If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have this option, right? It’s a balance between a guaranteed, one-time revenue (and being locked in) and a long term periodic subscription (and having the option to cancel). Whether one is better than the other depends on each particular situation.
It looks that way for now but if you were to buy a lifetime subscription and the monthly price jumped up you might find in 5 years that $700 was a good price. People who got in early (like myself) are now benefitting from what was then a high price (US$499 I think).
I just did my maths, £6.08 / month so far & diminishing with each month so my original investment proved a good one (I benefited from a $50 discount code). Roon development has never stood still so who knows what other treats are coming our way?
@anon63794049 , what is at risk? Roon now boasts well over 250,000 subscribers, and growing.
Do the math: Try dividing the Lifetime Subscription cost by the annual subscription cost (the best deal, and the one everyone should purchase): $699.99/$120.00 = 5.83 years to “break even”. No matter how you massage the numbers, the important number is “Will I use Roon for at least 5.83 years?”.
Now that’s “Has anyone done the math?” answered correctly.
Not sure if the monthly subscribers would be able to use the Roon software if it were to ever fold. My understanding from Danny is lifetime subscribers could still use the software, without some of the current features…
I was hesitant right at the start 6 years ago because Roon’s treatment of classical music and box sets in particular was shaky and to a certain extent still is.
6 years later I am still here and paying annually. I have considered lifetime but 6-7 years is a big horizon for a 72 year old . I pay everything else monthly/annually , rates , power , insurance , Tidal, Netflix so why not Roon. I can really see no advantage to me in Lifetime.
If Roon folds (heaven forbid) yes the lifetime license will keep on going but the back end infrastructure/metadata etc is what makes Roon what it is this I assume will fold with it .So without that the local library manager part will be a pale shadow so probably not worth using.
I am not sure anyone is close to knocking Roon of it’s pinnacle so its not “hedging my bets in case something better comes along”, Audirvana had a limp attempt but really didn’t quite hit the spot. I will continue looking around but I still use Roon 100% for music and I maintain a DLNA server (JRiver) for video and an occasional look at music. I still maintain my JRiver library to house my really big boxes (30 + discs etc) which TBH Roon fails fairly dismally at.
I also share the Annual/Monthly view of providing ongoing money to fund Roon. I upgrade JRiver annually as they produce a new versions for the same reason. The Lifetimers took the initial risk to provide the float capital, the annuals keep the lights on. A fair view I believe.
I am fully “invested” in Roon , in the last 12 months I have converted to a NUC/ROCK setup and last week purchased a headphone amp based on its Roon Ready status.
For all the moan about price , I am a pensioner in a country with a lousy/weak currency and I don’t think my R 2000 per annum is too onerous considering the value and fun Roon gives back.