I've never used iTunes. I just use folders and store everything by
I do the same. I'm old so I actually own CDs and started ripping them all back in the '90s. I used CDex for that and it works really nicely. I use WinAmp to play my music and it works quite nicely as well.
I tried using iTunes on some of my relatives' devices and it sucks really badly. I would say that just about anything would be better than iTunes.