First off, please don't consider me an apologist for defect problems. I brought my radio with me from the US and it died in Bangkok only 6 months after purchase.
(In my case it happened a couple weeks after accepting the beta 3.0.49.)
I will have to take it back to the US in February and I am missing the enormous pleasure that the radio was giving me. It provided me with an easy way to keep in touch with radio from back home. And I can't wait to bring back a new, working one.
All I am trying to do is to take the emotion out of this and try to determine whether there is/are (a) solid explanation(s) for the various reports we have been seeing here on the forum. And to remove speculation as to whether this problem is frequently occurring. (Yes, I realize when it happened to me it would not be much consolation to know that a high percentage of other customers still have functioning radios.)
So let's take this point by point:
it should not go dead within 12-15 months.
No one wants that. So the question is whether there is a high defect rate. Or whether the number of reports in the forum leads to a "sampling error." After all, anyone experiencing a defect or problem is going to be more inclined to visit the manufacturer's forum to seek answers or to complain.
Do you think Bose has the same problem.
I have owned a Bose Wave radio and have had 3+ years of reliable service from it. It is understandable to want to compare the two because they have overlaps in functionality and sell in the same price range. But the Roku product has more than just a simple, traditional radio and amplifier.
For better or worse, the Roku products also accept firmware updates. On the upside it allows the manufacturer to add functionality and improve performance. But because this is software, and is dynamic, there is also the chance that bugs will be introduced. And maybe recent firmware updates play some role in the problem.
I was running a newer version of the software for your curiosity.
Can you say whether it was a beta version? The last public release? Being more specific about the version could help. (For example if the majority of problems are emerging with devices using a couple version numbers, this might be a contributing factor.)
For it to happen once in a blue moon one cn forgive, but to have numerous radios go dead around the same time and all within a certain time frame seem odd.
You are helping me make the point about possible causes being related to a software update. But it is not logically sound to conclude that there is a widespread problem here. (See the sampling error point above.)
We're not adversaries. At least for someone in the home country they can swap out radios within a week or two. I will be living without mine for months. And yet I am trying to be calm and reasonable about it.