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You buy a monthly subscription and then have access to stream all the songs you want from the online music catalog. You can also download a certain number of songs or purchase on a per-track basis to burn to a CD or transfer to a portable player.
With legal downloads, there are only a few restrictions, mostly regarding songs that have not been given the licensing rights from the owners who hold the publishing rights.
Also remember that "download" doesn't necessarily mean you can burn it as well. Also check to see if your choice in legal music sites are available in your country.
Most legal music services have excellent music search engines, programmed radio stations, resources for recommending similar music and unlimited tethered downloads.
The top legal music services also have catalog access to the big five labels- Universal, Warner, Sony, EMI and BMG. This accounts for all but 20% of recorded music.
It's these features that separate the legal download sites from the dumping grounds of the swap shops. They want to entice you and keep you happy. So be looking for added features with more value and options in the near future.
Most subscriptions for legal music sites are around $9.95 a month for unlimited streaming, tethered downloads, and limited burning. Permanent downloads, cd and individual track burning as well as other choices are available.