In my opinion, one of the greatest strengths of Roon are the artist bios and album reviews, and how they are presented. It is one of the primary reasons that I’m a lifetime subscriber. I don’t give much thought to whether the reviews are negative or positive, as I don’t claim to be an expert or a music critic.
I simply enjoy the insights provided by the bios and reviews, and they immeasurably add to my enjoyment of music.
I have no objections to an option to disable the reviews, as that is an option I simply won’t use. But if it came down to eliminating or in anyway annotating or reducing the size of the reviews, I would hope that the management of Roon is never guided by the relatively small number of complaints about the music reviews.
Roon deserves enormous credit for how those reviews and bios are presented, especially in the latest version on the Now Playing screen. The easy ability to access that information by simply clicking on the icon is fantastic. The latest version took one of the great strengths of Roon and made it even better. (And those who hate the reviews can simply turn them off in the Now Playing screen and not see them at all.)
By comparison, Tidal buries and hides the album reviews behind icons for information, and you have to click twice and then do a lot of scrolling. Qobuz is better than Tidal in that regard, but still does not have the clean interface and easy access of Roon. The way that Roon presents the information is far superior.
I primarily use Roon to read that information, so haven’t made that many comparisons. But I have noticed that in come cases Tidal is using a severely annotated version of the information as compared with Roon, and sometimes album reviews that exist on Roon are missing on Qobuz. I hope that Roon never follow Tidal down the slippery slope of annotating any of the music reviews.
I second that recommendation, as it would add even more value to Roon.