For dial-up guys (like me), this is an free, easy, super awesome lo-fi (aka sound quality not the best) way to get songs of the internet.
Step 1: Materials
*NOTE* THIS IS NOT DOWNLOADING (but probably still illegal).
This is sound recording only, no visuals.
Any song from any where on the internet, can be a music video, a song, whatever
Computer w/ speakers
Sound recording software (a cheap one, which I'll be using comes pre-installed)
Step 2: Get Started
While loading a song (I'm doing the Raconteurs' "Steady As She Goes"), open the sound recording software. Without plugging the microphone in, press record so the sound recorder just records dead air. You do this to lengthen the time you can record. The Raconteurs song is 3:55 mins long, so I'll do the dead air record 4 times to give it enough room to record the entire song.
Step 3: Record
Get rid of any outside noises; it's best to do this at night when no one is awake.
Plug in the microphone. Set your speaker balance to one speaker (either left or right). Place the microphone near the balanced-to speaker. The distance from the speaker depends on your mircrophone/speaker; mine will probably be .5 - 1.5 in away.
Since the the recording software has time over the song, start the recorder and then, as quickly as possible, start the song.
Be very, very quiet while the song records.
Step 4: Finish and Disclaimer
Congratulations! You've recorded a song! Enjoy!
*DISCLAIMER* This instructables is for informational purposes only. Pirating music IS ILLEGAL! The RIAA and/or the FCC will have your head on a platter if they catch you. "Steady as She Goes" is copyrighted by the Raconteurs. Please don't blame me if you get in trouble (I mean its cool if you do, but if you try to sue me for getting you in trouble, I'll point to this disclaimer and say "PWND!!!")