Led by the team that created the Sooloos media control system, newly formed Roon Labs is set to debut its first product at Munich High End 2015. Simply called Roon, it is a software service that redefines how to search through, interact with, and explore music collections and subscription services, in one unified interface.
Roon software service redefines how to search through, interact with, and explore music collections and subscription services, in one unified interface
Roon identifies all the files in your local and streaming music library, then finds a world of information—bios, photos, credits, reviews, and concert info—to weave an interface filled with images, information, and links.
“Roon brings back the feel of owning music, the compelling presentation of the total album,” said Enno Vandermeer, CEO of Roon Labs. “Think of the gate fold sleeve of the vinyl era, with big fullcolor panels of artwork and photographs, plus the inner sleeve filled with lyrics, credits, and other information. It added layers of depth and dimension to music. Roon delivers all of that, but updates it by building links between all the information so you can explore your collection like never before. It connects the dots between the past, present and future of music.”
Roon will do this with your personal library, but also with the massive online libraries of streaming services, like TIDAL, which is Roon’s streaming launch partner.
All of Roon’s metadata is dynamic, so as performers and artists continue working, the interface will evolve with them. The software component is designed to be as flexible as possible and will run on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices.
With regards to hardware, Vandermeer added, “Hardware integration is an essential part of the user experience. We want to offer users the flexibility to mix and match their audio output devices without sacrificing performance, simplicity, or reliability, single room or multiroom. We offer the usual system sound output options, but also Songcast, Meridian Streaming, Airplay and our own performanceaudio alternative to Airplay.”
Roon has established a Third Party Partner Program to integrate with their product. Launch partners include Auralic, dCS, Linn, Meridian Audio, and PS Audio.
Availability online begins May 11, 2015 with pricing for the service set at $119 annually, $499 for a lifetime subscription, and $999 for an upcoming Pro lifetime subscription for home automation. There is a 14day free trial. Demo videos and information are at www.roonlabs.com.