Missing Basic Features

Roon could use their change management/roadmap also as a marketing instrument. Hinting users what there is to come. It’s not mandatory, just a missed opportunity.
However to implement features that are not requested versus unimplemented features that many considered basic features, is strange.
Is the final product supposed to please the developers or those pesky but paying customers?

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Probably both, I think. I’m sure the decision makers at Roon see these threads and formulate their business model as they see fit.

There are without doubt features that some consider basics and others no, that some use and others don’t, but beyond that there are also basic functions by definition, vertical scrolling and user management to name only two which regardless of their level of usefulness for different users/scenarios they remain basics in any computer based system. You can find other examples by yourself, including some exclusively related to music playing/management.

I don’t know why people insist on bringing other software into the discussion, this thread is about Roon. What goes on elsewhere is irrelevant.

Sorry, but I’d say comparison with “similar” software should be relevant to a conversation about what are basic features (or not). Not that Plex is in any way “similar” to Roon, certainly where music playback is concerned.


I would disagree based on what I’ve seen and read, but can’t confirm what has been addressed by way of features requests, user input and the like. Personally, I haven’t seen many folk around here shouting & of the few that may have are typically those disgruntled users letting their subscription lapse. Not those who like Roon and only want to see it grow better for all concerned.

Your quote from Danny sits in between the two posts from jtwrace. He has stated his reasoning & in the bigger picture, it relates to numerous requests for better profile management that seems to have been an ongoing discussion for years.

Buzz words or jargon such as:

intentions and goals

…are really quite meaningless and to me are deliberately said as they aren’t explicit. So, they say very little at all and are open to interpretation.

If there was real intent there would be some forum rules other than a mere:

“Post your suggestions for features here!
we will periodically mark features with brackets [ ] in the title explaining if it is done or not on the roadmap.”

This provides no guideline whatsoever as to how one should make a feature request. Accordingly, people just request away. Typically over the years, some users get very frustrated.

Obviously we all have different needs beyond the necessity of the software enabling us to stream music seamlessly - which countless other pieces of software allow us to do. So, as per your post what is one person’s basic feature, maybe somewhat minor to another.

Again, if that’s the case, why don’t the Roon team sticky such an item to avoid user dissatisfaction? Surely it would take just a few moments?

Notwithstanding, I’ve found this thread engaging with plenty of useful information. I’ve learnt that Roon can’t make text cut and paste & the reason why. In the future when that is requested once again (as no doubt it will be), I’ll be able to let the user know it cannot happen. Further, there has been some interesting talk about other software such as LMS and more within this thread.



This is a great suggestion at least if nothing else sticky the [on roadmap] threads.

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I guess its as easy as https://community.roonlabs.com/search?q=on%20roadmap runs for cover :wink:

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I am not going to not renew based on 1 missing feature that I want. The only other things that bugs me is that so many artists have missing artwork, so when browsing artists there is a bunch of gray squares. I slowly fix those and its fine. But since Roon is the only product of its kind I don’t really have a choice but to use it :wink: Just because I have no faith that my feature request will never get implemented does not mean I hate the platform or don’t want to renew.

As you mentioned, it would not really make a difference to me if the Roon devs said “At this point in time we have no plans to implement such a feature,” because that does not change anything for me or anyone else. I just want to know why. Is it because the request does not fall in line with Roon’s “vision” or is it because there are more pressing matters for the time? Or is it because its a stupid idea they don’t want to waste time on? :grimacing: But in the end I know the feature I want is small and that bug fixes and development of major upgrades is much more important for the user base as a whole, so I let it go. It is not a dealbreaker to me.

I also wonder what it takes to add new features or changes, especially for the ones that seem to simple. I don’t know much about software coding or development so I have no idea if a new feature would be an easy update. I usually assume they won’t be because it would take me so long to even attempt to do that :rofl: .

I enjoy reading some of the album reviews and/or artist bios, and sometimes look at the credits on a particular track I like. I also like to see the album cover and a couple of pictures of the artists. Other than that, I don’t really care if some information is missing or if some of it is incorrect. I’m here to listen to music I like, nothing more, nothing less.

