I have owned Apple computers since my Mac SE of 20 years ago. Never thought I would see the day when I am seriously considering dumping them, but it sure looks like what it is coming to.
Same here. First Apple computer in 1993. With their upcoming complete discontinuation of internally expandable computers, I will probably never buy a fully-fledged computer by Apple again.
On the original topic: I downgraded to MacOS X 10.6 about a year ago and have not regretted it. After my experience with MacOS 10.7 and 10.8 I decided to not automatically update iTunes anymore either. So I do use iTunes, but will keep it iTunes 10.7 for the time being.
I found some bugs. In the television show's section there is a list of episodes by season. Sometimes those text links just disappear right in front of my eyes as I go through them. There are also duplicate listings for the same downloaded episode. The one really odd thing was I found a Doctor Who television episode I did not purchase or download in my iTunes program. The entire episode played. Weird.
Mine is the OS X 10.8.5, and I only updated iTunes a couple of weeks ago, but still have all my nearly 200 playlists listed alphabetically on the left side, which I don't want to change. But when I switched to this new computer, I simply detested the changes in iPhoto, which is now sooooooooo hard to navigate!
I've had Macs since 1986 when I bought a new (but so embarrassingly puny!) Mac Plus, and wouldn't get an SE for a couple more years. Then I bought the white oval with the bar holding the 20" screen, and now this new iMac with its 27 inch screen, and I keep them side by side and sometimes switch between them, since I'm still keeping some things on the older one. How times have changed ... especially since the Mac Plus!
My home computer is still on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and it is going to stay there as long as possible. Nor have I upgraded iTunes beyond 10.7. How nice to have a program that still has features! But I know this can not last indefinitely. Sooner or later, and probably sooner since the next OS is about to come out, 10.6 is going to be too old to be able to run more and more programs.
I am already starting to hit this wall, programs requiring 10.7 or later.
My work computer runs Mountain Lion. My previous Mac died so I was forced to buy a new one. Once I turned off all the crap Apple changed to "make it better", it is tolerable to work with. I purposely upgrade all the programs, including iTunes, to see just what Apple is doing.
Each new version of iTunes is crappier than the one before. Adding features that are useless and pointless. Making the program harder and harder to use effectively. And WTF is it with the only one window at a time? Every Mac program almost without fail allows multiple open windows. It's a Mac standard!
But I know the answer. The portable devices probably don't have the power to open more than one window at a time. And since that is where Apple's bread and butter is, they could care less if there is a Mac standard.
I'm sure they are salivating for the day they can do away with Macs completely.