I used to work at a music store when I was 12. I'm 24 now. They used to hook me up with discounted items, as well as a catalogue of ambient music that at the time, might have seemed a little too ambient to some, but right at home to me. Admittedly, there are maybe 10 out of 18000 songs that I've downloaded online, but iTunes, Napster, and other pay services have been compensated for their arrival on my PC. Also, in some cases, replacements had to be made due to robberies and losses in general. I hope that quenched the desire you had to know.
The other side of my catalogue came from equivelent trades and exchanges. I worked alot, met people with similar interests of music and taste, and whatever they derived their music from, I earned through computer repair, general chorework, work in general, or giving a ride, etc. There is such a thing as borrowing a CD. Now, with the technologies available, we've got the ability to copy a few .mp3s here and there. And, so long as you've got the consent of the owner of the CD, you've got the ability to make a test copy of a song.
I'd say to those who want to find something without paying "I don't blame you, but it's not right." There are a lot of out of print, hard to find, or generally obscure items that on the United State-side, you just can't find without a connection to an import specialist. Now, with the internet, programs such as iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, MSN, AOL, whatever your weapon of choice may be, you've got plenty of things available. It's your ultimate choice to maintain your collection, pay for items you've got or would like to have, and respect the artists that work their a^l^es off to make what it is you listen to is readily available off the air, if it's even played in a commercial market on any radio medium. My collection is humble. It took a lot of hard work and and saving to find, a lot of resources to attain and maintain, and much respect to those who made it.
If you feel I should be persecuted, feel free to prove a point. Otherwise, leave it alone and get your own through your own means. Just don't do anything disrespectful or ignorant. Stupidity is the leading cause to life imprisonment.