As many have already said . . . thought provoking . . . along with many interesting responses.
We often, or usually, lose track of how integral technology and marketing are to what we’d like to think as our “love of music”, how we are influenced by those things that we otherwise consider tangental to our “taste”.
One of the positive aspects of streaming technologies is that newer listeners seem to be far more open minded to a wider spectrum of genres than my older analog-era generation, and I would guess that one reason for that it is all at the younger generations’ fingertips. My generation should thus consider how music was marketed to us through narrower channels and how “exclusivity” or exclusion of other music was built into the marketing. It wasn’t simply that we were “cool”.