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Sonos CEO: Apple’s AirPlay “doesn’t work very well”

Sonos CEO: Apple’s AirPlay “doesn’t work very well”

Sonos may have only just revealed its PLAY:3 speaker, the company's bargain $299 entry-level streaming music system, but it already harbors big ambitions for other home audio implementations. CEO John MacFarlane has been eyeing the home theater market, he tells This is my next, finding it "awfully attractive [because currently] it's horribly done"; however, he also spares some fighting talk for Apple's AirPlay, suggesting that even when it comes to decent AirPlay speakers, the PLAY:3 will "absolutely blow them out of the water."

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Sonos PLAY:3 official: cheaper entry to the streaming music club

Sonos PLAY:3 official: cheaper entry to the streaming music club

Sonos has officially announced the Sonos PLAY:3, the company's latest streaming music speaker, and the smallest all-in-one from the firm to-date. Already spotted earlier this week in a premature Amazon listing, the PLAY:3 (aka the S3) packs three speakers - a single tweeter and two mids - each with its own Class-D digital amp, and joined by a passive, rear-firing bass radiator. As with all Sonos kit, the magic is the mesh network the PLAY:3 can use to stream music either from local storage or from internet radio stations and digital jukebox services like Spotify.

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Sonos Play:3 nightstand speaker crosses FCC

Sonos Play:3 nightstand speaker crosses FCC

If you are a fan of digital music and you prefer to stream that music from one central source out to all the rooms in your home you are likely familiar with Sonos. The company has a full line of streaming music gear that will get you r tunes just about anywhere you want in your house. A new Sonos speaker has surfaced thanks to our palls at the FCC as it crosses the test bench to get the approvals it needs to hit stores near you.

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Sonos Controller for Android released; Sonos v3.4 adds AirPlay

Sonos Controller for Android released; Sonos v3.4 adds AirPlay

Sonos has released its Sonos Controller for Android app, allowing users of Android 2.1 or higher smartphones or tablets to remotely control their multi-room audio systems without paying for a separate remote. Meanwhile, the company has also added Apple AirPlay support in Sonos firmware v3.4, allowing an AirPort Express to be plugged into a Sonos device's aux-in input and stream from it around the home.

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Sonos Controller for Android due March with voice control [Video]

Sonos Controller for Android due March with voice control [Video]

Sonos has announced its latest controller app, this time headed to Android smartphones. The Sonos Controller for Android will hit the Market in late March and, like the company's existing iOS apps, be a free download. New on the Android version, however, is music voice search, which will allow users to search for tracks, artists and albums using spoken requests.

Voice control also works for searching for new streaming radio stations, and the Android app has the same multi-room volume and track control as its predecessors. It requires a device running Android 2.1 or later, with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854; that basically means most recent phones.

Video demo after the cut

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