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Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos has decided to discontinue its own controller hardware with sales of the Control CR200 to stop on May 31. The popularity of smartphones and free controller apps on both Android and iPhones for the Sonos networked audio system has led to the inevitable demise of the Sonos dedicated controller hardware.

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Sonos Controller Mac and PC refresh incoming

Sonos Controller Mac and PC refresh incoming

Right now if you want to be able to control your Sonos device you can do so with their iOS and Android apps, but desktop applications have so far been, well, lacking. That’s about to change, as Sonos have announced via their blog that the standalone applications for PC and Mac will soon see a new update that will bring some much needed features.

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Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos has pushed out a new version of its Sonos Controller app, now catering for Android tablets with a custom UI and new features like social networking integration. The updated app dynamically adjusts to suit the bigger display scale - whether you're running a 7-incher or a 10.1-incher - and can show a user's zones, music menu, now playing pane and volume controls at the same time.

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Sonos Play:3 and Play:5 hit Target, small dealers not happy

Sonos Play:3 and Play:5 hit Target, small dealers not happy

Sonos has announced that it is sending it stuff to Target stores in time for the holiday shopping season. Target stores will be getting the Play:3 and Play:5 Sonos systems. Target is also getting to offer users a discount in their stores of 5% when the buyer purchases using a Target credit card. This is the part that the smaller local Sonos dealers are not happy about.

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Sonos finally gets OS X Lion support

Sonos finally gets OS X Lion support

Sonos has finally updated its streaming music system to support Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, over a month after Apple's newest OS version was released. Previously, those running Lion were unable to stream music stored on their Mac across to their Sonos speakers, although music stored on NAS drives or in cloud storage services like Spotify was still accessible.

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Sonos grabs ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach for retail push

Sonos grabs ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach for retail push

Ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach has joined Sonos, where he will advise the company on marketing and retail presence. Bach was tempted onto the Sonos board by CEO John MacFarlane, the WSJ reports, having already been a longtime user of the company's streaming audio products. "Part of what makes the product magical is it’s really easy to use" he suggests.

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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 S3 all-in-one gets premature $299 Amazon reveal

Sonos Play:3 S3 all-in-one gets premature $299 Amazon reveal

Details of the Sonos S3 aka the Play:3 wireless nightstand speaker last seen crossing through the FCC have leaked, courtesy of a prematurely posted Amazon product page. Since yanked - but still available in Google's cache - the page detailed the Sonos Play:3 and described it as a "smaller, sexier, tuck in a corner and blow out the roof, all-in-one player."

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Spotify ecosystem is key: Sonos, Motorola, more

Spotify ecosystem is key: Sonos, Motorola, more

Spotify has finally made its US debut, but the streaming music service is about more than just playback on your PC or Mac. As well as the mobile clients for iPhone, Android and other platforms - which we reviewed yesterday - there's a growing ecosystem of third-party boxes that support Spotify playback like Sonos and Onkyo.

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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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