Roon Aquisition: Will This Help Or Hamper?


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I just saw this. It felt inevitable that a bigger fish would swoop them up. I just hope my lifetime membership remains such.

My guess is that they'll continue honoring the lifetime membership as respects what it currently does, BUT come up with new features that you'll have to pay for separately if you want access to them.  Just a thought....

Over in the Roon forum Danny Dulai (founder) stated the following in the second post, which can be found here:

We expected to fight hard for the existing lifetimers, but Harman was awesome and didn’t even consider not continuing to support them!

Things can always change with acquisitions - time will tell I guess. I could see lifetime subscriptions to purchase (new) coming to an end at the very least. I could also see devices needing their own one-time purchases of Roon activation for devices - like DIRAC - for both lifetimers and monthly users/payers.

Regardless, and like many others here, hoping the current lifetime subscriptions continue to be honored.

Anyone know how many lifetime subscription holders there are, and/or as a percentage of total subscribers? Just curious, and happy to have invested early.

Also, they will make software improvements to their hardware before anyone else's. And there might be features only avaible to their hardware. They will definately charge more for more features above their so called 'life-time' software plan.

It will definitely help Harmon sell more their DAC/Streamer with built-in Roon support.

There's a comparison with the photography world here. I'd say it's a safe bet that the change of ownership will be used to start to obsolete perpetual licences using the model which has become prevalent in photography i.e. the original software will continue to work - for a time a least - but additional features will have to be paid for and once there is a major computer OS change the "legacy" software will not be updated to be compatible.

We’ll see what happens at annual budget time when Roon audio engineering leadership meets corporate finance.  Roon is an engineering-driven company. If Harmon is just buying technology, we’ll see some personnel changes at Roon pretty fast. If Harmon keeps a lighter touch and lets Roon continue it’s underdog role, we Roon users could see some pretty cool stuff. We’ll see how anxious non-Harmon companies are now to embrace Roon Readiness…

They seem to think it will be helpful (roon) I have never been a fan of the Roon Environment and found it very inadequate in comparison to other platforms such as Innuos, Sotm, Silent Angle, Tiako. alibet the software is easy to use as is the Sense  and Mind2 applications. 

We will see.  I got the lifetime license earlier this year and its been worth every penny so far. 

2 more years and I have broken even with my lifetime membership. If someone got one recently no-one knows what will happen, but there are plenty of competitors/alternatives, so I would guess at worst they could say you just prepaid for the next 6 or 7 years, then we will remove your lifetime membership.

It certainly won't be as bad as buying a Betamax or HD DVD player. :) 

I was about to pull the trigger on a lifetime subscription.  Since the announcement of the merger, I've noticed that Roon is no longer functioning on my Sonos products.  It does still work on my main system and I love its functionality and the information is provides.  Still, the sudden Sonos glitch makes me think I'll just go with the one year subscription for now and wait and see.  

Who knows if they'll continue to offer lifetime subscriptions going forward, but not honoring lifetime subscriptions purchased pre-merger would most definitely lead to lawsuits and/or disputes being filed with credit card companies.

SiriusXM got sued a couple years ago when they tried to say that the lifetime subscriptions sold by Sirius (prior to merging with XM) only meant for the lifetime of the device the subscriber was using at the time of purchase versus the lifetime of the subscriber.  They (SiriusXM) lost.