Hi, I’m thrilled about this release! I signed up for Roon on the day ARC was announced based on the promise of CarPlay support and now it’s here The ability to hear my ripped LPs in high quality via CarPlay is a key use case for me.
A few observations / wishlist items:
Overall the reliability and performance has been really great. I’ve found it solid so far and zippy to navigate, cover art is not delayed or staggered like I’ve seen in other apps. No crashes, no glitches so far. Great job!
The main enhancements I’d like to see are around the Downloads.
In the Downloads page can you please split the downloads into Recently Downloaded, Playlists, Artist, Albums, Composer, etc… A great example of this is how Apple Music in CarPlay handles Downloads. This capability would also be really helpful in the Roon ARC phone iOS version.
It would also be great to know visually which albums have been downloaded when looking at albums or playlists, there is an indicator on the Roon phone iOS version on the cover art which is helpful. On CarPlay I’ve seen some apps indicate this on the album with a cloud or download indicator on the far right of the album banner after the name, so the album line shows left to right (1) the cover art (2) name (3) indicator.
This would be really helpful for navigating the albums and deciding on what to play in the car. Due to the limitations on bandwidth and bandwidth cost, I prefer to choose to play the albums that are downloaded.
One more feature which is really helpful when driving is to use “letters” when scrolling a long list of elements (artists, albums, songs, etc…). Apple Music has a very slick implementation of this, when you quickly scroll it assumes that you are trying to move a great distance on the list so it pops up a letter chooser making it easy to get over to elements starting with the chosen letter (“M” for example). It’s hard to explain, but if you have access to Apple Music on CarPlay then you can see a good example of this. It’s an excellent UX feature and I know many of the Roon users have large libraries!
Thanks again for support CarPlay and I’m eagerly looking forward to updates and improvements!