Depends on what we mean by young. How about somebody in their 50s ?
It isn’t about years, it’s about lifestyle. I’m talking about somebody who doesn’t listen only at home, somebody with an active lifestyle.
Sure, @rune, with an iPad endpoint and the Audezes I can walk all around my home, but I can’t walk around in a second home, or a boat, or a resort, or an Airbnb, or when visiting friends or family, or in a car or airplane or office. And I do those things a lot.
Today I can use other devices and services. But it’s a pain. They have different user interfaces. The original metadata problem that first drove us to Sooloos and Roon, if the different systems sort and classify things differently. “Shifting Grace”: Roon sorts it under Michele Rabbia, a mobile device under Marilyn Crispell, both are known and favorite artists, but another tool sorts it under Vincent Courtois whom I never heard of, and yet another sorts it under “Vincent Courtois/Michele Rabbia/Marilyn Crispell” which means it doesn’t show up under any of those artists. And car and A&K portsble have hundreds of GB and 600+ CD quality albums, so if things are mis-sorted I never find them.
Is it possible? Sure. But it is not good.
And managing space when copying selected music to the devices. And different formats and sample rates and bit depths. Gaah!
The reason I keep harping on this is that sync is a hard problem (as we have discussed with @Danny), especially multi-master. Imagine I have a home system and an office system. I once copied my home library to the office. Now I edit the metadata and buy some new albums and edit their metadata in the office. I can sync by copying the new albums and the entire database over to home. But what if I am not so tidy that I bring the entire database with me and resync every day? I do some more edits and buy some albums at home? How do I merge those databases? Merge with conflict resolution requires not just sophisticated database technology but semantic awareness. At home, I edit the artist for an album; at the office, I give it five stars. If I just copy one database over I lose one update. If the system understands the semantics it can keep both because they don’t conflict. But if I gave it five stars in one place and three stars in the other, which edit wins?
Practical issues: I delete an album from my mobile device to make room, how do we sync? Delete it from the other devices? NOOO, I still want the album. Copy it back to the device where it us missing? NOOO, then I can’t use a small device. Accept the album is missing in some devices as long as it is on the others? Sounds ok, but one day you delete the copy on the last device because delete was a non-risky operation, but oops… Treat the home system as the master, never sync from the others to the master? Too rigid, means I can’t download a new album when I’m traveling, that’s no good.
Hacking about with a mess of different and uncoordinated devices is cumbersome and errorprone.
In my mind, fixing this changes my life. I’m going to be happy when I get metadata editing, but it won’t change my life.