Are any of you folks using HOOPLA Digital from your library"

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  1. olson_jr

    olson_jr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    What the heck is all the Hoopla Digital about?

    Are any of you folks using HOOPLA Digital from your library systems?

    Does anyone else even know that there is a free streaming service for music and movies offered at many libraries called HOOPLA?

    As TIDAL does not have ECM titles available I have been searching out interesting ECM CDs from our Library System. Recently, some of the new titles have only been available via HOOPLA Streaming, so I figured I would give it a try. Sign up and set up seemed easy enough and now I have access to many ECM titles both new and old. Actually, much more as HOOPLA says that it has hundreds of thousands of titles available.

    You can borrow 20 titles a month, the music files are good for 7 days.

    The sound quality seems pretty good, not sure what they are streaming at but they light up the 44.1K light on my HRT iStreamer DAC.

    I can stream via my computer or download to my iDevices to listen when I hike or in the car or at the pool.

    We have also watched a couple of movies on the laptop when we're traveling.

    All in all a nice way to listen to & discover new music.

    Check it out. https://www.hoopladigital.com

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  2. Rockyhill

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    Unfortunately my library does not participate :no: I like the concept, however.
     
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    I thought I was the only one here who used it. Any time I've mentioned it I heard crickets, lol.

    I'm not a regular user, but I really enjoy it for trips.
    A couple of things I noticed; We have three active library cards here, so 'my' monthly limits are tripled. I just need to sign in with each card #.
    I've also noticed that bigger boxset-type collections only count as 1 item, so I can really load up a player for road trips. They have some great jazz boxes available.

    The last time I tried the offline listening mode it had issues, though. Not sure what the problem was, but it was frustrating.

    My library also has a few other cool free online listening options. One is the Naxos library. It's HUGE!
     
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    Fron their help page:

    What can I do if my library does not offer hoopla? (Rev. 4/2017)
    hoopla digital wants to partner with your local library. If we are not currently partners, you should express interest at your local library branch.
     
  5. Rockyhill

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    Thanks, I saw that.

    Are you only borrowing what your library has or do you have access to a larger collection?
     
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    @Rockyhill

    Borrowing from a much larger collection than my local library, (actually larger than the combined Libraries in Michigan) which is the hoopla digital collection.

    Just wondering what, or how far, you can get at https://www.hoopladigital.com without Library Card access?
     
  7. juno

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    It is a service libraries pay for to provide to their customers. The content is through Hoopla and is not related to the physical collection that your library owns. My wife uses it to watch movies. There is another service called Freegal that actually allows downloads of digital music that you can keep, unlike Hoopla. I prefer Freegal for music although it takes about two weeks to download an album because we are allowed 8 songs a week. I sometimes use my wifes card number so i get an entire album at once. I havent used it lately, but it used to contain things mainly under the sony umbrella. Ill have to check it out again to see whats there. I wasvable to download a few things that are difficult to come by.
     
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    You will not get far at all.
    If you have a relative in a state or city with a library system that offers this service, you could ask them if they will give you their library card number.
     
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  9. juno

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    Yes they have an impressive collection of jazz and boxsets in general. It would indeed be great for trips. I was really excited when systm i work for got this service. I was immediately dismayed when i went to a training on it and found out that you cannot keep the content. I mean who can listen to an entire boxset that quickly. I hadnt thought about a situation such as yours.
     
  10. Leebob

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    IMG_0005.JPG I signed up this morning. Downloaded Gregory Porter-Take Me To The Alley:thumbsup:
     
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    I like your setup there Leebob. What is the tube thingy?
     
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  12. KrisM

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    Yeah, it can be tough getting through that much music in a week. It would be nice if they bumped it up a bit. I think when I borrow an actual CD from my library I get three weeks. And I can renew a couple of times, as long as somebody else doesn't have a hold request for it.
     
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    I have been able to renew music as long as I am not over the 20 borrows monthly limit. It has gotten strange at times and once I had to delete and redownload a recording.
     
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    Our system allows 49 items to be checked out at any given time. DVD and CD items are only one week though. When you check them out you can ask for maximum renewals (2) to get more time, as long as there are not pending holds.
     
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    Now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever tried to renew anything with Hoopla.
    I've re-borrowed stuff, though. One of my go-to borrows for trips is a 7(?) disc Dizzy Gillespie small groups boxset. Great from start to finish, and perfect driving music.
     
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    ronscat, sorry I missed your question. It's a pre amp tube buffer from China. The tablet>tube buffer>aux input on Kenwood.
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    I fabbed a 1/4 alum base with rubber feet and the box has the transformer inside and a power switch on the back.
     
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    Still using Hoopla:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  18. dr*audio

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    I use Hoopla. It's a great service. I mostly use it to check out new albums before buying them. At my old job I would check out some music and listen all day. Can't do that at my current job.
     
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    Checked out Duane Allman's Anthology 2 and Tom Waits- Blue Valentine today:music:
     
  20. +48V

    +48V hi-fi or die

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    While I have access to practically all the music I want via promo/review releases...and Premium streaming services, Hoopla's public library access is definitely a great free music resource for those that do not.

    Personally, I'm more intrigued & interested in their audio books. They don't have everything...but they do have a good number of premium titles. More than enough for someone to reconsider an Audible subscription. :)
     
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