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    Tried Roonlabs for 30 days... not as good as LMS

    So I tried Roonlabs for 30 days just to see if it was any better than LMS. The metadata display is pretty cool but that's pretty much about it. If interested, here were my thoughts:

    https://community.roonlabs.com/t/tha...-reasons/31511

    LMS is still the best and I am forever grateful for our community. I didn't really think I was going to leave LMS, but I heard so much about Roonlabs and how they display the meta data, that I wanted to see it for myself. It's really cool, but it's just all front end searching and music info stuff. Everything else is lightyears behind LMS. (Although they do have an audio install that does a sync with the speakers that is pretty cool...)
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    I had very similar reasons for not spending the money, especially regarding the weak "Radio" function, being an avid MusicIP/Spicefly Sugarcube user myself. My reactions where ▒ 1,5 years ago, so it seems development on this is slow(ish).
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    I have been tempted to try Roon a couple of times but have baulked at the considerable effort that I will have to expend to try it and most of the LMS v Roon comments I have seen end up with LMS being the more refined system. That said I love the idea of more metadata, album reviews etc. I also quite like what Plex does for music in this area - I have Plex installed in order to use it for my ripped DVD collection but it also looks at my music library even though I don't use it for music.

    It seems to me that what Roon and to a lesser extent Plex do with metadata and a modern HTML5 interface are really all that is missing from LMS these days but I fear we are not going to get either unless Logitech were to pick up the baton again. Does anyone know if the Roon or Plex metadata comes from their own proprietory databases or from open sources?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    Does anyone know if the Roon or Plex metadata comes from their own proprietory databases or from open sources?
    Roon data comes from other databases, but not free/open source. I'm told that this is one of their largest expenses (licensing the metadata sources).
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    And I totally believe that. This stuff is expensive
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    There is a program called klarita Muso that does a good job of displaying a "now playing" on a computer screen. Might want to check that out. I use it on my TV at times. When I have parties/guests it's really cool. I also use Squeezepad on ipad which I feel does a better than average job of brining in internet data to learn more about what you've got playing and similar artists.

    At the same time, I feel we as a community need to come together and ask ourselves some tough questions and provide more support to Michael and Philip: I talk about this in another thread:

    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...ueezebox/page3

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