I don't see those as reasons not to like the music though. The end product is what is being offered up to you, not the means it was created by. Fair enough if you don't like what you hear, nothing wrong with a reason like that, but to not like something because you view the means of the product as being cynical and vacuous to me is not a good enough reason to say you dislike the product itself. I can definitely agree, to an extent, with you about the majority of American pop music. A lot of it is cynical, vacuous and made for money. I still personally like it though because it sounds pleasing to these ears, and that's how I judge the music, not on its artistic credentials.