MUNICH, Germany (May 11, 2015) – Led by the team that created the industry defining Sooloos media control system, the 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 music lovers search through, interact with, and explore their music collections and subscription services, in one unified interface.
"Roon brings back the feel of owning music, the compelling presentation of the total album,” described 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."In my experience, you really don't know what you're missing until Roon shows you through the use of continually evolving dynamic metdata.
Roon identifies all the files in your local and streaming music library, then finds a world of information – bios, photos, credits, reviews, concert info, and more – to weave an interface filled with images, information, and links. It creates a surfable, searchable digital magazine to browse and play back your collection.Currently, Roon supports all PCM formats up to 24/384 in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, and AAC formats. DSD support will be added in the future. Tidal is their launch streaming partner (good choice) so you can access Tidal's lossless streaming service from within Roon. Roon treats Tidal's library like your own in terms of attaching their rich dynamic metadata driven feature set, "...integration with TIDAL means that Roon can endlessly show you new connections to explore, help you build the collection you always dreamed of having. All the music in the world is a big place. Roon gives it meaning, context, and relationships."
Roon runs on Mac and PC and these versions are available beginning today. The iOS and Android versions will be available soon. Roon is sold on yearly subscription basis for $119/year or $499 for a lifetime membership. There's also a 14-day free trial.
I've been playing with a beta copy of Roon and I can tell you that bit about redefining how we interact with our music is not some marketing spin. Yeow. We'll be doing a complete review of Roon in the near future with an as yet secret special treat so stay tuned.
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