Music sucks today.
Not the bands — theres lots of great stuff out there, its just much harder to given the death of radio.
No, we are talking about the quality of recorded music. Its bad, and getting worse. And, we have proof of exactly how bad it sucks: Overcompression
As reported by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recored music has increasingly grown louder, at the expense of dynamic range — the differences between the softest and loudest portions of any recorded music sample.
IEEE reports on "the smoking gun of the loudness war is the difference between the waveforms of songs 20 years ago and now." Below you can see two examples:
UPDATE: December 28, 2007 9:27 AM
See this new article:
The Death of High Fidelity
In the age of MP3s, sound quality is worse than ever
Rolling Stone, Dec 26, 2007 1:27 PM
The Future of Music