I can't find it either. Your friend is right, that Adobe has removed this product as a free offer. However I have found where it can still be downloaded, here;
But you will see the warning that it is no longer supported by Adobe, and it will only work for 25 times without limitations.
Sorry, that's the best I can do.
I recently recommended Adobe photoshop album starter edition to my friend who can't afford to buy it from Adobe. She says it's not possible to download it free anymore. I think she only looked on the Adobe site. I thought of CNET, but couldn't find it in your list.
is it still available free?