There is so much confusion on this stuff...
Yep. New website design is not really clear on all of these questions. And this thread is definitely TL:DR.
If you own operator, analog, M4L, any devices you already purchased, then you own a license to that instrument.
So, I have Live8 Suite, so I only miss the new glue compressor when upgrading?
If you upgrade to Live 9 standard, you have all of Live 9, plus whatever licenses youve acquired. If you already own Operator, you'll have Operator. You will be missing out on some sound packs, like essential orchestra, etc. that did not come with the license for Live 8 Suite. The version of m4l that Live 9 uses is based on Max6, so being that it is a completely upgraded version, this will not carry over, however they are offering a discount of 65 bucks to current owners of m4l as stated in their FAQ. You will not lose whatever you already own. For most people upgrading from Suite, upgrading to Standard will be exactly what they need.
That doesn't make sense. If I upgrade to Live 9 standard and have to buy M4L again for 59 Euros then it's pointless not to upgrade to suite because the Suite upgrade is almost the same price (129+59 standard+m4l vs.199 Suite).
Seems like existing L8Suite+M4L-users are really screwed.
And I also wish Ableton did a better job of making this information prevalent, as it is stuff that has been asked and answered time and again by the Abes in random parts of the forum.
+1 on that one!