Integration of Amazon Music High Resolution

Any plans for Roon to support Amazon Music HD?

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Not that I know of, they would need full Roon integration. You have two other great alternatives offering all the music in the world in high quality.

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If it’s like other fields in which Amazon has done business, it could easily overwhelm those other services in short time… Still would like Roon to integrate with Amazon Alexa too…

Such integration is not up to Roon alone, it requires Amazon co-operation, as discussed extensively in the thread above.

Replying to Chris’ “all the music in the world” quote. I listen mostly to rock and some classical and jazz. I was with Tidal for about 8 months. It was fine through Roon as an extension of my existing owned music but worthless on it’s own if you aren’t into hip-hop/rap. Everything is slanted so heavily towards those genre’s. Yes, they do have ways to customize this, a little, but nothing like Spotify or most other services. I thought Tidal’s discovery and playlists were really poor and limited compared to other services.

I was excited for Qobuz and signed up for a trial in December 2019. I couldn’t find a way to search their catalog without signing up, if there is, please let me know. I installed the app and was 0 for 5 in terms of my first band searches. There were 0 Metallica albums (they have since added a few as I found out because I’m on their email list still) and under their discovery features, they essentially dumped all rock and pop together into one list (maybe two, I might be off a bit here).

If you use Roon, there are probably 50 or more (maybe even into the 100’s) of subgenre’s just under what Qobuz would lump into a single rock category as “rock.” I’m assuming that this is the case for other types of music as well.

This is why I keep hoping for Amazon HD or maybe a future Spotify HD so that I can get a decent in-car music experience and extend it to Roon as well.

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26 posts were split to a new topic: Tidal slanted towards certain music types

I listen to a lot of 70’s, some 80’s, jazz and classical and find plenty on Tidal. I have zero interest in hip hop or rap.

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I really hope ROON will integrate Amazon HR streaming soon. Tidal and Qobuz are not available where I live. If the integration won’t happen / fails it might be a reason for me not to become a long-term ROON customer.

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Once again, as has been repeated ad infinitum, the ball isn’t in Roon’s court.

It is up to Amazon whether a Roon integration happens, so instead of threatening Roon with loss of your patronage, you would be better served by lobbying Amazon.

Still, don’t hold out hope that the integration will happen.

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He wasn’t threatening anything, he was just making a valid point based on service availability.

Welcome aboard Volker_Leander!

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It is a veiled threat.

The OP is telling Roon that if it doesn’t take a course of action, then he might be unable to reward them with his money.

If it wasn’t meant that way, then what was the point of including it in the original post?

Without this statement -

His post would have still made the point that he would like Amazon integration.
As in -

Still, who cares whether it was a threat or not? That wasn’t the point of my post.

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Dear Tony,
thanks for your welcome!

@xxx: Interpreting my opinion as a threat, well…is your opinion - so be it.

I can only speak for myself and I am currently switching from a 14-days test to a 1-year Roon membership - and I like what I see. Beside all the cross references and additional music related information, I am especially impressed with the technical “flow” from file to endpoint. Nice.

BUT

Roon is neither a holy grail nor a charity - it is a product coming with a business model integration, specifically catering audiophile people; hence Roon decided to integrate high quality audio streaming via two companies - so far.

Every user of a product like Roon will have some specific reason to use the software and its business model representation. As Roon is leaning towards audiophile people it bears some kind of logic to expand the high res audio streaming integration towards the “new kid on the block”. (I am aware that there might be tons of contractual and technical issues involved)

Some users will have the choice which of those offered streaming services to use - others not, due to their geo-location. As I am belonging to the second group I’ll definitely watch what will happen within this year of MY Roon membership concerning the high res audio streaming possibilities, because I do not base my “buying decisions” on hope - but on simple facts and/or availability.

@xxx: you made a good point by saying:

I will.

Best,
Volker

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…forgot to mention that I would love to read some kind of statement / feedback about this topic from Roon - I am searching in this nice forum already, but somehow I do not find such info written in recent time…

Best,
Volker

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Just scroll up.

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Oh, that’s it? I see. Thank you anyway.
Well, I know what to do now, as I am still in my Amazon HD trial period…

Hello Volker. I hope you enjoy the trial. As to the above, quite a few people on this forum report success with signing up with e.g. Qobuz USA or other regions different from where they live, by using a VPN just for the one-off subscription process. (others report problems with acceptance of a credit card from a region other than the one for which the subscribe). Might be worth looking into this, especially with subscription costs having gone down recently.

Like you I was initially interested in integration with Amazon HD, but it is really hard to see the rationale from Amazon’s perspective, so don’t hold your breath. For the foreseeable future, Qobuz and Tidal seem to me much more natural fits in terms of user base size and profile. And the integration is there already…
No harm in flagging your interest in Roon integration with Amazon of course!

Enjoy Roon. (and the forum - it’s generally nice place to hang out, with many helpful and knowledgeable people)

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How can we make Amazon seeing the light? I think a connection with some sorts of heads or management of the Amazon Music Department would do. No point of giving feedback or complaints to the Help Desk.

Having said that, I do not want to see Amazon kill Qobuz, Tidal.

Roon has talked with Amazon, I believe.

I really hope that the recent D+M announcement will position Roon as the premier whole home audio platform. It by FAR has the most usability and capability of any of the mainstream whole home audio solutions that I have tried. But, the mindset that it was “audiophile only” and that streaming music is a “secondary focus to local music library” always kept me hitting a wall and going back to Bluesound’s interface. Not sure these were Roon’s official stances, but they were the ones that were most vocal on the forum.

The D+M announcement seems to push Roon more into the mainstream. Its name is now popping up all over the place with this announcement. And hopefully Amazon will take notice.

While the $500 price tag for Roon seems high, but now you can get a Roon Tested AVR-1500 for less than the price of a Heos Amp or PowerNode. Sure its basically airplay connection, but I dont really care too much about audio quality on my in-ceiling zones. But I do want to be able to play the same source…through the same INTERFACE…on all those speakers in the house. A bluesound node for the single Stereo In-ceiling in the bathroom seems overkill. So, its on a zone with another room. That will get moved off to its own zone now with an rPi.

I stream 90% of the music I listen to. Could be anything…whatever mood I am in that day. Bob Dylan to Beastie Boys to Elmore James to Bach. Amazon Music is my preferred streaming provider now.

I am really hoping Roon and Amazon can get the integration straightened out soon. And I have to give the Roon team full credit for doing their part with this new announcement. Hopefully Amazon will listen and at least come to the table. Either way, I will be reinstalling Roon this week to play with the new integration with the D+M equipment and see if it will work for my home. Either way, great job on the Roon side getting this done.

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I just don’t get what amazon will bring to what we have already… all the music in the world in CD, High def and MQA

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