Hell freezes over: How folder browsing came to Roon

2024 has been an exhilarating ride at Roon, and we’re only four months in!

We’ve announced two new Nucleus models and certified more new partner products than in the first quarter of any other year. We’ve added dynamic features and customer-requested enhancements to Roon and ARC every few weeks. The $499 Nucleus One crushes our long-standing goal of creating the best budget Roon server ever made. We removed Roon’s continuous internet requirement. And today, we’re doing something we said we’d never do – adding folder browsing to Roon.

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Roon Partner Update: April 2024

We’re proud to announce the latest additions to the Roon Ready family that have arrived this month! From the impressive capability of the HoloAudio Red to the dynamic performance of the WiiM Amp, each device brings its own unique flair to the Roon ecosystem. Dive into the world of seamless integration and unparalleled audio quality with these latest additions to the Roon Ready family. Discover more about these certified devices and elevate your listening experience to new heights!

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Roon’s Latest Software Release Enhances Performance, Stability, and Efficiency

We have some exciting details to share about several changes we’ve made to improve your experience while using Roon at home and ARC on the go.  

But first, we’d like to thank you again for your candid responses to our user survey. Your input has given us valuable insight regarding new features and needed fixes you’d like to see. We appreciate your help pointing out areas that need attention, and we’re committed to addressing each of them to ensure you have the best experience possible with Roon.  

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Nucleus One, the best budget Roon server ever made

It’s always exciting to encounter something that challenges belief and expectations simply by existing. Stress testing objects from Too Good to Be True Avenue and having them stand up to scrutiny is gratifying, inspiring even. 

Especially when they’re items that typically demand a bit of money to exhibit quality, like finding a well-made but affordable musical instrument. Another example is the trove of incredibly high-value, low-cost Hi-Fi gear that has sprung up over the last few years. Many of those devices are from Roon partners who have perfected the art of making great sound affordable. 

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Roon Labs Announces Nucleus One, the Next-Generation Nucleus For Everyone

Nucleus One pairs high performance with unrivaled affordability, providing a best-in-class streaming experience to Roon users of every budget

NEW YORK — March 19, 2024 — Roon, the world’s most innovative listening experience for music lovers, is excited to announce the release of Nucleus One, the newest addition to the Nucleus music server product line. Nucleus One leverages advances in computer technology, technical design, and manufacturing processes to deliver an attractively priced turn-key device specifically intended for Roon’s library management, music exploration, and multi-room music player software.

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Roon Partner Update: March 2024

In this month’s Roon Partner Update, dive into the latest audiophile innovations designed to enhance your music experience. Explore state-of-the-art DACs for unmatched audio clarity, seamless network bridges and music players for perfect integration, all-in-one streaming systems for high-fidelity convenience, and cutting-edge wireless speakers, preamplifiers, and streaming CD players that blend superb design with exceptional sound. Join us as we spotlight these outstanding contributions from our partners, all aimed at delivering a deeper, more immersive listening journey for Roon users.

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Roon adds powerful new two-way sync, improved browsing capabilities, and folder organization to playlist features

There’s no denying the popularity of playlists. Open any streaming service app, and you’ll immediately be presented with proof of their far-reaching appeal. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll likely discover lists for things you never imagined.  It’s not that surprising, really. As music lovers, we can’t help but be drawn in by the captivating power of a well-crafted music set. Playlists make DJs and music directors of us all by delivering a creative outlet that opens new vistas into how we interact with music. That’s what Roon is all about–making your music listening more immersive and engaging.

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Roon Partner Update: February 2024

Welcome to the first Roon device update of 2024! We hope that the new year has been as good to you as it has been to us – This month, we’re thrilled to announce a huge batch of newly certified devices. We have 19 new Roon Tested devices for you to discover, and 8 Roon Ready devices joining the fold, ranging from AVRs to network DACs and a preamplifier. Let’s jump right in!

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A Message from the Roon Founders

To everyone in the Roon community,

Last November, Roon Labs was acquired by Harman International. This marks a new beginning for Roon, our industry partners, and our team. Today, we want to discuss what this means for us, for you, and for the future of Roon.

