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If you're downloading it from a licensed site, which charges the user a fee based on membership or on a per song basis, then it's perfectly legal. Downloading music for free and not paying any licensing fee is illegal and an infringement of US copyright laws as well as those of the majority of other countries.

Giving music away that you paid for is illegal.

There are sites (notably musicians own home pages) that give away their own music. And there are sites that do have free downloads, paid for through advertising and similar promotions.

There are sites that have "free" music (not restricted by copyright).

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