My friends and I like to muse about telling grandchildren about the Golden Age of Napster like the old curmudgeons we surely will become. One could download almost any song imaginable. Sure, there were some obscure limits. But I built up a good repertoire of Heavy Metal and Classical songs. Good times.
I haven't tried filesharing in years. I have to hand it to them, the RIAA did a great job of scaring the bejeezus out of me. So no more filesharing? What then? Well, I found the public library to be robust. Sure, it doesn't have the great Metal albums. I'll just save up and buy those. But all those great Classical albums that you've been dying to hear? The library has most of them. I'm not worried about Hayden not getting his royalty checks. And there are so many versions of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, how is one to know which to buy? Definitely if you like Classical or Jazz, the library is the way to go. I've learned to request material from other branches and place holds. The library is my Napster.