I am sorry my response sounded rude. I did not intend for it to be. I apologize.
Thom said he didn't have any idea how the change would affect AW2000. I asked him about it. He said he wouldn't know until we all started listing after the changes were made.
I think you are right. Andale really won't be broken, But I won't be using them.
My guess is, Thom will fix it after the API conversion as I think that is probably number 1 right now.
As far as how important the counters are, I honestly don't know. I find information about search words, IP addresses, hit times, category searches more useful than how many times my item has been looked at. I may be way off but that is how I look at it.