These past few months have been incredibly busy as we merge our company into Harman, an organization many times our size. We’ve been deeply impressed by the resources, funding, and infrastructure available at our new home, and Harman’s leadership has more than delivered on their promise to support us as we chart our path forward. Many of our ambitions that were difficult or impossible as a small company are now within reach, and we can already see how this will benefit our users and accelerate our progress.

We’ve found many Roon enthusiasts at Harman and Samsung. Like everyone in our community, these people – including the most senior executives – share our passion for music and sound quality. Harman acquired Roon to serve a business strategy, but it’s important to understand that the decision-makers responsible have a deep appreciation for our product. They admire what we’ve done and are committed to preserving Roon and helping us improve it.

Before the acquisition, we dedicated several years to expanding Roon’s reach by targeting new audiences. We put real effort towards enhancing the product experience for people with smaller music libraries, as well as casual listeners in hobbyist communities like gaming and headphones. Although these enhancements did help us find new audiences, they sometimes had the unintended consequence of disappointing our most loyal, long-term user base of music collectors and audio enthusiasts.

At Harman, we’ve been given a mandate to reconnect with our core audience. These are the curators who are passionate about shaping their music collections, the audiophiles who appreciate the nuances of high-performance audio equipment, and the genre experts who depend on Roon to expand their knowledge of music. These are the people who have multiple streaming services or who have extensive libraries of music files – the people who simply want the best platform for experiencing their music library. Within this community, Roon is still the only product that comprehensively caters to their diverse needs, and now, at Harman, we’re excited to refocus our efforts on serving them.

We’ve taken some steps in this direction. In 2022, we introduced an internet connectivity requirement to Roon. That decision was driven by strategic considerations, but we acknowledge that the change caused genuine dissatisfaction among our users, and we understand why. Today, we’re announcing a return to Roon’s pre-2.0 behavior. This means our users can once again enjoy their music collections without the need for continuous internet connectivity.

We’re also moving the product forward. Just a few weeks ago, we rolled out a significant update to ARC’s downloads functionality, and today, we’re excited to announce the release of support for TIDAL MAX, bringing a vast library of hi-res PCM content to every Roon user with a TIDAL HiFi Plus subscription.

Going forward, we aim to prioritize features that best serve our community. Roon occupies a vibrant niche, and our strategy at Harman no longer requires us to seek larger audiences. As a result, you can expect real changes in the types of features we focus on and deliver.

We’re paying attention to neglected aspects of the product – prioritizing performance and reliability – to ensure that Roon remains rock-solid. We’ll revisit long-requested features that we’ve avoided, like folder browsing and enhancing the way Roon handles box sets. Major improvements to our playlist functionality are in the pipeline (Hallelujah!). In the coming year, we’ll be focusing on features that center on your music library, rather than non-library streaming content.

Roon’s acquisition by Harman signifies a fresh start for our product. We’re committed to realigning with our core audience and focusing on the needs of music lovers and audio enthusiasts. We’ve already made strides in addressing user concerns, like reverting the internet connectivity requirement, introducing exciting new features like TIDAL MAX, and delivering an updated ARC downloads experience. With Harman’s support, we look forward to a future of improved performance, reliability, and features that cater to you, the Roon community. If you’re interested in hearing more, please check out the podcast we did with David Hyman, a long-time Roon user, audiophile, and music industry veteran who founded MOG (which later became Beats Music and eventually Apple Music).

We’re excited about what lies ahead, and we’re grateful for your continued support. Thank you for being a part of this journey. We can’t wait to bring you more exciting updates in the coming months.

The Roon founders

Black Trailblazers

At Roon, our passion for music is illustrated by a growing selection of eclectic playlists featuring a diverse mix of genres, instrumentation, and voices from around the globe. As music lovers, we’re fortunate to live in a time when music is so plentiful and easily accessible. When you sync a Qobuz, TIDAL, or KKBOX membership with your Roon subscription, your listening choices are practically limitless. An all-encompassing palette of sound is at your fingertips, accompanied by the freedom to listen to and enjoy anything you desire.

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