I think you're confusing iCloud with iTunes Match, pwalker8. The support page whose link you posted does not refer to iTunes Match in any way. I'm pretty sure I read the information that the $25 per year fee is only for the iTunes Match functionality, zero storage space, in some authoritative source, not a random forum rant.
As to iTunes Match needlessly uploading famous songs and albums, I can confirm that from my limited experience, although I don't use iTunes Match all that much. I only use iTunes Match for my favourite
songs, of which I have less than 1,000 currently backed up there.
I'm troubled by the 25,000 songs limit -- it's difficult to see iTunes Match as a one-stop solution as long as such file limits exist. If you wish, we could analyze the upload bugs down to individual songs and albums, but I really am afraid it would be off-topic for MobileRead.
As to Apple fanboys and haters, I'm neither.
There are many things Apple does right, and many things Apple does wrong. I try to call it like it is. I admire Apple especially as a hardware company, while I find the default software they provide with their machines pretty weak in many instances (such as Safari, Mail, iBooks, and we could go down the list).