Auto-tuning is a fad in music these days that really needs to be laid off on. Okay, I will admit that in the rarest of cases, auto-tuning can add an interesting splash to the odd song. But the majority of the time? Music is being irrevocably hurt by it.
Auto-tuning a mediocre singer to make them sound better? This cheapens music to make anyone think that they can become successful in it if they have enough money or technology. What about the people with real talent who should be in the spotlight? It makes it harder for them to get the recognition they deserve.
And then there are those that believe people those who do in fact have good voices can get away with using auto-tune. For example, someone on my local radio station said he felt that since Nate Ruess, the lead singer of "Fun." has quite the pipes on him, it’s okay that he uses auto-tune in many of his songs. But why? Why take away from his natural vocals by covering them with an effect? Sometimes the technology can in fact make someone sound worse than they are naturally. I mean, I’m sure Rebecca Black isn’t nearly as scratchy in real life as she sounded in “Friday," right?
I mean, I don’t have anything to do with the music business or any say at all in what becomes poplar, so I’m sure this fad will continue for a long time to come. But that’s the great thing about the diversity of music these days; I can just choose to listen to something that I do like! And that's the ticket to ride on.