Having just signed up, I cannot be grateful enough for the existence of the trial period. Even though similar threads have been created on the topic, I felt the need to express my own dismay at the absolutely counter-intuitive way of how tracks are played on Roon.
Sure, lyrics, metadata completion and automated suggestions can be great for many; but to disregard the fundamental way people have been playing their music since, well, forever, is just too ridiculous to justify any use of this system.
Yesterday, after installing Roon on Mac, I spent at least a couple of hours JUST trying to have it play the next track on my track list, just like we all do everytime we press “play” on a CD, vinyl, Spotify or iTunes.
And to my complete surprise, I could not do that - I would either listen to a completely random track (even though shuffle was presumably disabled - another sad UI tale here), or playback would simply stop there and then, as if there was no automatic playing of the immediate next track. So here I am, trying to enjoy Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and starting with Moonchild, just to discover that Infinite Dreams will not be next.
Surely some holier-than-thou apologist will say that “it’s easy, just select all tracks you want and put them on the queue” - but no; one should NOT be required to take such a ridiculous complication to just play one’s own music library. I do not have time in my life to spend even more time taking “n” additional steps to play music - I want to enjoy it.
Not to mention the crazy UI choices, such as the oversized “roon radio” tab to the right, the font size/style that cannot be adjusted on the list (making everything look blown up on my 5K screen) as well as the visual pollution of things that we are not even allowed to dismiss/minimize on the main screen.
Another point: once the folder import process was done, I found out that both Ace of Base and Dio decided to launch a joint album called “The Collection” - no this is not true; but since their albums shared the same title, Roon decided to merge all tracks together and refer to the artist as “Ace Of Base/Dio” - never seen that before either.
So no, this is not for me - I do not have financial issues and was ready to splurge 600 bucks on a lifetime subscription; but I am happy to see that, less than 24 hours later, the trial has shown me a different perspective. I will stick with Audirvana+/iTunes for my lossless collection for now. while hoping that in the future such issues will be more seriously considered by Roon or other potential competitors.