

See Also: Streaming Music from National Library of New Zealand (April 2, 2012)

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