Thank you for voicing my frustration.
OK, so I’m an old guy, drinking the Kool-aid exclusively since 1991.
And I still perceive iTunes as my music database/player. “Rip, Mix, Burn” (Where “Rip” includes download, purchase, etc. And “Burn means offload to iPhone)
On my older Macs that still have some version of iTunes prior to 10.x, I guard that app from upgrading like it was the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. Sure, it was bloated by then. But so hard now get to simply my categorized lists, buy genre, artist and album. My carefully curated playlists. I have to seek out the ‘SONGS’ button to pare my iTunes app down to my iTunes collection.
They turned the perfect database/jukebox system into a streetside hustler selling watches, kitchen knives and socket sets out of their trench coat pockets.