Allow users to import Tidal favorite ARTISTS into roon library (ideally let users choose artists, albums, and/or songs to import)

I have 950 favorited artists in my Tidal catalog, and I exclusively use artists to browse my Tidal library. When I want to listen to an album, I go to the artist page, and find the album. That’s how the process of music listening has always been for me, and I think most people think this way. Even if they think of an album they want to listen to, it’s in the context of that artist. In fact, the complete process for me is genre/category/mood > artist > album. I don’t use the albums or songs favorites in Tidal except to favorite songs when I hear one I like in a Tidal playlist, but then I add the artist to my favorites.

I just signed up for roon and discovered there were only 151 artists in my roon library in artists view, which is where all the action happens- focus view, tags, etc. I did an experiment to see why my 950 Tidal favorite artists were not listed. I went on the Tidal app, and “unfavorited” an album.The next day in artist view, it said 150.

So my conclusion is that any song or album you favorite, that artist gets added to your roon artist library. But it does not add any of the actual artists you favorite to the roon artist library. This has been confirmed by contacting roon via email by one of their incredibly kind customer service reps.

This is absolutely asinine in my opinion and a huge mistake by roon.

I can access my Tidal favorite artists, but I have to do the following: click 1. Tidal 2. favorites 3. artists 4. all

And then I get an alphabetical list of artists. Just like Tidal. Yay. But with 4 extra clicks.

I thought I could maybe circumvent this by tagging artists in this Tidal artists view, and then they’d show up in my tags and it wouldn’t matter in the end, but roon won’t let you tag an artist while in the Tidal > favorites > artists > all - view.

So basically my conclusion is that for Tidal users, roon is completely useless and accomplishes nothing. I might as well save 10$ per month and not have to sign in every time I launch my music app, and just use Tidal and hope they add customizable folders as I suggested to them.

I understand from speaking to the roon representative that roon doesn’t add favorited artists to the roon artist library because they don’t know if you want all the albums available by that artist on Tidal added to your roon library.

My answer is simple: LET US CHOOSE!

When first starting the application, or possibly later as well in preferences, but at lest when starting up, present Tidal users with a checklist that reads like this:

"Which of these favorites do you want added to your roon artist library from Tidal?

  • Artists
  • Albums
  • Songs

Let users choose or not choose any of these. I, for example would only choose artists because my Tidal albums and songs favorites I use just for remembering things, like the example I gave above where I add a song to favorites if I hear it on a playlist and like it, but I may not wind up liking the artist.

roon is useless to me, as I can’t get my Tidal library into it. And the only way to access my Tidal artists favorites in roon, I wind up with the same thing as I already have in Tidal and the whole reason I was excited about roon to AVOID: an alphabetical list of artists.

I really want to use roon to tag artists so I don’t have to navigate a list of artists. It’s impossible and a nightmare. Please Please Please add this simple checklist option feature, and the ability to import favorite artists into my roon library if I choose to.

Thank you!

I think this is known as projection. If everyone thought like that there would be no need for the album, tracks, genre etc screens.

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Simple . if laborious …

Goto your Artist , select an album then “Add To Library”, that artist will now show in your Artist view

Not ideal I agree but it works

I agree my Classical selection used to be

Composer>Genre>Album – Play

But Roon doesn’t make this too easy with the Composer View

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Explained that in another thread.

You’re the first I’ve come across that adds artists to a library. We all do this indirectly by adding albums to our library.

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Yes, definitely laborious… 950 times! Damn, not going to happen…

I WANT genres. I want my Tidal favorite artists in roon so I can add tags which is the closest thing to genres > artists > albums I can have at this point.

I’m the first person you’ve come across who adds artists to their Tidal library? Everyone else adds albums? Why? So when you’re browsing your Tidal catalog before roon you browse a list of albums? Beatles albums are spread out all through the list of albums, all Johnny Cash’s albums are spread out throughout the list of albums, all Elvis Presley’s albums, The Grateful Dead’s albums including all their live albums… that process makes no sense.

I am certainly not the only person who adds artists to their Tidal library. I promise you that. There are enough of us for roon to simply add a checklist of options so that importing from Tidal works with the way each person uniquely uses Tidal.

I am unable to get my Tidal catalog into roon and I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

Agree, I add albums, or tracks, not artists.

It wouldn’t be complicated to add tidal artists from tidal, but geez how much customisation for every little feature every body wants can be accommodated by a small team? Roon isn’t the Pentagon!


Part of it could be that I’m kind of “old school” in how I listen to music. Many music listeners have now grown up with digital music purchasing and music streaming, and the concept of the album as a work of it’s own has faded a bit. I remember Sufjan Stevens even talking about having a kind of crisis of faith about the album format. But I don’t ever listen to “tracks”. I listen to albums. If a band has one good song I might use it in a mix if it fits (I still call them mixes not “playlists”) but I don’t ever listen to music and go find a specific track to listen to.

I also tend to like artists who put out good albums, so I want all their albums. There are a few exceptions that would cause roon problems like the millions of compilations released for artists like Elvis or Luis Armstrong etc. I’m not interested in all those millions of compilations. But those artists are few and far between.

I’m not that old though geeze, I’m 37.

I’d also like to point out that this forum is not frequented by non-roon users or people for whom roon does not work, like me. So just because there are several posts here by people who don’t need this feature request doesn’t mean it’s not in demand. This forum isn’t an accurate reflection of music listeners out there.