After using Roon for 3 years i decided to cancel my subscription. Am sharing my experience as i think it reflects issues others may have.
I do not use Qobuz or Tidal, so only local files. I am quite demanding when it comes to the accuracy and completeness of metadata.
Roon’s model is not satisfactory to me as:
- it relies essentially on Rovi (and to a lesser extent on MusicBrainz)
- there is no process to correct errors or omissions other than by logging them in AllMusic, so no leverage of the large community of Roon users (no collaborative model)
- many labels are not identified
- what metadata exists is not sufficiently precise (for example, musician credits are not really available at track level)
- any changes that are made manually within Roon cannot be reflected back in tags (and the export functions are limited and have bugs) so basically it entails a lot of efforts that are lost if you opt out of Roon.
Of course, some of these issues reflect the general poor state of music metadata today, which suffers from the absence of a common reference for artists, albums, etc…
Yet i just do not get the feeling that metadata management is a high enough priority for Roon.
I will continue to follow Roon’s development.
The Roon interface is nice, probably better than anything else available. As a substitute i have been developping for my perdonal use a web based interface using LMS, which integrates markdown files i manage in my music folders, with credits and notes on albums. A lot of work, but the result is exactly tailored to my needs.