So right now I'm approx. 2 - 2.5 weeks into Suite 9 and so far I'm quite pleased.
I think there's one thing the people which started to doubt the whole company are forgetting: just because it doesn't seem to work for you doesn't mean it fails for everybody. There are plenty of people who are quite pleased with the current setup, just like there are people who are having problems.
That's not saying there aren't any problems at all, but I don't get the impression its as dramatic as it was back in the days with Live 8.
The main thing for me was realizing that Live 9 required a different approach in workflow. Where I used to point my main environments to 1 single directory which contained just about everything (Live library & demo projects, Reason Refills (read: sample / preset collection), Komplete Elements data, sample collection) I now cut that up a bit so that Live only needs to deal with Live material.
Another thing is only starting to copy / move m4l patches whenever Live 9 has been started, this way I can be sure that files I add to the whole directory structure are almost immediately available. If I add files first, then fire up Live it might take a while.
At first I was quite annoyed as well, until I simply figured "new program, new workflow", so far I'm good.
That's not saying all is well. I have one main annoyance; the 'External instruments' device. By default mine points to Reason which I often use Rewired into Live. It used to clearly indicate if your selected target wasn't present by showing the presets in a red colour. Nowadays it simply points to something else; which is both confusing as well as annoying.
The only way to tell its not real is because the channel selection is greyed out.
Another (lesser) annoyance is the time it takes to start up. Sometimes the program is fired up and then needs extra time to display the browser contents.
But apart from that I'm actually quite pleased with Live 9.
I enjoy Max 6, several changes make sense to me (re-enable automation in combination with 'back to arrangement', separate automation arm button, session record button, etc.), I enjoy the extra contents such as the OIC (addictive as heck!), and the hardware detection kicks some serious
I start Live 9 thinking "just a quick test", ending up "ok, I should have turned the APC on". Yeah, but now I can! I fire up Live 9, later I turn on my APC40 and WHAM; Live picks it up. I go deeper and turn on my keyboard; wham! It's there, ready to play.
That is just frickin' awesome. Not even Reason does this, even though I'm quite impressed with the way it handles hardware (when started stand alone I can use my keyboard in Reason. When started in rewire mode it won't complain about not being able to access my keyboard).
And extracting MIDI from Audio never ceases to impress me. I can't wait until the end of April when I should be able to turn those samples into REX loops