Add my own reviews, biographies, web links, etc

(Charles Snider) #1

FWIW, I am the author of a couple of record guides. As much as I love Roon (and I do I made a “lifetime” commitment), I cannot believe that there is no option to add my own reviews and biographies or weblinks to my music database. Plex has it, quite nicely I would add, and while I do enjoy what metadata Roon provides, I would be over the moon to be able to add my own, to my music library, and even perhaps share with others.

This really doesn’t seem like that difficult an implementation, just perhaps a table and a couple of rows to a database and the “Prefer My Own Data” switch on the artist/album. etc.

(David) #2

Hi, I wrote about this extensively a long while back.

It may or may not be on the cards in the dev. You are most welcome to continue the discussion, revive the thread, perhaps it will have a +ve effect.


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(Charles Snider) #3

I’m gonna keep making noise about this because I simply cannot believe this hasn’t been implemented already. It’s a complete no-brainer. Easy to implement, and gives me so much more reason to live in the Roon apps when listening to my music. I’m dumbfounded this doesn’t get more interest…

(Chris ) #4

I’ll add to this again, we put on live shows and as artists come through there are many reviews I would like to save with their albums and even perhaps my own gig review blog that I could save with our personal show recordings.
That would be a lovely feature but I am not qualified to say how easy it is to integrate just now.


Yes, this would be good. I do not agree with many of the reviews that are linked today so I’d like to link my own or simply blank it…

(Charles Snider) #6

For every artist and album, Roon gives the option of choosing either Roon metadata or “File” medadata; just go in and edit an album or artists. You can choose between each, and even enter on an “ad hoc” basis.

Adding a couple of fields for “review”, “notes” or “web link” for albums and artists would require little if any toil on Roon’s part.

Would be interested to hear an “official” response.

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(James Antognini) #7

A possibility is to write reviews, comments and such into a .pdf file (this can be done via Microsoft Word, for example) and to put the file under an album directory. In the album, Roon will show a PDF (or more than 1), where one can click and choose to view the file. The file (for me, at least) pops up in Microsoft Edge.

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I guess the idea is to have everything under one roof, nu to find some workarounds. Even so, the implementation of pdf in ROON is just basic (opening in the default program).

But, what will really be interesting (and very useful) will be the possibility to save from within ROON interface the manually entered data, either to the files tagging system or to some sidecar implementation. This will make the library more application agnostic.

(James Antognini) #9

I understand your point. I am more interested in software that offers a lot of editing possibilities for notes and such. That sort of thing is not Roon’s specialty, and I am willing to live with an indirect way of creating and viewing notes.


Let’s face it, that searchable, surfable magazine about your music is an illusion.

(Charles Snider) #11

Plex currently offers these features, adding album reviews and artist bios. So perhaps, maybe not so illusive… :wink:
(will add screenshot later).


Fully agree. I requested this some time ago. It was a feature of Sooloos which I appreciated. There are albums Roon does not identify that, if avaiable, I could add in some info.


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(Mac Rebant) #13

Another vote from me! The ability to edit file metadata, and reviews, biographies, lyrics, etc. would make this a killer piece of software.

(Charles Snider) #14

bumpity - bump.
Still plugging away ripping all my CDs to disk. There’s so much I’d like to add to my Roon metadata; links, reviews, artist profiles… what an incredibly rich and personal experience Roon could be if I were able to make it mine…

No “official” word?

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(Harry Mulligan) #15

I would like to add my tuppence worth to this debate. Back in the day I used to use a windows application called Helium and I thought it was great, it had links to a music database where you could automatically get metadata to enhance the tags on your music files including record reviews, artist bios etc, pretty much as Roon does now. However, it went a lot further and you could add information about record labels such as a website address, being able to add record label logos or pics of the actual labels on vinyl records or CDs. It also had a section on music genres, again including the ability to add an image of some sort to represent the genre and where you could provide an explanation of the type of music and so on. All of these options also included a user input feature as well, so if you didn’t like the review or even the image provided by the linked website then the user could replace it with one of their choice.
I thought Helium was a superb application at the time and the only reason I stopped using it was because I moved from Microsoft to Apple and have been using Apple exclusively now for many years. I really thought I would never find an application to come close to Helium again especially for Apple but Roon certainly comes pretty close and, although I’m generally happy with what Roon provides, it would just put the icing on the cake to be able to add or overwrite those features…I am a coder so I also know that what we are asking is not necessarily all that easy to do but surely no all that hard either…

Anyway, for what it’s worth, that my tuppence worth. I think the ability to add these features myself would be an excellent addition to an already superb application.


Another vote from me. I’ve been waiting for this feature for a long time…

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Agreed, so have many folk whose tastes are not in the main North American.

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