Exciting news everyone, the next version of the Sonos software is going into public beta. If you’d like to test it out, Sonos version 6.3 is now available for Android devices, Mac and Windows PCs.
This version has added a feature many of you have been waiting for, support for HLS recorded streams. Which means you’ll now be able to find the recorded radio shows for many of your favorite stations, including BBC shows. They’ll automatically be included within TuneIn on Sonos, where you can now search for your favorite stations and play historic or recorded shows that are in the HLS format. Previously we only had support for the HLS direct streams, it’s great to see this feature completed.
There are also changes and improvements to the Napster and Rhapsody services. Including an updated digital appearance, better quality audio streams, now streaming 320kbps aac, and new content as well, such as Listening History and Sonos Spotlight.
There are now some updated messaging screens for controllers that can’t connect to their systems which hopefully you’ll never have to see. A personal favorite addition of mine is the option for independent surround speaker volume settings for music and TV playback for home theater setups. You can now use your controller to choose a volume for the rears to be at when you’re playing music and a different one for them to be at when playing TV.
Another big feature to mention is that the software will now display desktop notifications for Mac controllers running Mac OS X 10.9 and above. When the Sonos application is open, but not active on screen, a notification can be generated when a new song begins playing to show the track information.
There is no public beta for iOS in this beta. If you join the public beta and have an iOS controller on your system, that controller will be in a limited functionality mode. In this mode, the iOS device will still be able to control your system but will be unable to adjust almost all settings and some features will not display. When the full version of the software is released there will be an iOS version.
To join the beta, you can go to your account page on Sonos.com and sign up for Sonos Public Beta, click here
. You’ll be able to update your system and download the controllers for the beta software.