Music is just as good and inventive as it ever was. Don't listen to country much at all so that genre is unclear to me but it seems like it's all the same songs thematically as it ever was but more influenced by rock and modern culture. Now the radio tunes in rotation are all metal, hard rock, and funky pop that I listen to while driving and trippy electronic mind f*ck stuff streaming off the web at home. Haven't bought a CD in over ten years.
Black metal (the sh!t I listen to) is like this. There's nothing really cutting edge these days. And I guess it's like most genres of music: 95% of it is run of the mill sh!t. But that other 5% is f*cking head bangin'!
Sad that you don't buy music anymore though. I like to support the bands I'm into, they deserve it. It's exciting, too, to go to a music store and buy a CD that looks cool, you know the impulse buy thing. Paying for music, listening to it non-stop for a month, impulse buying, the smell of the CD booklet, reading the lyrics as you're listening to it for the first time; it's all a part of being a music lover. I hate the digital age, it's spawned a whole generation of careless and spiritless music listeners. And I guess the same could be said for the iPod, but I actually think that's a good idea. It's better than carrying 100 of your favorite CD's and a clunky CD player around everywhere.