Roon ARC app on Apple Watch


Great work from Roon team with the launch of Roon ARC. It works perfectly on my iPhone and I am very pleased to experience Roon on the go.
One question: will it be soon or later an Roon ARC app for the Apple watch?


You might ask that question here.

When I’m outdoors doing what one does outdoors, one of the ways I enjoy music is by playing tracks (from a very limited range) stored on my apple watch via my Bose sunglasses.

Roon ARC for Apple Watch would be tremendous for this (and indeed many other use cases).

When using Roon ARC on my iPhone, I see the controls on my Apple Watch. I appreciate this is the watch being the controller for the phone, but apart from needing the phone nearby, how different is this from what you want?

Yes you’re right, but based on my experience of dedicated streaming app such as Spotify, we have access to playlists or any information on the artist (and ROON has an excellent content on artists) through their dedicated app, hence my question.

Makes sense, although even if it were possible I think I’d use my phone for anything more than basic controls.

Can I ask how you’re doing this? Nothing is showing on my Apple Watch.

I second this: I’d love to sync some songs to my Watch to listen to while going for jogs. I generally don’t want to carry my phone along when I’m jogging.

Hello Graeme,
as soon as you open Roon ARC on your iPhone, normally you can see it on your Apple Watch through an Apple native App called in French “à l’écoute” meaning “listening”. It is automatically launched when I open Roon ARC on my iPhone.

On English language WatchOS I believe the app you are referring to is called “Now Playing” and it does indeed show what Roon on the phone is currently playing. As you say it launches automatically but sometimes if I do something else with my watch it stops. That’s how I know it’s called “Now Playing”, when I accidentally interrupted the display the first time it took me a while to work out what app I had to relaunch on my watch to get the display back.

My only frustration with the Now Playing solution is that, while I can see what Roon is currently playing, I can’t see the upcoming queue. That’s probably an Apple limitation in whatever API Apple exposes to 3rd party players but if it is possible for a 3rd party player, i.e. Roon ARC, to also expose its queue to Now Playing that would be a major enhancement for me.