Perhaps it's my age but I still love the 93-99 theme music and look and I would have loved to have seen that develop over the years rather than the David Lowe stuff.
The David Lowe stuff is very good - don't get me wrong. For me, the 10-second countdown, ident, and theme tune for the standard bulletins from 99-02 (I think) was the best iteration of the David Lowe era - indeed, being the sad TV Forum freak that I am, the theme tune for these bulletins are my ring tone on my phone.
The worst iteration of it was the News 24 bulletin theme tune between 99 and 03 (the one with the elephant-sounding descending trumpet noise at the start of the tune).
And am I alone in thinking that the countdown is not as good as everything else thinks it is?
I agree - the 1993 themes are my favourites too. David Lowe's music was revolutionary in 1999 but it's way past its sell by date now. The golden age of Lowe music was most definitely between 1999 and 2003. Everything since has got progressively worse (with the sole exception of the 2007 BBC News 24/World music). Maybe we still love the 1993 themes because they were relatively short-lived and didn't really get messed around with in the same was Lowe's have? Either way, the orchestral themes certainly sounded more 'expensive' compared to the relatively 'cheap' sound of Lowe's music.
You're not alone in disliking the current BBC News countdown. In my opinion, it was at its best between 1999 and 2003. Every iteration since has been underwhelming and personally I think it was a waste of time and money commissioning an orchestra to add strings to it in 2013. It's hardly noticeable.