It seems like an easy thing to use an album from that artist if the artists picture is missing. iTunes is dumb like that too.

The artist pictures are pretty much worthless, 90% of the time I have no idea who those people are. Especially a lot of older music, who the hell are those old people?! They look like the old person in my bathroom mirror…


JRiver figured out this 1000 years ago!

As evidenced by the 1000-year old GUI and UX in JRiver.


To be clear - there are many pieces of software/apps that will do that just fine; that is stream seamlessly to various locations at little to no expense (and yes we’ve read here some are free). Also many don’t have restrictions on your favourite streaming service as occurs with Roon - Tidal or Qobuz, (the latter officially only available in 13 countries if I recall). Nor, do they need specific hardware, as in minimum requirements to run as is required with Roon core.

So on that basis, given the vast difference in cost between Roon and those other pieces of software; there is definitely an expectation by many that Roon must offer more - and it does. Similarly, there also appears to be the expectation it should do so without bugs/glitches and various other anomalies.


I often wonder the same & suspect the addition of numerous feature requests would not be difficult to implement at all. One can only surmise why. :roll_eyes:

I often like to view my music via genre. I think I keep my genre list fairly tight, as I’m just not into the ever-changing genre names let’s say in the world of electronica. Yet I’ve still got listed 133 genres. I can’t fathom why I can’t view my genres alphabetically (so I can find what I want), but have to remember avant-garde is way at the end of the ad hoc list - that bugs me.

Missing artwork for artists is also annoying in the sense it just ruins that view within the user interface. Yup, I had started to fill in many of the missing artists, I stopped after a few pages in & put that on the back burners. I’d like that view to look appealing - grey certainly is not. I’ll get up to it when time permits.


I’ve not seen JRiver in years…I never liked it. However, just imagine if Roon could do likewise with their interface?

So, I don’t think it’s about pointing out a separate supposed weakness of another piece of software, (GUI and UX), more about thinking could Roon achieve the same and how much better would Roon be if it did.



If you start with the Genre Browser displaying the top-level of your Genre hierarchy, then you will see an option menu at the top right with the choices:

  • Sort by Name
  • Sort by Number of Albums.

This option is sticky. I suspect that at some point you have selected Sort by Number of Albums, and then when you view all your Genres, you are not seeing them listed alphabetically, but by the number of albums in each of your 133 genres.

Alternatively, you could have constructed your genre hierarchy such that Avant-garde is tucked away as a subgenre. Bring it back to the top level, if it’s important to you.

Excellent - thank you Geoff.

What is weird, is that I’d been looking for that function for some time now on that screen view. It was like it was cut off from my screen. I’ve just tried to replicate how it was looking but that function is clearly visible.

So, my mistake…oh I see…the function vanishes when I select ‘show all’ genres, where the vertical scrolling then changes to horizontal. You are totally correct. :smiley:

Yes, I’ve played with that function previously…funny what can be missed when your eye look to only one side of the screen (the left in this case).



This thread is about missing basic features, not “bugs/glitches and various other anomalies.”

There is a difference between GUI appearance and GUI functionality. In roon the only option is to go and upload each missing picture manually or to give up and look perplexed at a very ugly (and expensive) screen. In JRiver you can play a little bit more with some options. Though none of them are doing it right as a whole… (full disclosure at this moment I just rant from memory, I’m not actively using any of them).

Because the dev’s haven’t thought beyond their own use cases and it probably doesn’t occur to them that their needs don’t necessarily equate to that of others. They probably look at functional usage within Roon and conclude nobody gives a damn about genres, whereas people might actually make more active use of them when exploring music if they were actually visible, imagine that. It’s another example of poorly implemented functionality. Let’s have 100s of genres and only make a handful visible. Then to make things even more interesting let’s add a Focus capability and hide all the sub genres so people can spend time testing their knowledge of the allmusic genre tree. Ooh, what fun.

It’s also not about folk who just want to listen to their music.

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