After a rather disappointing search for a nice alternative for iTines on a Mac, I finally found roon . I have one more week to test it, and I’m a bit hesitating subscribing for it.
I currently use iTunes on a Mac mainly for the following…
- Organizing all of my music on an NAS.
- Mainly lossless music files for listening at home.
- Ripping CDs to tagged AIFF.
- Occasionally buying music through iTunes Store
- Converting selected titles (play lists) to mobile-friendly file formats like mp3 or AAC.
- Synchronizing titles to iPod nano
I like the ease of use of iTunes and its visual interface. But it has two major drawbacks.
- It can handle only very few file formats.
- Separating title sets of different file formats for home and different mobile devices, e.g. car and DAP, is a mess.
At the moment, roon seems to be a very promising app which may be a real alternative to iTunes in the future. It supports many file formats I’d like to use, like FLAC. It has a very nice user interface, although, I still fight with merging albums .
What I miss so much with roon…
- CD ripping. Not a big deal - could use separate ripping tool exporting to roon library watch folder.
- No integrated file converting - essential for synchronizing titles with different devices.
- No synchronizing with other devices.
- No export of playlists as e.g. m3u.
For a real all-rounder roon currently lacks some very important functions that are important for listening music on mobile devices, off-line. To circumvent this you have to use a set of additional tools making it mor complicated to really organize your music for the different needs at home and on the go.
Currently, roon seems to concentrate on listening at home. And - I’m not absolutely sure - it may not support more generic DLNA/UPnP renderers .
So, what are your plans here ? And what about ‘roon extensions’ for Mac?
Two points with the user interface…
- Is there any way to play a title through the Mac client - with a single click?
- Cover art is rendered a bit over-saturated in the Mac client compared to other music apps.
I’m hesitating… a roon lifetime subscription is rather pricy… it looks nice, can handle many formats, but it is very limited in generating new music files for synchronizing with mobile devices, mainly concentrated on listening at home.