Powerful, user-driven software update brings a ‘visually stunning’ interface, sophisticated music discovery, and deeper personalisation.
Roon Labs, global music discovery and streaming platform, has made significant improvements with its latest software release. Roon 1.8 has been created to bring an immersive new experience that delivers even more from the Roon features in a powerful and beautiful new way, say its creators.
In its latest release, Roon says the UI becomes a captivating gallery of music for users to browse and explore any collection on a much deeper level. Roon 1.8 argues the new edition presents a fresh, modern design with bold typography that looks visually stunning and is a pleasure to use. But the changes made are more than skin deep. Each of Roon’s newly designed layouts, from the new Home and artist screens to the composer and genre pages, are curated just for each user.
The new vertical scroll makes it quick and easy to find music, no matter what device is being used – meaning the Roon experience is consistent and seamless across desktop, tablet and smartphone.
Roon 1.8 also brings powerful new browsing capabilities and recommendations that understand a music collection ‘like no other’. By combining Roon’s deep metadata and learnings from how Roon’s community of 100,000 listeners use the platform, suggestions are made with uncanny insight and are tailored to each individual listener.
Roon helps users rediscover their own music collection and find new music outside it too. And by connecting TIDAL or Qobuz streaming services to a Roon account, there is access to a vast world of high-resolution streamed music and the possibility of making new discoveries.
Focus: far beyond ‘search’
Roon’s Focus feature has long been the most powerful way to explore a user’s own music, but the newly-expanded 1.8 release goes beyond a library. Focus can now be used to find music anywhere in Roon – even across Qobuz and TIDAL – giving a 360-view of favourite artists, genre, performers and composers.
Browse and filter favourite artists’ most significant albums, their top collaborations, their influences and connections to the artists a user already loves– to find exactly the
music required. The new Discography view also makes it easy to browse even the most prolific artist’s catalogue.
Classical music re-imagined
Roon understands that how users explore certain genres of music is different. That’s why the 1.8 release features a completely new visual style and information layout for classical music, bringing advanced discovery and an educational experience.
Roon guides to explore the genre from the perspective of the composer, performance, period or more. It also provides tighter links between albums and composers, as well as simpler browsing and intelligent recommendations based on the composer, performer, composition or conductor.
The new Discography feature also includes a comprehensive new ‘performances’ view, where users can use Focus to find the exact performance desired.
The updated Home screen in 1.8 includes an all-new dashboard of listening habits over time, broken down by top artists, albums and genres. This can be switched to show data for the last week, month, year or all time.
Users also get a calendar view of what music they have been listening to over the last four weeks, and clicking on each section offers even deeper insight into listening habits down to the minute.
There are now also quick links to the Roon Community within the app, so users are always just one click away from support from Roon and its music experts.
“Roon users are expert listeners, which means they mine their favorite subgenres fanatically. The data about that listening, in turn, is what makes Roon’s music suggestions feel so human. It’s the Roon community that makes these innovations possible.” Says Roon founder and CEO, Enno Vandermeer.
Roon 1.8 goes live on February 9, 2021.