Yesterday Sonos removed “from this device” function from my apple iPhone. From their previous communications I knew this was coming but hoped that they would leave it as an option, even as a somewhat flawed option.
I am aware of the workaround fixes, they do not fit my needs. I have a NAS, my library there contains thousands of additional music files that are not on my phone. I do not wish to hear most of them on a regular rotation nor do I wish to search thought them everytime I would like to hear a particular song or artist. Additionally, the “from this device” was great for the Speakers in my children’s rooms as there is material on my NAS library that is not suitable for them, but they could play freely from their devices, on which I manage the content.
There will be people who respond that say this is just one minor feature, but the number of threads on this topic indicate that the use of this feature is widespread throughout the customer base. There will be people who respond and say this is Apples doing, but Apple did not tout this as feature for their product. Sonos has removed functionality from their product and put the onus of correcting it on their own customers.
At the end of the day this sets set a bad precedent. Maybe a Sonos will remove more features because of advancing technology challenges, maybe even a feature that some of the people defending Sonos care about. I own many Sonos products and I can with 100% certainty that I will not purchase anymore of their products because of this decision that Sonos implemented with disregard of a large section of their customers wishes. Additionally, anytime I am asked, I will advise potential buyers to look at other products.