When I master audio I don't think I have ever thought of the music as a commodity as such or definitely not in isolation. I consider how much hard work has been been put in by a songwriter, band/musician, producer, rec engineer,
maybe mix engineer and with that in mind proceed in a way that will produce a good master for that genre whilst taking into consideration client taste and suggestion.
I send out a short questionnaire for some guidance. There is a fairly wide aperture for what is a good master and as such a great result can be achieved whilst including the clients comments as well as keeping it within sensible/translatable technical constraints.
consumed by generations who have no idea how it came to be, and no desire to find out; as such, we either accept the situation as it is, or risk self-delusion.
I also think this does not give music lovers a great deal of credit, I thnk you will find that a great many young people are interested in music and production (thankfully)
a classic example would be the readership of magazines such as SOS and the dwellers on these forums. This week I am mastering an album for someone who has a day job and does not deem themself a pro musician, but the material and attitude I am working with from the client is nothing but 100pct professional.
It might be a wider problem with society that things should happen without very hard work, but I know nothing happens unless you are 100pct passionate about what you do. Being a cinic is easy, working hard to succeed is hard but rewarding.
I would love to talk more but I am installing some enormous bass trapping today.