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Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 - Nothing new in the West

It is an update that Roon Labs LLC. is quite rightly celebrating as a major one, although this only applies to the Asian region. The only really relevant innovation is that Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 now support the KKBOX streaming service, which is important in Asia.

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  • Once again, Roon Labs LLC. Updates, namely Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40, whereby the integration of KKBOX should be mentioned as a major innovation.

Roon Labs LLC. has once again provided updates for both Roon and Roon ARC, with Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 now being up to date. Those who expect great things from these new versions will probably be disappointed, even if the software company Roon Labs LLC. itself speaks of a particularly important update.

And indeed it probably is for the company, but solely with regard to the Asian market. The big innovation that Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 bring with them is the direct integration of the Asian streaming service KKBOX.

Direct support of KKBOX

Roon now supported KKBOX and with it the most influential social audio brand in Asia, as described by the company Roon Labs LLC.

With this, more than 40 million tracks are available in best quality as lossless encoded audio data in different languages, according to Roon Labs LLC. including Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean but also English. Users now also have direct access in Roon to the immensely versatile offer with genres such as K-Pop, J-Rock and Japanese Nu-Jazz.

Not only KKBOX – But only KKBOX

Roon Labs LLC. states that the focus of this new release is, of course, the aforementioned integration of KKBOX, but that the new versions Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 also bring some new features.

In fact, according to the sotfware manufacturer, it is only a small bug fix in the home screen and Roon ARC should now work smoothly with some unspecified USB D/A converters.

The bottom line is that Roon 2.0.19 and Roon ARC 1.0.40 are really only about the integration of KKBOX.

Prices and availability

The latest versions of Roon and RoonServer for Apple MacOS and Linux as well as Windows and also Roon ARC and Roon Remote for Apple iOS and Google Android are available now, of course free of charge for existing customers as always. Roon or RoonServer for Apple macOS and Linux is available as Roon 2.0 Build 1299, for Microsoft Windows as Roon 2.0 Build 1300. Roon Remote for Apple iOS and Google Android is Roon 2.0 Build 1.299 and Roon ARC for Apple iOS and Google Android is available as Roon ARC 1.0 Build 202.

Getting to the point

From the point of view of Roon Labs LLC., the latest updates are of course of great importance, as they perfectly serve the Asian market through the now completed integration of KKBOX. In this country, things will only get interesting again when Roon Labs LLC. finally gets around to supporting more than TIDAL and Qobuz. How about HIGHRESAUDIO, but Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music would also be exciting, since many users rely on these offerings.

PRODUCTROON 2.0.19 AND ROON ARC 1.0.40
PriceUSD 12,49 per month with annual billing
USD 14,99 per month with monthly billing
USD 829,99 Lifetime Licence
BrandROON
ManufacturerRoon Labs LLC.
Distribution AustriaAudio Tuning Vertriebs GmbH
Distribution GermanyRoon Labs LLC.
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.at, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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