Stop defending your theft
I don't care if you download music. What you do with your computer and your bandwidth is up to you. I mean, I occasionally download songs because it's free and I figure 'what the hell, I'll never get caught'.
But you have to draw the line somewhere. I'd like to offer up a big 'stfu' to anyone who thinks that by downloading music they are
* not stealing, or
* helping the artist(s) in some way.
I could start picking apart arguments at this point but I don't really see much of a benefit in doing so. The bottom line is this: If you're going to rip off your favorite bands, at least have the spine to admit that you're doing it. There's no grey area here: either you are stealing music or you aren't.