That is absolutely correct. The absurd aspect of many of the posts here is that they defend Roon, calling everything an innocent and unintentional bug, even when Roon executives make a clear distinction between what is a bug versus what is not.
The way that the photo randomly changes on the Artist Detail page (sometimes it is in a box, and sometimes the entire photo is behind the text, depending on whether you click on various random links) is a clear bug, and Roon said so. That was unintentional.
But the decision to drop large album art on the Now Playing page has nothing to do with a bug, and is a clear design choice. The decision to have nothing but a large black box for music that lacks a photo, artist bio or album info was also deliberate, just as how the photos appeared on the Now Playing page was clearly intentional. It had to be intentional, since the Roon team could turn on their own Radio feature, using different artists, genres and time periods, rapidly click through a wide range of albums, and look at the severely cropped and frequently headless results before they released version 1.6. And the black boxes for any music lacking anything to put in the black box, once the album cover was eliminated. It is rather difficult to believe that they did not do that.
I’m only hoping that the designers will realize that we don’t need both a thumbnail in the lower left, and a large album cover above it. The common sense decision will be to eliminate the thumbnail on that particular page or view, move everything as far down the page as practical (such as the row of icons) and thereby leave as much room as possible for the largest possible illustration of the album cover. We hardly need both a thumbnail and an album cover on the same page or view. That would be the software equivalent of a complete oxymoron.
Some of the folks on this forum defend Roon no matter what it does, and under all circumstances. Just read the posts carefully and you’ll spot those whose posts should be ignored as they will defend Roon until the end of time. But by far the most amusing posts are from the self-proclaimed software engineers and designers, who attack anyone who dares suggest that some of the design choices were rather poorly conceived. They are often the first to call absolutely all dumb design choices innocent software “bugs.” I guess it is the cabal of software designers who must defend each other against mere consumers who pay for the software but dare criticize the product.
Oh, and for the perpetual defenders of Roon, who attack anyone who dares criticize this software, I signed up for a Lifetime subscription when 1.6 came out based on integration with Qobuz. I’ve also defended Roon, even to the point of calling it “fabulous” in a thread that I started.
Like Charles, I’m hoping that see a better balance for overall user design, and Roon can once again deserve the description that I applied and originated, in the thread “Why Roon is fabulous, with or without Tidal.”
As to when all of this will happen, I always assumed it would take at least 45 to 60 days. Roon is not known for being quick when it comes to software releases. The notes on the new features of 1.6 were posted 27 days ago as of the date I’m posting this. So we all might as well be patient. I’d be delighted to be proven wrong on that, however.