what systems/requirements will work best for fast downloading and good storage? Any good music download programs? And any reccomendations of super good virus protection, because I know that's a big risk with downloading music.
Morning, I don't think you need a big heavy duty laptop for the purpose (infact I don't think you need a laptop at all)
Firstly I would recommend you to buy an external drive (perhaps a 500GB one) which will do the trick for storing music files.
Secondly for the downloading speed it all depends on how much Mbps you are getting from your ISP (Internet Service provider), 24MB line will give you quite fast internet (one file can be downloaded in few seconds).
Additionally, it also depends on your router, which you are using at home to get the internet. The router should be able to transmit enough data across to your pc. In addition it also depends whether you are using wireless or wired connection. Generally wireless connection may loose the strength while you downloading music however wired connection would not.
To download music that depends if you want to download it for free or paid. For free download you can use bittorrent program and use websites like mininova or isohunt to download music. However you need to open a port on your router to download the music otherwise your router will block the traffic.
As far as Antivirus is concern I would recommend to buy an AVG Antivirus, along with Malwarebytes.
Hope this helps