I've been downloading music for along time, majority of it has not been worth spending money on.
I even have some of adele's songs in mp3 obtained from obscure sources.
Unfortunatly in the world of corporate cookie cutter music, The quality of music that has been coming out in the last 5 just doesn't warrent the attention it expects.
With quick, high charting, money making, gone the next day style of music released lately, I don't see much of it becoming modern day classic hits.
Adele, on the other hand, is different. The quality, honestness and feel of her music, Is deffinetly one that, even if she failed to make another album, ever again, would be heard on radio's over the world for years to come.
I would not have discovered how good, had I not first heard her songs, on some dodgy low bitrate mp3.
In saying that, I have actually purchased, legally, the 21 album on vinyl. This would not have been the case had I not sampled the music prior. Thankyou Adele.