What Phone after Apple's Bullying?

I am tired of Apple's trying to bully me into buying their new equipment by breaking the equipment I already bought from them, (iPhone 5s & iMac), through the introduction of IOS9. My question is What phones compete with iPhones in functionality, and can access my iTunes archive, (tunes I own but did not buy from Apple)? While I'm at it Does anyone know of a good music archiving system that is NOT iTunes?

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Clarification Request
What broke, exactly(?)

I upgraded a half dozen 5S's this weekend to iOS9 with no issues yet to speak of. What broke on yours exactly? I only had one issue with an older iPad 2 that barely had enough free space to download the update (LOL).

IME and O though, most people could benefit from a clean install of iOS9 instead of layering over what's already there.


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The phone

After installing IOS 9 All of my contacts were lost, along with all cardiac/exercise data stored for my cardiologist. Some iphoto access. Now if I had failed to back these up that would be my fault, but they were backed up in the icloud, and in itunes on my computer. The problem is: that icloud would only go back to the moment of the update, and itunes no longer recognizes the phone at all with the message: "This phone cannot be used as it must have a later version of itunes. to obtain go to" when I go there it tells me I already have the latest version of course. At first the phone was completely knocked out leaving me with no phone for 3+days over the weekend. when it came back it was"just a phone" and could have been duplicated at any Target for $19.95. The reason my phone cannot be recognized is because I have an older IOS on my mac. one that works well with many music programs and other software that will no longer work if I update not to mention my extensive music library I have archived from music I own, but did not purchase from itunes. I think this is a good example of what happens when there are too few providers for the same thing in this case Apple and MSDos. in other cases banks with near monopolies, stores etc.

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I use an old school method.

My collection is in a folder and in there are Genre folders and in there are other folders that are just CD rips of what I have. It's not tied to ANY app. It's stone simple to copy it to backup too.

I carry an Android phone so I have too many choices of players. Also, if I want it on my ipad I import that to itunes and sync. There are "itunes alternatives" out on google if you want but is there some underlying problem like a very old OS?

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I use an old school method

Thank you. Is there a particular android you like?

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Only unadulterated ones.

That is my fav Android tablet and phone is the Nexus. I did luck into a Samsung Tab 3 but Sam's tinkering with Android has me wondering why they bothered. To me there has been billions lost over such enhancements.

Now I will write nice about the LG G4 because it has gobs of ram, storage and a 4K video camera.

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Many Thanks

Thank you so much for helping me consider Apple alternatives.

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