Am finding new version totally unstable. Impossible to select music and play to any audio zone. Have uninstalled and reinstalled three times so far…am I alone on this? Seems to be a problem with the iPhone app, iPad and Windows seem ok…
Casual use case here - just use very basic search, play and queue features + love RoonRadio function. (I know Roon offers so much more but as a lifetime subscriber I feel I have time to discover this when I get time!).
However, even for me this latest issue has presented 2 niggles:
The full screen toggle moving to the bottom of the left menu section - really not sure what value this adds. Did people not understand the simple icon in the top right that was always available without scrolling.
I might be going mad but have the controls got smaller - play, skip queue icons. I see a lot of feedback on the waterfall shrinking but not on the buttons themselves.
I use a Surface Pro as my controller (as a touchscreen only) - so not a small low res screen by any account - but now have to scroll to maximise/minimise the screen when opening and closing the app, and what once felt like a simple task of pressing play / pause and skip now feels like it needs surgical precision. Seems small but these are real world functions I use constantly and have made the experience frustrating for what appears to be no gain.
Really glad to see such levels of continued investment in Roon development despite perhaps not as successful release this time around.
You are missing a feature of this function.
Next to the filter funnel click “Albums by Release Date”
Then click the “Sort by Date” up/down arrow to invert the function. If it is sorted by newest first, the arrow is pointing down. Click the arrow, it will point up and oldest is listed first.
I clicked multiple times on the “^ date” and this made no difference.
Now I see that I need to click on the small arrow itself. This works!
Part of the problem solved. I now at least can change the sort order this way.
Looks good. I would also include the ‘popular’ tracks in a tab, and similar album recommendations, lose ‘discography’ and return to the 1.7 style of listing separately under the artist which albums are in your library and which are available streaming. Tab views though are the way to go imo.
The biggest thing I see missing is the star rating system on the initial page of recommendations or artists albums. I have to click on each album to see the rating and that wastes a lot of time and hurts music discovery badly. If I am unfamiliar with the artist i want to see upfront ,before I click on the albums , what are the best rated albums.
The rating system , from All Music I think, is generally accurate . Sometimes i disagree with the rating but mostly I do not.
I agree on the star ratings. Very helpful. It would also be great to have a symbol that shows whether an album has a review or not. Even better would be a drop down of the review without leaving the thumbnail view, but I know that’s a big ask.
What I’d like to see restored to the album view in the desktop version from 1.7 is:
The sidebar that puts recommended albums in view instead of hiding them at the bottom of the page and also contained the current artist’s discography. The recommended albums change with every album change and now the user does not see them unless he or she manually seeks them out. Every time.
The former playback bar at the bottom of the screen which had the full waveform, larger buttons that were arranged more logically and the current track information above the waveform in a larger font that did not need to be truncated for lack of space.
These are things that were not broken in 1.7. I don’t recall reading complaints about them. Mobile users with their smaller, narrow screens never had these elements as part of their album view, so these changes don’t effect them. But the desktop version of 1.8 is less functional than it was before.