Alternative hi-res products that support folder view navigation

Hello all!

I am (obviously) a Roon subscriber, and taken for what it is and how it integrates with HQPlayer in particular i appreciate it as it is. However i have been, and still am looking for a (hi-res capable) audio player software that supports some sort of folder view, with little success, in iOS preferably. My digital collection consists of all sorts of music collected and built up over more than 20 years, in a chaotic fashion with regards to file organisation unfortunately, not to mention tagging. I have however applied my own logic to the folder structure, and can enjoy listening to music based on the knowledge of this structure (in a way the folder organisation is a representation of the last 20 years of my music life). Therefore i feel kind of lost using Roon or for that matter any other hi-res capable player i have tried.

Having read about the seemingly unlikely possibility to implement some sort of folder view in Roon, i would like to ask if any of you know of some other player that supports this, and that you can recommend?

I forgot to mention i am looking more for a player/client with some sort of remote or controller app support (otherwise there is of course candidates like JRiver, foobar2k etc.). None of these seem to have apps available with support for folder view.

Thankful for any advise.

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This has been done to death on Roon and is completely at odds with the whole ethos of the software, a simple search reveals this small thread.

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Robert’s not asking for Roon to change though, he’s asking if we know of anything with folder view that has controller app support.

Would HQP itself fit the bill ? It is now capable of remote control (although I haven’t used it).

Interesting. I will investigate the HQP remote functionality. Thanks for the tips!


As a new user I wish I had seen the thread referred to about Folder structure. There definitely appear to be at least several ways of approaching your music files. People who love Roon clearly can’t understand why those of us with a well organised file structure on a NAS, for instance, can’t see that structure in Roon. I thought it was just me, and that I had clearly not understood the process. I am afraid that when I listen I go first to the Genre structure I have set up. Despite setting up Roon to prefer my tabs, it doesn’t do it, and frankly the genre structure it has set up is chaotic to my mind. You guys clearly take a different view, which is fine. To answer the question of the original poster, Minimserver and Bubble do the job nicely.

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+1 for the free MinimServer (excellent lightweight but hugely powerful frontend). I use this with the android app HiFi Cast on my tablet for HiRes music streaming. It supports folder view navigation. Like many, sometimes I may not know the name of the album or track I want to play but I do know where I’ve put it…


I use Audirvana navigating with Mac OS Finder and Good for this folders Roon doesn’t work good

Hello everybody, Roon is a great program, but to be honest, the genre is very messy for me. I would also like to show my folder structure. Before Roon I used the UPnP asset, where it is possible to show the folder structure for the existing genre.

I would like to ask you to check this in the future, technically this is not a problem. It could be interpreted and everyone can decide for themselves whether it is used or not. In my folder structure I have five folders … FLAC / DSD / MQA / DSD / 24 Bit … in the subfolder Artist / Album. Since I am not always aware of all the artists or albums I want to hear, a representation of the order structure would be great.

Thanks and best regards.

Roon is fairly emphatic that NO is the answer , it been stated repeatedly

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Hello Robert. I have both Minimserver (mentioned above) and Subsonic pointing at the same folders as Roon, to provide alternative playback (and browse) options.

My main use case for Subsonic is remote (out of home network / on-the-road ) access, where optional on-the -fly transcoding to MP3 comes in handy on slower or data limited connections. Possibly a bit different from your use case.