@Hank_Spraggins I think you get the picture now, but to say it a different way, no one accesses Roon’s back end data which they use to identify data and supply additional meta data. When something is identified into your library, whether local music files or Tidal songs being virtually added to your library, that metadata is copied into your local database. They don’t provide direct access to that master store of meta data.
You can search all of Tidal through Roon, but you are not searching Roon’s data you are searching Tidal’s data. That same search of course looks through your owned library too. So one of the value propositions for many here is the integration of owned and streamed data into one search/playback engine. Along with all the endpoint integration.
If you are primarily in the streaming camp there are not as many advantages for Roon, but I still find it highly valuable.
Hope this helps,