Holding back the years
I am one of those users that goes against the grain! The only things I want synced are calendars, contacts and email. I have an iPad and an iPhone 5c, but my Mac mini and iPod are the only devices I want music on. I buy 90% of my music on CD still and sync my iPod using a cable.
I have no desire for iTunes Match or Apple Music – if I pay for it, I want to own something! I can deselect the iCloud download column, but have to do it in each playlist. I also see no need for hearts and stars. How can I remove these in one go from everything? I want to fall in love with iTunes again! Rob Orton You won’t want to hear this, but I really think that your best bet is to embrace change rather than fight it. There are alternatives to iTunes but I can’t find one app that will do everything you want, how you want it. There are a few CD rippers, like X Lossless Decoder (http://bit.ly/1Mkt12n) and Max (sbooth.org/Max) but they are rather old and complicated.
For MP3 players you have the opposite problem: all the rivals to the iOS Music app attempt to add more social network integration and streaming features, not fewer. I’m at the head of the queue to complain about iTunes’ interface but I think the alternatives would all be worse. You can still use iTunes without Apple Music or iTunes Match though.
You can hide Apple Music features in iTunes’ preferences, under General and Parental.