But no company has eternal life. Sonos doesn't have it neither.
So, let's use our imagination and imagine that Sonos goes bankrupt (doesn't matter if it is likely or not).
Q: What will happen to our speakers?
I presume we won't see any software updates coming (assuming Sonos won't open source it). But what else will happen?
Background: reason I'm asking is that I strongly dislike the risk of being reliant on a company to have my speakers to work and I'm not sure whether this is the case with Sonos.
I don't want to buy a "Revolv smart home hub" when I could have bought a pair of speakers that could last decades, barring technical failures.
What's your take on whether Sonos speakers need Sonos-the-company to exist or not?
p.s. I realise that if the company disappears and new services emerge afterwards that they probably won't be supported either
Best answer by passopp
Without these updates, the system's online streaming features would slowly, but steadily cease to function.
Local network shares would not be as dramatically affected, as it would take a complete change in protocols for Sonos to stop getting access to your local library (i.e. see the current SMB v2 discussion on this board).
If you prefer speakers which last a couple of decades and can still be fully used even after the manufacturer went out of business I'd suggest a regular passive setup rather than a mini computer running a modified, unrootable Linux with some speaker hardwired to it.