I agree that today's popular radio music is pretty sad. That said, it truly is a golden age of access to music as I can literally talk to my watch and suddenly I will hear any song I want. Youtube and soundcloud contain a limitless amount of awesomeness (live shows, people just sharing what they're doing, lessons from masters in their craft) that you just have to dig to find. I can sit for hours digging through artists I have never heard of and always find a few songs I absolutely love each session to add to my playlist. For musicians it's also easier than ever to record and share your stuff too. The choice is amazing out there! But yeah most of the 'curated' radio stuff is blah, cookie cutter yuk.