True, but for the most part MTV really only exposed people to American owned corporate rock. It's not like they were regularly playing Japanese Avant Garde or Norwegian Black Metal. Youtube isn't subject to those limitations, and introductions can happen via other media than television;
Highly anecdotal... I don't think the average kid
is getting either of those things out of youtube. :lol: Probaly the same percentage of us who got into really obsucre undergound music in the '90s through college radio... which is to say, not much. I'd reckon ~7,800 youtube plays in 2010 equals a 2:00 AM spin on college radio in 1993.
I was thinking more from a wider market standpoint. I don't think a band like Faith No More would have a chance to get out in the mainstream as much as they did through MTV on the occasion that they drifted a bit out-of-the box. I also wouldn't say that in it's prime years that it wasn't pushing
second and third tier artists on the late night specialty shows (Headbanger's Ball, 120 Minutes, Yo!, etc.). While short lived, there was a lot more in-between kind of stuff then, IMO, which I think helped bridge listeners into underground music more. The internet still seems to have a pretty wide gap in that respect. :shrug: