One of the Library’s most popular electronic resources is our subscription to the Naxos Music Library database. This fantastic music resource contains nearly 70,000 albums and nearly 1,000,000 tracks that can be streamed to your computer for free, 24/7. But did you know that there is also a Naxos Music Library app for your smartphone that allows you to create playlists and stream music anywhere, anytime?
If you have an iPad/iPhone or an Android device, you can download and install the NML app, and then use the Library’s subscription to create a personal login and build your own NML playlists! (The apps are easy to find in your device app store: just search for the word “Naxos,” and it should be the first thing that pops up!)
Basically, you need to log in to our library subscription (get there from our Music Resources page) to prove to Naxos that you’re a card-carrying library member; once you’re in there you can set up your personal login for free, which the app will then recognize as valid. Everyone else (i.e., NON-library members) has to pay a personal subscription fee to access the app content.
One of the most interesting things about Naxos is the wide variety of music available in their database. While they DO specialize in classical and jazz, there is also a fascinating mix of pop and folk music mixed into their catalogue, including the entire Nettwerk label.
To create playlists that you can access in your app, log in to the web version of Naxos (always going in via the library’s page, otherwise you won’t have access to our institutional subscription) and then choose “Playlists” and “login.” You can then browse the catalogue, find tracks that you want to play, and add them to a personal playlist.
A couple of cautions: the Naxos website has a fairly short time-out window, which means you might find you get logged out of your personal account a few times when you’re browsing around looking for music to add. The short logout window is because our subscription only allows a certain number of people to be logged in at the same time, and because it’s a popular site, users do occasionally get “bumped.”
Please note as well that the app uses streaming music technology to bring you your music, which means of course that it’s using your device’s data plan to deliver the stream. If your monthly data usage is a concern, you should probably only use the app only when hooked up to a Wi-Fi network.