For any other piece of software, the bloat would be enough reason to punt and start looking for alternatives.
But now, in a move reminiscent of the ultimate evil in the galaxy, Apple Music is bringing back DRM. Search ‘i Tunes alternatives Mac’ and you’ll find stacks of articles discussing the same 5–8 apps.
The second item on the File menu is “Import i Tunes Library”, which works perfectly.
Previous versions couldn’t import Smart Playlists, but the current release handles them perfectly.
I built a larger and larger music collection, started working as a DJ professionally, and saved the playlist from every gig in i Tunes.
Now I have a maxxed-out Mac Book Pro, and even when i Tunes pinwheeled the second time I opened it I took a deep breath and persevered.
After all, I have 2500 playlists managing tens of thousands of songs.