This isn’t really a question, just some thoughts…
Many of todays network players provide their streaming capabilities thanks to open source software.
I would go so far to say that the majority are ‘just’ linux boxes with loads of free software whacked on. Parcelled in a nice box. Even some high end brands.
I’m not going to name names, but there are literally hundreds.
Many of these companies are selling products with messages like:
Features: Roon ready / UPNP / Airplay 2*
*With future firmware upgrade
If you are following the open source community you will know that Shairport sync is miles away from having Airplay 2 compatibility.
I think it’s a bit cheeky that they are selling products like this.
I wonder how many of these companies are actively participating in the development of this software?
Also, to find a streamer that is Roon Ready, and that has Airplay 2 is a challenge at the moment. There are hardly any on the market, and those that are, are very expensive - due to in-house dev teams.
I’m waiting for that day when i can have a 1 box solution that fulfils my Roon based needs, and my families Airplay 2 multiroom based needs.
To the future…