Seems to me they're trying to railroad existing M4L users into the Suite 9 upgrade...
After all, we've already paid for M4L.
Yeah, and we paid more for it than many paid for their upgrade to Suite 9. Now, through their abandoning further support of m4L in Live 8, they made it so we bought 'The Old m4L', simply because we are not on the current Live version.
It's probably the main emotional reason I'm holding off Live 9. I feel somewhat tricked and certainly railroaded after I was led to believe that m4L would be just "Max for Live", regardless, a product in its own right. Now suddenly I have to keep upgrading Live proper just to keep m4L current. That wasn't really what I was led to believe and what I paid $200 for, a mere ten months
ago. They were actually selling m4L separately right up until release of Live 9, despite it obviously already being EOL as a separately maintained product.
And of course it's deliberate. More people upgrade at minimal additional development overhead, and Live 9 gets a juicy additional featureset, brought to them by us friendly Live8/Max5-suckers. What's not to like, from Appleton's perspective?