In the past ten years, pop stardom met reality TV, the mobile phone met the MP3 player, and music stores and record labels met their doom. Some say that as a result, music has never been so democratic and accessible. Others claim it has never sounded worse. We find out who's right on today's Soundcheck Smackdown, featuring pop music writer Glenn Gamboa and New York Times chief pop music critic Jon Pareles.
Weigh in: Was the past decade the best of times or the worst of times in music? Why? Leave a commment -- we'll read some of them on the air during today's show. And: cast your vote!