is Beatunes compatible with Roon?'s Avatar

13 May, 2020 01:56 PM


I've ditched Itunes in favour of Roon software, my music library is in a Nucleus + server streamed to various Roon endpoints.
Can you please tell me if I can use BeaTunes with Roon?

Many thanks


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 13 May, 2020 02:10 PM

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    Hey Paul,

    I have never used Roon or am even remotely familiar with it, so my honest answer is: I have no idea.

    What criteria would one need to fulfill to be compatible with Roon?


  2. 2 Posted by on 14 May, 2020 03:43 AM's Avatar

    Hi Hendrik,

    Thanks for your reply, Roon is a music player / multi-room streamer / library management app that plays music files in every format and presents artists and albums in an encyclopedia type format.

    The other issue Beatunes may have with my setup is that my music files are located in my Nucleus +, which is a network streamer manufactured by Roon

    The roon software running on the Nucleus is Linux, with the music files inside the Nucleus being flac, mp4 or Mp3.

    My computer is a mac, would I be able to run my music files on the Nucleus through BeaTunes which would be on Mac. I presume that there's no Linux version of BeaTunes, and if there were is it possible to run it from the Nucleus?

    I've probably worked out that it can't be done, have you come to the same conclusion?

    Best regards


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by hendrik on 14 May, 2020 07:18 AM

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    Hey Paul,

    beaTunes can either operate on iTunes/ libraries or simple file system folders that contain your music (see this article). If I understand correctly, iTunes/ is not an option for you and your music resides on this Nucleus.

    According to the Roon knowledge base, you can mount the Nucleus' internal drive on your Mac, which would allow you to use a folder-based library under beaTunes. This should work for analysis and inspection. See

    To import playlists generated by beaTunes, you'd have to right-click on a beaTunes playlist and export it as m3u8 or m3u and store it on your Nucleus drive using relative paths (beaTunes will ask you about this). The latter is important—with absolute paths Roon won't be able to find the files. For this to work, you would also have to turn playlist importing in your Roon config on. See for details.

    Hope this helps,


    PS: Should this not work as you imagine it should, please see our refund policy.

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