Yours was an unfortunate situation really. But if you're on broadband, keep computer turned on, have the space, know a patient ftp owner you just drag&drop some files in a few minutes and hey you have the archive in few hours/days/weeks depending on the size. Most of the files won't be used in your lifetime but you can't know which of them, and if it doesn't hurt to get them, why shouldn't you? I stress the hurting part, your experiences weren't nice I see
Don't think I don't understand your situation. I'm struggling to remain on broadband, it's expensive and unstable here and it was a lot worse in recent past.
That's for example a lot better than paying for CDs. In my utopic world people that sell pirate cds are the only ones subject to death penalty