I appreciate and value your view and concerns. I found your post well measured and respectful. Certainly not forceful in any way :-).
Roon’s appeal to different people is something I also think about on a regular basis. Mainly because I love Roon and I would love to see it become more widely established.
I partly agree with what you wrote. Most people I know stream their music. Some people use really good equipment to do so while others are happy with Sonos etc. I buy music (lossless and some iTunes tracks) and appreciate owning and curating a library. I am 44 but most of my friends (younger and older) prefer to stream Spotify / Apple Music. Very few will be going for Tidal / Qobuz and another minority are Vinyl only. I agree with you that the majority of music lovers will go for the convenience of Spotify connect or Apple Music. Were it possible for Roon to become Spotify connect enabled, market share would certainly increase. Having said that, I value that Roon primarily caters for people who prefer to tinker in order to achieve / enjoy the added sound quality. I agree with you though that this group of people feel like a minority. I feel like that whenever I interact with the majority of my friends and family. I am hopeful though as I believe that a minority will always exist that will appreciate higher sound quality (above Spotify) and Roon will cater for us :-). Assuming Roon has adopted a niche market segment targeting then this might be enough for it to sustain financial success and even growth. While I agree that a lot of people don’t have the reference point of quality above mp3 / Spotify, some do seek it. Myself and one or two good friends of mine included. I am therefore hopeful that the niche market segment will remain a good target for Roon :-).
Now, if somehow Roon managed to expand and include multiple streaming services then it would grow beyond this niche.
Thanks for sharing