If you look to radio for music it might seem that way. Personally I tend to find music through websites like pitchfork and stereo gum or just from looking at my local record store. The radio and MTV are deadends for real music fans but the web has some great sources. I do find it encouraging that Interpol, Arcade Fire and Atmosphere have albums in the Itunes top ten right now.
I think the auto-tune thing is more of a joke now than anything. To be fair though, I'm much like Kevin in that I hunt for good music instead of being force fed crappy music by MTV and etc. like musical veal. Then I do my best to spread the gospel of what makes good music.
I think if most folks actually knew the "singers" voice was enhanced with auto-tune to allow them to hit all the right notes, the "singer" would not get the same popularity that auto-tune affords them. I use quotes around the word singers as I am using that term loosely in this context.
so are you saying that today's singers that can't hit the right notes are good enough on their own because "Perfection is overrated"? Clearly the unique style of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits is an artistic expression in and of themselves and not really what Auto-Tune is about.
"You can hear the robotic, processed sound of the plug-in on recent hit records like “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx and T-Pain, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga and “Right Now (Na Na Na)” by Akon. It’s also heard on tracks by Kanye West, Britney Spears and Lil Wayne. When West attempted to sing “Love Lockdown” without the plug-in on “Saturday Night Live,” the results were none too impressive and got ridiculed online." http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30969073