I continue to hold on, but I know my days with iTunes and iPods are numbered. I plan on sticking with it for as long as I can. I basically like iTunes (the older versions of it) and think my favorite version was somewhere around 10.5 or 10.6 (roughly five years ago). As it gradually became more limiting and as they kept adding features that I didn't want, I woke up and realized that I shouldn't be updating it without a second thought. After foolishly upgrading to version 11, I managed to uninstall that and re-install 10.7 (an ordeal, but well worth it), which is what I've been using ever since. I recently found that I had to upgrade to El Cap on my iMac for browsing purposes, and elected to partition the hard drive in order to keep iTunes 10.7 on the Snow Leopard side of the HD. It's not ideal (obviously), but so far I'm getting along with it. Still using my two 150gb iPod classics, and haven't even synced them in a very long time. Plenty of music, almost none of which I purchased through Apple. I've never been a cloud guy.
Anyway, it just illustrates that everybody has their own preferences and methods of utilizing all of this technology.