As a lifetime subscriber using Squeezeboxs, uPnP and Chromecast devices I have gone back to LMS.
I have reluctantly done it as I am not in the financial position, nor inclined to move to any roon ready devices, so will be staying with these until they fail.
As well as that I am getting frustrated with where the clients are at and my ability to control my music.
- When I listen to my music I want the clients to quickly connect and serve up my music options.
Roon Android client on multiple differant devices just wont connect and has been leaving me frustrarted for many months now, as it only connects when it wants too and after 5 minutes waiting.
- When I browse music I’d like to do it on devices of my choice and the lack of ideally a Linux client, or Electron app, or a fully featured in built web app means I have to reboot my mac from linux to macos to just use the mac controller.
Spotify has had a linux client since 2010, with the same look, feel and functionaility as the other desktop clients -> https://news.spotify.com/us/2010/07/12/linux/
I have to say the mac controller does the job nicely, but always says I need to buy another license and keeping a dedicated mac just for the client is not an option.
- I am sick of Tidal insistance of stuffing hip hop down my throat and with the greatest respect to those who like it, I don’t, so have gone for a deezer hifi service, which of course shows no sign of ever coming to Roon.
With LMS I can listen to Deezer hifi through all of my Squeezebox, Chromecasts and uPnP devices alike, all in sync.
Chromecast and uPnp, werent we told ‘Chromecast was coming’ ? with nothing but excuses it seems that is not going to happen.
Enough of the over engineering of the menu’s
Overall, disappointed with the direction of Roon (except upsampling), in my humble opinion it needs;
Light and fast clients, that quickly give access to my music, html5 multi device capable perhaps
Linux client and player support, using todays technology and cross platform tech
Updates to legacy items such as squeezebox (or the ability for others to access the code to enhance that area),
Chromecast support, any other streaming services, or the ability for users to include basic level services into the system.
Lastly, for me, I don’t need another way of pressing play for my music to start; having so many configurable options for how to start my music is over engineering and not making the key critical items of the product/service work well.
I am not trying to bash the Roon team, far from it, but I have felt the need to highlight its shortcomings in my view.
All the best.
Edit: Added reference to the spotify app for linux.