I used to go every Saturday to "Sam the Record Man" to buy records, tapes and eventually cd's. Being in Canada I guess they felt that a special "import" price for most rap music was necessary. Not that the record companies themselves dinged me, but I was dinged usually $30-40 for an album. I used to have about 1000 records, and 600 cd's....do the math.
Once Napster and limewire came around, you bet yer arse I downloaded music for free. In particular lots of music I had already bought on cassette or even vinyl.
Now this year I think I downloaded a few DJ mixes, and a dozen albums and they were all garbage with exception of a few songs. I'm glad I didn't but this crap or I would have really been ticked.
Now I know I could go to some legit sites and listen to a clip before buying, but I've been turned to the dark side because of what I just said. (Also agree with what DukeNukem says)
Until downloads become punishable by death, I will always download for free.