Thinking about my analogy earlier, maybe it could be the other way around
Maybe the Bitwig guys who left Ableton are the ones with the real original idea, and it's their baby and a genuine expression of their desires, the way Live used to be for them.
Maybe 9 will become the app that lost vision, because it went with the dudes to Bitwig
We shall see
All I know is, for my purposes, Live 9 is great and it's fortunate that I love using it.
Looking forward to trying Bitwig, but until I get my hands on it, I'm glad to have what I've got.
To underline how you nailed it, lets look at the new stuff in Live9
EQ8 improved - as much as I read it was the developer of Glue who improved it !
(how embarrassing this is...
Glue itself - made by third party !
MAX devices - also made by third party
Push - made by third party
What's left ?
A browser made for Push support, some face lift,
a imitation of Melodyne and some sloppy working curves
Must have been three hard working years for Ableton programmers.
Looking at Bitwig, I could add more then 10 innovations(already done in many post's)
including that all what Live offers is already in Bitwig too.
Bitwig is also fresh from start programmed and has 64bit really working,
where Ableton them self not recommending it(if I'm right)
All these are facts and not made up !
Bitwig developers were the ones with the ideas, but I think some managers wanted to
leave the innovative side and "Push" Live to a money maker.
(Including a Apple-Like presentation ala Steve Jobs(R.I.P.)
Live 9 is build for that and the price tags shows it.
I don't expect any serious improvements and new functions until Live 10.
Depends if they find more third part programmers to join the big "Live-Boat".