One or the other of the following happens: (1) the object entry remains in your library but there isn’t any Tidal content to back it up, so when it is to be played, instead there is just an “unavailable” error message; or (2) the object entry is deleted by Roon with no notice to the user.
Either is, in the end, not a good experience.
Martin, you’ve had many a reasonable and insightful post, so I know you’re a reasonable person and not one of those knee-jerk reaction guys who attacks anyone who is critical of anything Roon related. So I know you’ll look at this issue from the point of view of others who don’t just think of an album then go to play it. The idea of here today, gone tomorrow, with no notice, should be a concern for anyone who has spent substantial time organizing a collection for their chosen mode of playback.
I think your point is that a streaming service offers such tremendous value over purchasing every CD that when one disappears, if it was important enough, you should buy it, then live with the imperfection of the fact that they can disappear.
That is a fine point. But I think we need that tool that tells us when it disappears. I’m not criticizing streaming services for losing licenses and pulling content - but I am saying that someone, Roon or Tidal, ought to consider stepping up and creating a way to track this for individual collections.
Part of Roon’s value prop is that it makes Tidal seem like part of your collection. That logic has been used by Roon to reject notions of partial integration with Spotify among other services. But really that is only true if I am OK with someone coming in and deleting part of my collection. I realize I am not, and starting to realize the consequence of that. Roon can’t control what Tidal acquires and loses (nor can Tidal I guess)…it would be unreasonable to expect that…but I don’t think it is unreasonable for a library management tool to tell me when my library just suffered a loss!
From that perspective the onus falls on Roon, given their claims…but from the perspective of Tidal catering to those who want higher audio quality, if one can equate that with music archivists like myself, then it’s also something Tidal should consider.