I can see by the written responses & I thank you, there are a number of different thoughts, but most don’t listen to music they don’t really like (seems kinda obvious).
Forced to by wife @ged_hickman1 or other person, will listen to unfamiliar @Speed_Racer (very true indeed) & then decide, life is too short @Saturn, move on if don’t like first track of a new/unfamiliar album @Jim_F, don’t even listen to a single track @Still-One are some of the reasons in a nutshell.
Some prefer to listen to their music skipping tracks @Kristofa, whilst others @Speed_Racer, @Jim_F whole albums & @Kristofa mostly whole albums, but may skip non favoured tracks.
I think the back story to this was as per above I found myself listening to something I didn’t really like (it was a soundtrack, a musical posted recently in that section). And I was thinking to myself, it’s really not my style, but I can see why others may enjoy it. I suppose I’ll not specifically play some death metal for the sake of an example I know I won’t like, but I may occasionally play some metal that isn’t really my thing, whole albums at a time, trying to get what others like about the band/artist/album, especially when I’ve heard good things.
Further, I do listen to a lot of new (or new to me music) because I really enjoy exploring. And, I tend to mostly listen to full albums, but do let Roon ‘discover’ at the end of an album quite often (these days), until I’m ready to play another album. I find playlists get a bit repetitive & I only really make them for a purpose e.g selective mood listening. That though doesn’t mean I’ll not play an album in high repetition (such as the very recent the Microphones release), because I love it so much & try to pick up on all the lyrics and nuances.
A poll to find out how people listen e.g. full albums, tracks, playlists would also be interesting to understand how people listen to their music.