I pretty much exclusively stream my music these days. My loft is full of old CDs - not ripped - and Vinyl. But for convenience, I have Apple Music (hey, it works with CarPlay), Tidal (only bought because of Roon) and Spotify (their metadata has been pretty good). My challenge was that with Roon, it seemed that Tidal results were treated a bit like second class assets - less functionality with them, no media with them (the gallery) and it seemed that if I had some weird esoteric albums that I had ripped, Roon might be great.
So today I decided to search for Pino Palladino. He’s a bass player who has been pretty prolific - but I knew of him through the John Mayer Trio.
So let’s fire up the Tidal desktop app and search for him. We get that he has appeared on 10 albums. None of them being the John Mayer Trio. There is 1 similar artist to him and a short bio.
Let’s try Audirvana: 10 albums (none John Mayer), short bio, no similar artists - it isn’t its thing.
On to Spotify: 17 albums (no John Mayer), no bio, 18 related artists.
Apple Music - 21 Albums (no John Mayer).
So far so good. What about Roon pointing only to Tidal? Well he appears on 9 albums with Eric Clapton, 7 with Ed Sheehan, 6 with the Who, 6 with Zucchero, 6 with Dominic Miller, 6 with Paul Young, 9 Various Artist albums, 231 tracks (appearances), 6 Production, he has 35 credits as a composer, he is similar to 1 artist (not sure about that) and has 11 collaborations. He’s a session player - so most of his appearances he isn’t directly credited for.
Searching for individuals has been an eye opener. I’ve generally searched for bands - and the results have been much as per Tidal. So I use Roon for the room correction and multiroom capabilities. I get enough value out of it. But searching for an individual - and one not often the headline - has shown what Roon is really capable of.