This is something I would really like & I would hope wouldn’t be a huge change
If you look at the Roon ARC FAQ it talks about downloading files and says that for streaming files over mobile data it can compress them and if you look in the “PLAYBACK” section of Roon ARC settings you will see that you can set a quality level not only for mobile data but also for WiFi. In both cases the choices are “Original Format” (which is probably lossless for most of us), “CD Quality”, “Balanced” that I believe is 256kbs Opus for local files and “Bandwidth Optimized” which is the most compressed. It doesn’t seem like a huge change for those quality settings to also be used to control file download sizes.
[ Extensive edit made to my original post because at first I thought Roon ARC would already compress downloads when using mobile data but I’m not sure that is the case. ]
Yep. That is also another good reason for wanting this. I care a lot about battery life as well. I really hope Roon can do this quite soon. When I saw those quality options in settings I initially assumed this was already possible so I’m a bit disappointed to now discover it isn’t.
On Roon Arc I would like to be able to configure the downloaded music quality, just like we can do for streaming quality.
I don’t need to download 24/192 albums to listen on my Android, CD quality is enough for me.
I’ve seen other people mention this but I did not see an explicit feature request topic - but feel free to delete this if I missed it!
Given how slowly ARC downloads albums to my phone, having the ability to lower the download quality (Mp3 is fine with me for mobile use) should speed this up quite a bit, I would think.
As mentioned, this would also help save memory space as well as battery life.
I was hoping ARC’s download feature for offline listening could replace my current solution of keeping a separate folder of Mp3 versions of all my music to sync to my phone for offline listening (I use this quite often since my phone data plan is limited). But as it stands, ARC doesn’t provide a viable solution for me.
+1. I assumed it’d be an option, went looking for the setting, landed here. For all the reasons stated already - phone storage, battery life, download speeds, data usage.
ARC overall seems very cool! Good work, devs! I think this will really be great. That said, the ability to choose bitrate/quality on downloads seems pretty basic so I’d hope it’d be one of the first things added.
Again, this seems great and thanks devs for your efforts. Cheers
Yes, I’d really want to have this feature. Since my Airpods Pro (and I presume all other bluetooth headphones) don’t support lossless formats, it would be super helpful if we had the option to convert the music to a lossy format like AAC.
+1 for this feature as well. I’m loving Roon ARC but I am still also using Plexamp for this reason. Plexamp has a Conversion Bitrate feature for streaming and downloads which uses the OPUS codec. It allows for conversions to max 256 Kbps all the way down to 64 Kbps.