jeffstarr said That's cute Elk, but it doesn't answer my question. Why do you/they "appreciate" the feature?I'm sorry, I see no cuteness in my response. I simply acknowledge the clarity of your mini-rant: for you it is an unimportant feature.
I personally do not care if the display contains album art, although I have played with it as an amusement because it is there. But, as I have stated elsewhere, I do not care for the touchscreen and its loud graphics, and dislike the lit logo. I greatly prefer much simpler displays coupled with dedicated buttons and no extra lights. Thus, my vote would be to dump it all.
I doubt people look at the artwork display for information while listening, although perhaps they do when using a playlist (I never use playlists). I assume its appeal is eye-candy; we are visual creatures. Additionally, ours is an information culture. CD players have displayed CD text for years. We expect displays to contain real-time data.