Where do folks who use both services fall? Does it have to be an “Us and Them” othering argument?
Apple Music sure has taken the Roon community forums by storm! It seems to the the new MQA: “Wot Side Are You On, Boys!” There are so many threads about it. I haven’t really participated because it seems to have all been said by now, but I just want to say that Roon users, Apple Music users, users of both, and users of none probably cannot be denominated by a limited way of thinking. Do those who use one service over another really think differently on a fundamental level? This screams tribalism to me, but perhaps that is human nature. It seems this thread may just be asking for a fight. I’m out. Good luck!
apple music (the service) is part of a complete eco-system that covers desktop machines, tablets, phones, watches, and stand-alone speakers and audio devices. It works seamlessly with any modern car (carplay). As such, it’s an effortless way to add streaming music into your life if you are already part of the apple ecosystem.
Roon is the opposite, it works with a limited set of hardware in a disjointed way. You need to be at home and want to stream to a pre-set device from your local library or from two very specific streaming services. Roon as an entity doesn’t bring any music to the table, it’s just a conduit to play other music that you bring either locally or by a separately purchased streaming service. It does this job well in my experience, but it is very limited in what it does. Roon also offers a consistent but odd user interface that doesn’t behave like the OS it’s sitting on, which I find off-putting, but I’ve learned to live with it.
These are apples and oranges. Apple music (the service) is like us talking abut qobuz addition to Roon