What happens with the lifetime subscribers if the company folds or is sold?

Not if they shut down their servers. It might work to play your local content without any metadata, etc. IDK. However, if you used Roon for 4 years before that happened, you got your money’s worth. I wouldn’t worry about it.

Unlike ‘open source’ products, when/if Roon goes belly-up all related content will likely stop working.

For-profit = all work needs to be budgeted so something as small as correcting a typo would have a cost associated with it and if it’s not in the budget then it just won’t get fixed. It also means the product will likely lag behind improvements depending on how much the company wants to ‘gamble’ on the value-added benefit of the improvement. This is to say…improving X will only be worth it if it attracts new customers. So all these folks who own Roon begging and pleading for something mean very little if it does not attract new customers who see the value.

Open-source projects, on the other hand, churn out updates and improvements at a head-spinning rate and can live on no matter what happens. However, they have their downside too, like being unstable and devs who are stuck on a new-feature tread mill.


Roon for Life or Die!

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Actually, it isn’t that much of a choice. The latter is an unavoidable given. :slightly_frowning_face:
I like the attitude though!


Thank you for your detailed explanation [about the price increase of lifetime]. May I ask you a question on a tangentially related point?

I’m a lifetime subscriber already and am very happy with the product in general. However I recently became very much aware of the software’s dependence on ‘Roon central’ when ‘something happened’ over the weekend that broke Roon’s connection to Tidal and Qobuz. This in turn raised the question of what I would be left with in the (I hope very unlikely) event that Roon were to fold. Would it just be the library management component of the software?


I’ve @Aidan_Gaule,

I merged your post into the existing topic, see Danny’s post higher up …


Understood. Thanks again.

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Hi, I was wondering how and by who the metadata is managed. I am considering buying a Nucleus + as the interface, functionalitites and sound of ROON are just unbeatable. Now what if ROON dissapears, goes bankrupt… What happens with all the nice Metadat we get? What servers is it coming from? Is it open source? I would be seriously uoset spending over 2k for a asystem that stops working in 1,3 or 10 years… Same questions for the LIFETIME subscribtion who’s life? Roon or mine? or the device?

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Bottom line is no matter how good the metadata is you only rent it ! Its stored on your PC as far as i know but not in a way you can acccess or reuse. Many Collectors maintain their own metadata , which can often help Roon id stuff

You must make your choice on its percieved quality

If you stop paying, woosh it goes , the article above deals with a potential fold of Roon

Please just scroll up to the @Danny posts above (October 2015) where he clearly lays out plan B should anything untoward happen to Roon.

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Helpful links to save people from scrolling …


Thank you BlackJack and Jim. The Roon Labs LLC notes are helpful. I am a Lifetime subscriber and love this amazing software. Roon 1.8 is amazing. I can’t help but wonder how Spotify going lossless will impact music listening/curating. Temporarily stable with Roon/Qobuz, which play amazingly well together, but concerned about Spotify’s impact in this space should they also go lossless. The Roon/Qobuz combination has helped my listening and music appreciation reach previously unimagined heights.

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well, an huge part of the Qobuz library is not only lossless but high res. So I am not concerned :slight_smile:


Don’t know Qobuz (or Spotify, Tidal) fiscal health. Amazon and Apple are in strongest position, but don’t provide high resolution (possibly precluded by significant cost increment with minimal end-user interest). Maybe this musical ecosystem is quasi-stable. I hope so. My initial question re: Roon being snapped up is that their incredible leap forward in music curation may attract interest from the broader market (Apple/Amazon). Who wouldn’t want brilliant pointers to new music/artists?

It’s natural to see the threats. We train ourselves to see threats. But as we focus on threats (or what could go wrong), we tend to miss the opportunities. Its a fundamental basis for why our species loses creativity with age.
Lots of changes mean lots of opportunities too. I don’t know what they are, but I’m sure they are out there. I’d be surprised if several of these unseen opportunities aren’t on Roon’s radar.

Not seeing as a threat. Just wondering about wisdom of lifetime subscriptions in an unstable market. Agree re: wonderful opportunities. Never imagined I’d have it so good. I know the folks at Roon are a unique blend of music lovers/makers and software creators. Amazingly good times. If I had to do it again, I’d still go with the lifetime subscription. It has already paid for itself in my musical growth.


Roon Labs LLC - I too would like to hear an answer to Christoph’s question. It seems you should be able to flip a bit in a lifetime subscriber’s server application that disables future checks of a valid license. That functionality needs to be added.


This, from Roon’s COO, doesn’t answer the question?