I never thought this day would come.... I've finally found an app that looks and operates like iTunes... but before iTunes started to suck so very very badly. I never moved past version 10, because I simply couldn't abide the changes to the interface and the eventual loss of the column browser. But as with all things Apple, they either find ways to force you to upgrade, or find way to make it stop working entirely.
I've tried a ton of other apps, but they all seemed too complicated, too expensive, or were just flat out ugly.
I don't know why it took me so long to stumble across MusicBee... but it's just what I was looking for! And with the "classic iTunes skin", I finally have a modern, supported app, that just PLAYS MY MUSIC and lets me sort things THE WAY I WANT TO.
I had almost given up hope.
To the author, please accept my donation and my utmost gratitude.