Almost all music in the mainstream is awful. That said, I’m not one to say I’d rather keep the stuff I like unknown. However, it is a kind of sinking feeling when something you have always loved gets popular on a broad scale. The same thing is true of books or movies or anything. You can’t help but think it will become polluted with celebrity, or whatever. Or you're just selfish. Actually, I'm pretty sure that's how it is with me.
Anyway, the music that is popular today isn't of course bad just because it is popular. It's bad because it is completely cut off from any kind of true tradition of music. It is all about making people “feel” and is kitch tripe if we were to compare it with what other era’s had; music that one had to interact with personally and intellectually as well as emotionally. There is nothing personal about celebrity, and the thousands of little digital concerts that are being playedout on the zombie like populace’s ipods. All of which might imply that the fault is that of recording music at all.