I've used a paid newsgroup service on and off for a few years now and on occasion a torrent. They certainly have some advantages like getting the content to you on the same day or access to early releases. I've finally dumped my news service due to some of the hassles and a lot of junk postings as I discussed in another topic.
On my off months of newsgroups I use a online video rental service and its such a smoother process than downloading online. I discover much more movies and receive a nice shiny disc in the mail. I can watch in full hd with complete extras and not some crappy mkv rip. Most of them even have their own video streaming service now.
As for music I've been using one of the subscription based services for free from collecting coke caps. No searching for torrents or dealing with improperly ripped tunes, just instant access to like 4 million songs. There is also software out there that can convert the tracks by speed dubbing into mp3 with tags so you can use wherever you want.
There are also online game rental sites for when I'm in the mood for that. I'm happy with this setup for my media needs. I'm sure most of you don't care but felt like I need to babble anyway.
thanks for reading