The iconic magazine hit out at the pitch-correction software in their 2010 list of backfired inventions, saying “It's a technology that can make bad singers sound good and really bad singers sound like robots. And it gives singers who sound like Kanye West or Cher the misplaced confidence that they too can croon”.
To give you an idea of how bad they are saying autotune is, the list also includes snuggies for dogs, pop-up ads and Smell-o-Vision. Time aren’t the only people to criticize autotune. The Chicago Tribune printed a report on its negative impact on the music industry and the Music Critic for the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph has also publicly criticized its use.
Many singers and bands have also hit out at it, Including Christina Aguilera, who wore a t-shirt in public stating ‘auto-tune is for pussies’, Death Cab for Cutie, who wore blue ribbons at the 2009 Grammy Awards in protest, and Jay-Z, who released a single in 2009 titled “D.O.A (death of auto-tune)”.