I had an annual subscription to Roon for five years, but recently upgraded to a lifetime membership. I wish I’d done it sooner, but I don’t think it’s awful that they didn’t offer me a discount. Why would they?
I am 6 years in and still annual. With hindsight and if I was younger I would have gone lifetime years ago.
My renewal is in the New Year and I will then be faced with the same choice as you. I am leaning towards lifetime despite my sunk costs but there are now deep architectural changes afoot at roon. A lot of my decision will revolve around how well roon pull off legacy support for large heavily groomed local libraries as they move the code base into the cloud. So in all likelihood I will probably put the decision off another year. Ho hum.
I was halfway through my 2nd annual sub with Roon when I decided this week to go lifetime. Thing that pulled me over was that until the end of this year you can get annual and lifetime quite a bit cheaper. Next year their prices will go up quite a bit.
To me, it’s an easy decision…Do you really like Roon and it works for you? Do you intend to stay with Roon for 4 or 5 years, maybe more? Can you afford a one time expenditure of $700 here at Christmas (Hanukkah) time? If the answer to ALL of these is yes, go for it. If the answer to any of these is no, stick with annual.
The break-even is 4.7 years if you pay $700 to avoid annual at $150. If you wait for the price to go up to $830, the break-even is 5.5 years.
With the price increase on the horizon I would love to take out a lifetime subscription, but with the current cost of living crisis here in the UK (and I presume it’s the same in most other countries in Europe, and also the US?), Christmas on the horizon etc etc I just cannot stretch to it just now. Correct me if I am wrong, but we need to pay with our credit or debit cards and cannot use Paypal to pay for subscription, the way some music subscription sites such as Qobuz allow us to do? Speaking personally if we could pay with Paypal I would probably fork out the current price of £570 for lifetime, and use Paypal’s “Pay over 3 month” option. Is there a reason Roon do not use Paypal, even if just for larger outlays like Annual or Lifetime?
Even though I can happily drop that cash, I do find PayPal easier to just spread the cost. But, if you have a bank that has a good rate and does free fee transfers worldwide, it is cheaper for us in the UK.