Foremost, I am happy to have purchased a “lifetime membership” to Roon. The architecture of the software is perfect, especially the core/bridge paradigm and heterogeneous hardware support. Further, I do not mean to troll; what I love about Roon, I love, but what I dislike, I hate! Finally, I do have a technical background and understand the nature of many of the features I listed.
I’m not sure that the $500 is a good business model. If the analogy is a piece of hardware, that works because ultimately we all buy new hardware. But with Roon - specifically software - it’s different. So wink aside, Roon’s future revenue is contingent on find new customers, or perhaps hardware partners - I’ve spent my load. I have a perpetual license. Not sure how I feel about that.
I have spent some time on the community site, and again, I default to what’s good about it is great, but what isn’t, sucks. Just look at the issue of user-editable reviews for albums and artist: there’s a dozen or more threads. So for better or worse, you will hear more from me
As for remote access, both Logitech Media Server and UPnP/DLNA support it. I cannot speak about network speeds in Australia, but I hope that’s not the bellweather for whether to feature remote access or not.