I think one of the obvious rejoinders to Michael Gorman's whining is the spread of music videos as an art form (oh, hey, Stahlregen's got a new one out, BTW) since these combine video imagery and music in complex forms that at their best require repeated consideration and analysis. Not only is the form itself complex, but crafting them has gone from a rare skill practiced by a handful of people with expensive -occasionally custom-made- equipment to a popular form of entertainment accessible to millions of adolescents using off-the-shelf hardware and software packages that are only moderately expensive. I don't think anything has had this kind of impact on popular culture since the advent of the electronic synthesizer.
On a more personal level, I think I need to tweak the WMP settings on the Dell. I tried to burn a new mix CD before work today, but it crapped out after eight songs. There was nothing obviously wrong with the CD I was using, so I may try burning it again at a lower speed and see if that works better.