What's With The User Interface?

Apple is not entirely immune from bad UI design. For example, I find iTunes (and even more so the Music app on iOS) to be a pretty awful UI - glad I don’t have to use it hardly at all any more.


iTunes ? Remember their DVD player ? The iCal faux leather modelled on that of the great leader’s private jet ? Or the mouse that recharges on its back ?

I remember when I first got Roon it took some time to get oriented and figure out the UI so I can agree there is room for improvement and I understand Roon is working on it (this came to the forefront when they updated the “Now Playing” screen).

I look forward to changes but whatever they do I hope they don’t mess with the “Focus” functionality; it is fantastic.


I guess the people who complain about the UI don’t remember or weren’t here for V1.6.
I think that was the version number.

For that update, the villagers massed with pitchforks and torches.

In that case, Roon did listen. So, if anyone has something contructive to say, rather just venting, there is always the Feature Request section.

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Take a look at JRiver and get back to us.

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as an example, look here and you got a constructive starting point:

Synchronise the look & feel of the "Artists" and "Composers" view with the "Albums" view

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@SKBubba who cares about JRiver?

Yes, I agree that is disconcerting, but I think most UI complaints are about usability.

Usability, untidyness - part of the same problem

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I don’t understand the question.

Otherwise known as the trashcan. Have seen way too many feature requests completely ignored for too many years to believe there’s any point posting a feature request. Even bugs don’t get fixed.

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Huh? You’ve only been a member for a couple of months.

You hate the way Roon works and you don’t believe in posting any Feature Requests, so it seems your whole purpose on this forum is to vent some spleen.


I thought Roon was talking about a major UI change a couple of years ago and they probably are working on it still.

To me, Roon looks basically as it did 5 years ago with just some tinkering around the edges. Even though I generally don’t like change, I am ready for a new look Roon.

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Too much going on on one screen for me Mike. Although that’s just because I am used to Roon.

I do think there are inconsistencies in the Roon UI and some things don’t make sense. It could do with a home button that takes you straight back to the album layout and I will never get used to the horizontal paging. I would love to see PDF viewing integrated directly into the now playing view so that you could view and scroll through an album booklet directly within Roon.

Overall I like the look of the Roon UI, I think it strikes a good balance between a classic quality looking piece of software without following the really bland look that iTunes now sports. Many of the competitors I have looked don’t improve on anything in my personal opinion, I don’t mind Audirvana but I think its plainly derivative.

Roon definitely need to work on their marketing for the website, I think many older users don’t understand that this is supposed to be a “searchable, surfable magazine” and have a “glossy” feel to it. It is not going to ever look like “normal” software. Try reading an digital magazine (I subscribe to Enduro magazine), in many ways it feels similar to Roon, which is obviously what the Roon team are going for. If you cant get your head around this then you are definitely in the wrong place.

As for an abomination? WTF? How on earth can you be serious about that comment?

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Using Roon and referencing the forum for troubleshooting doesn’t mean you’re forced to participate in the forum, it’s open for anyone to read and search, logged in or not. I registered here because some issues cannot be resolved on the user end and require support intervention. Doesn’t make my views and experiences any less valid than that of those seemingly on here 24/7/365 under the illusion you’re custodians.


I am, to use your colloquialism it’s a FN shambolic mess riddled with inconsistency and half-baked and poorly implemented ideas that serves only to deliver a frustrating, overly repetitive UX for all but the most basic interaction.

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I absolutely love the user interface: easy to navigate, responsive and focus, bookmarks and tags make the task of finding the music I want so easy.


It was worth the money to me just to have all my album photos except a couple of rare ones displayed Automatically unlike iTunes that resembled a blotchy teenager as it probably failed to find about 10 percent. I’m easily pleased I guess.

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I would love for you to give us a thorough breakdown of the above. I expect Roon themselves would be very interested in what you have to say. I would especially like to know what exactly makes it a “shambolic mess”.

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I’ve been using Roon for just over a year now, and I love it :heart_eyes:

Whenever I start the remote app on my iPad, I feel like a little kid all over again, who’s about to go digging in his father’s record collection. It’s that sense of discovery all over again.

The closet feeling I have, is that using Roon feels like ‘coming home’?