I began actually listen to music when i bought my first cd player. (back in the 80's). I bought a lot of crappy cd's , because i couldn't afford less. Most were covers of soundtracks on synthesizers and some cd's with remastered Vangelis sounds.
After a while my interest in rap surfaced. Listening to Cypress Hill , Osdorp Posse , Run DMC , etc. I'm still very fond of a good rap song, but i absolutely hate R&B as it is showed on today's music channels.
At the moment my interest in music has broadened to excellent guitars , better beats , good lyrics and more passion into music.
I can happily listen to Deep Purple , Aerosmith , U2 , ColdPlay. There's not much that i don't like anymore , except for R&B, which will always have a deep hate in my heart.
I can also enjoy harsh lyrics such as in the Bloodhound Gang or just listen to a show of Denis Leary
I've also tried to listen to somewhat other styles and became very fond of most of them. For instance : Clan of Xymox , Air , Dido , Marilyn Manson , Counting Crows ; You name it , i probably have at least listened once to it.
An ex-colleague had a HUGE set of Goth/Rock mp3's with bandnames i couldn't even pronounce if i tried it , but i liked the music.
I've become very interested in Music DVD's , where you can relive some of the concerts of great people in music history or amaze at the fine art between moving pictures and music.
I currently have the following music DVD's
U2 - Elevation Tour
Madonna - Drowned World Tour
The Up In Smoke Tour 2002
Disney's Fantasia 2000