Sonos has announced that it has now expanded its options for streaming media services to its multiroom audio systems like the S5 pictured here. Sonos now offers XM satellite radio subscribers the ability to stream and enjoy SiriusXM radio on the Sonos audio gear. Sirius satellite radio has been able to stream on the audio gear for years.
It's ShowStoppers, the unofficial pre-MWC event, and we've just caught up with the Sonos team to take a look at the latest beta of their Sonos Controller for Android app. Headed to the Android Market in March 2011 as a free download, the app allows for all the control of its iOS counterpart but also a few extra features thanks to Google's broader hardware flexibility in Android.
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.
Sonos is considering expanding its streaming audio system to offer products for in-car and headphone use, as part of an eventual push to cover more of the places that users listen to music. Sonos co-founder and VP of sales and marketing Tom Cullen told GigaOM that the company's roadmap was guided by the principle that "people listen to music in other places." However, the exec wouldn't pin a release date on an Android controller app.
Sonos has confirmed that their Wireless Dock WD100 - which allows you to drop your iPhone or iPod into a simple cradle, and then funnel the music stored on it across your network of Sonos ZonePlayer media boxes - is now shipping. Priced at $119.99, the desktop cradle requires only a power connection, since - as the name suggests - it has integrated wireless support.
Just as CDs have quickly been overtaken by digital downloads, so the number of people wanting to get their music off the computer and through speakers in their living room, kitchen and bedroom has increased. Wading into that market is Raumfeld, promising "Hi-Fi for the digital age" with their eponymous modular system. Still, you can't get far in multi-room audio without tripping over Sonos, so the question is whether the little-known German start-up can compete. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
It's taken them a little longer than initially expected, but the Sonos controller for iPad app has finally landed in the App Store [iTunes link]. A free download, it allows Sonos system users to control their multi-room streaming music system on the iPad's sizeable touchscreen. Meanwhile the company has also released Sonos Software 3.3, which updates the system with support for Spotify.
Sonos has outed the latest part of its streaming music puzzle, in the shape of the Sonos Wireless Dock WD100. Packing an integrated Sonos wireless connection and an iPod/iPhone docking connector, the WD100 basically takes whatever music is stored on your Apple PMP and funnels it around the house.
It's all Apple certified, so there shouldn't be any annoying "this accessory isn't supported" pop-ups, and it'll work with a broad range of the company's hardware: the iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), and iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS and 4). Sadly no iPad support, since the cradle is the wrong shape.
Sonos has been streaming music all around people's homes without any wires for a long time now. At the same time, Spotify has been around and streaming tunes that music fans really love. Sonos and Spotify have announced that they are teaming up for a new offering.
Sonos' Controller for iPad app seemed too good to be true - a free, finger-friendly remote control for the wireless multiroom audio system that turned the Apple tablet into something Crestron owners would be jealous of - but it'll take a little longer than expected to arrive. Initially promised for an August debut, the company has just informed us that they're postponing the release of Sonos Controller for iPad until late September.