Are you familiar with Freegal?
It’s a music service that many libraries provide their patrons with access to (you can check here if your library participates) and you can listen to music through it for free – if you don’t want to pay for Spotify or Amazon Music, it’s a great alternative, although it doesn’t include every song on the planet.
And the best part is that your library card gives you access to a certain number of free downloads a week (the number of downloads vary based on your library’s set-up. My library lets me download 3 songs a week).
Once you download those songs, they’re yours forever to do what you want with (for personal, non-commercial use).
Which means. . . . YOTO CARDS!
It’s super simple to make a Yoto music card with Freegal songs.
Here’s how you do it:
How to Use Freegal to Make Yoto Music Cards
This can be done straight from your phone or you can use your computer (I find the computer easier, but it’s really just a matter of personal preference).
First, open up Freegal and log in. You’ll use your library card number and pin to log in. At the top of the screen, you’ll see how many downloads you have for the week.
Search for the songs you want. Once you’ve found a song you want to download, click the download button. (If you’re on your phone, you’ll click the three horizontal dots at the right hand edge of the song and then tap “Download song.”
Now open your Yoto App. Click “My Library” on the bottom. and scroll along the top until you get to the “Make Your Own” option. (Or if you’re doing it on your computer, go to this page).
Click “New Playlist.” A new window will open and there will be a large orange button that says “Make New.” Click that button.
Name your new playlist (Mine is called “Library music”) Then choose “Add Audio.”
When the new window pops up, navigate to your download folder. Open the folder and find your folder for your song (if you don’t see it, use the search bar to find it!).
Select all your songs and then choose “Open” in the top right corner.
Once all the files have uploaded, drag and drop them into the order you want, then choose “Create.”
Go back to the Yoto app and you’ll see your new recording under “Make Your Own.” Click the three vertical dots to the right and choose “Link to a Card” on the menu that pops up.
Put your blank card in the Yoto player and press “Link” on the app. Or, even easier, choose the “link with phone” options and hold up the card to your phone when prompted. When the button turns green, it’s linked and ready to play.
Label your card. I like to wrap a piece of washi tape around the top of the card or if I’m feeling fancy, here’s how to make really great custom labels for your Yoto cards!
You can keep adding new songs to the playlist each week as more downloads become available.