In a weird way, I kind of miss buying CDs. Somehow it's more satisfying to spend hard-earned money on a CD than just pull it up for free on YouTube or Last.fm Perhaps, in a way, instant gratification isn't what it's cracked up to be.
If you're listening to the radio, I think the 90's produced better music. There were some really good alternative bands back in the day when 'alternative' truly was 'alternative.' Now, most of the popular stuff today sounds bland and unoriginal.
I hardly listen to the radio now. I mostly listen to my CD collection or whatever good I can pull up online.
I disagree with this. There were some great bands who went mainstream like Nirvana, the Cranberries, the Breeders...but pop music was AWFUL in the 90's. I mean even as a kid in middle school I was like "WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO POP MUSIC??"
The 80's were THE decade for pop music/new wave. By the late 80's pop music was awful, and it was even worse in the early 90's. Which is why "college music" went "alternative" and "grunge" and became more mainstream, because pop music was so horrifically bad.
I actually like a lot of music from RIGHT NOW, and it's fairly easy to find on the Internet on You Tube and streaming radio, or downloadables on Amazon.
It's not that music is bad now, it's that it's silly to rely on an outdated medium like increasingly corporatized radio to get new music.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey