This is not a cynical question at all, Im just trying to understand if there is any aspect I’m not seeing that justifies the high cost.
- I agree that by itself, Roon is a unique & excellent software and much thought and efforts have gone into (and continue to go into) developing it. If Intellectual Property is the reason for cost then it would make sense with the lifetime billing of $699 but not when it is a yearly or monthly subscription. Basically customers are paying over and over for IP.
- If licensing involved in bringing part of immersive experience such as artist bio and music tag information (Valence) is the reason then that would be incorrect. I found Roon pulls the same information (word to word) as that is displayed in Tidal. Interlinking artists, composers and then suggesting music are just algorithms. If this is the case, basically we are paying twice for the same music information - to Tidal and then to Roon. To add, most music services seem to pull data from All Music database which is free and in public domain. The website even recommends music.
- MQA support may has licensing costs but then I don’t think it is that high to justify the recurring high subscription cost.
- Third party code libraries used also may not be the reason since majority libraries used seem to be open source.
So, is there any reason that I’m missing?