As I was growing up, I heard music pretty much in album format only. My folks didn't often have music radio on, so I didn't hear individual songs very much. When they listened to music they'd switch on the radiogram (!) and put on the soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof, or High Society with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Or they'd put on a symphony by Mendelssohn or Beethoven. They didn't have any singles.
This was just background to me, as I didn't really get into any of it, but I realise that it shaped the way I listen to music to this day. I play albums. I rarely use shuffle on my MP3 player, always preferring to select an album. Even now, if I come across a new band, I'll buy a CD and listen to it as a whole.
How about you?
The other thing I do is hardly ever put on music as background while I do something else. I much prefer to settle down and give the music my undivided attention. I immerse myself in it. I have a decent hifi, and some great headphones, and unless I'm in the car, that's how I'll listen. I guess I'm in a small minority in this.
What do you do?
My first dozen music purchases. Quite a few classics in there!