If you've been to any festival, you've no doubt seen the ground littered with trash. Whether it's empty soda bottles, scene kids giving free hugs (sick burn!), or those little post cards advertising a band, it covers the ground, and you step all over it. However, you will often see sampler CDs in this same pile.
For some, sampler CDs are a great way to discover new music, while some think they make great projectiles during a live show. What do you think about sampler CDs? Do you listen to them? If so, do you ever hear a band on there and go search for their other stuff? What's the best sampler experience you've had?
If you don't listen to them, why not? Labels spend a lot of money producing these...do you think they're worth it?
I'm a big fan of the CD sampler. If not for them I would have been subjected to far fewer bands. Fat Wreck had a great "Survival of the Fattest" series, and the Warped Comps were great for the first 4 or 5 years (especially the live one).
Finding a free disc in a purchased CD has always been a blast, and there's almost always one song worth investigating.