You can run Roon server AND Roon on the same machine. I have been doing it for months. There are some idiosyncrasies in this setup but it works. If you want to give it a go I’ll shoot you a “What I did” type of message
The underlying protocol is called Roon Advanced Audio Transport. An SDK will be released to manufacturers who will develop firmware for RoonReady devices. Software apps/packages, called RoonSpeakers are planned for mac, pc, android, ios, linux, rpi.
What the Roon team are attempting here is a brand new digital audio protocol made available without licence fees and deployed across the whole gamut of operating systems and hardware. The support for the RPi and Squeezebox should warm the cockles of all digital audio enthusiasts hearts. If they get it right (and I wouldn’t bet against them) then RAAT will be the new de facto streaming standard to be included in all new hardware.
I suspect that manufacturers will be writing RAAT firmware promptly as soon as they see their competitors doing it and customers asking for it.
enhancements of music playing side (memory play etc) or more hooks into existing software on the play side
I am assuming that bug swatting continues all the time, and will show up in any update
And improved metadata editing capabilities. And being able to group live albums and compilations and singles and albums separately on the artist page. And better artwork handling (like rear album art and liner notes). Right? Right??
MORE ART and interior booklets (to add my voice to the chorus of previous requests. I think this is one of the single biggest features that all music application players and organizers are sorely missing)
Agree on the art and booklets. I was just thinking about that last night, wanted to see what they said about lyrics on a Lena Willemark album, she sings in a local dialect, really a separate language, that no Swede can understand. My wife said, it must be described on the album, but I no longer have access to the album, it’s in the attic.
It is really good that we get reviews, but liner notes are also interesting.