The reason people are upset is that they are either feeling conned, or simply frustrated at Steinberg's seeming ineptitude, that I am starting to believe is through intent, not accident.
It seems quite clear that Steinberg will NEVER fix all the issues as they have the notion that they would lose money if they did so.
It's similar in concept to the idea of planned obsolescence in manufacturing.
I would guess this is what they teach in business schools these days, quality of the product is irrelevant, it's all about the bottom line.
Same way soap opera script writers keep you coming back by using tricks and techniques, Steinberg have been stringing us along with "Almost there...." software for years.
Firstly, those that shout the loudest are heard more. This does not mean that "people are upset" only that some people are and in all probability not that many. There is a case to be made that many users who have big problems do so because of system issues that are outside Steinberg's control. Quite a number of the issues revolve around complex problems that more often than not misunderstood. The mixer always on top being one.
Secondly, why would Steinberg lose money if they "fixed all the issues"? They would just go ahead and develop more functionality. Then we would, as usual, purchase the next upgrade. I have yet to have any issue with Cubase 7 that has stopped me making or recording my musical ideas. I might have had a minor irritation - many of them my own fault or that of a third party plugin. I had some bad experiences with C6 which I am now convinced was my previous computer. As a teacher I am used to students blaming the equipment the use when confronted with a problem they don't understand or cannot solve. The fact that not everyone has these issues might suggest something.
Thirdly, obsolescence is a fact of life with electronic technology. Computers have to be replaced eventually when they can no longer cope with evolution. Software like Cubase evolves. Sure you have to pay for the next version - but not the full price or anything like it. In case you haven't noticed there is quite a lot of competition in the DAW market. I don't notice anyone of those other products that can offer me more than Cubase. The issue being that if I have to learn how to use another DAW it better be worth my while to move. Currently it isn't. I guess you might be one of those people who believe that music should be free. I hope I am wrong. Steinberg like all musicians deserve recompense for the efforts they make on our behalf. Yes they want to make money and whilst they are giving me what I want I am quite happy to pay.
As for stringing us along....... Are we that stupid? Are you that stupid? If you don't like Cubase there is probably something else out there that might suit you better.
I don't think Cubase/Steinberg is perfect and I sure as hell know that I'm not either. I am pretty sure that a lot of my music probably sucks. However it has to be said that I have had some ecstatic moments using Cubase, both on my own and with other musicians. I am continuing to learn and I hope improve. That is all that I can ask.