Sign up for a radio account on the web. You can customize the features of the site, so that it knows what type of music and which artists you like to listen to. Pandora is one of the more popular online radio sites, and there’s also Last.fm and Slacker, all of which are high quality.
A website that offers legal music downloads will usually not have a wide range of custom files and mixes available. This is because they are distributing the music from reputable labels. If the website has a dozen versions of the Dave Rose Song you are looking for, you are probably not on a legal download site.
If you are having problems downloading with a peer to peer program, check your firewall. Unless you allow the program, you won’t be able to do any uploading or downloading. Windows comes with a firewall built in, and this will have to be altered to allow for your program’s actions.
Stay away from any music downloads that require a peer to peer client, also known as p2p software. No matter how slickly designed such sites are, they are probably just an access point for music pirates and torrent users. Avoid these, as almost all torrent activity is a legal risk.
If you want a discount on your music downloads, look for gift card deals at local retailers. A lot of music download venders (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) have gift cards, and sometimes these cards are offered at a discount to their face price. So a $50 iTunes card may be sold for $45. It’s a way to save a little money on your music.