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Streaming Your Music Collection to Sonos


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Many of the streaming services supported by Sonos allow you to upload your personal music files and stream them via the Internet. While Sonos has always been able to play your local collection from a PC/Mac/NAS, uploading your files to a streaming service can offer some convenience and flexibility to your existing music collection.

In the thread below, we’ll go over each Sonos-supported music service that offers cloud library functionality. For each service, you’ll find key information on its library capabilities as well as detailed instructions on how to upload your music collection. We’ll also provide some resources on how to import CDs to your PC or your Mac using their default media players (Windows Media Player and iTunes, respectively).

We’ll keep this thread updated with any additional cloud library music services that are added to Sonos over time. Please feel free to post any recommendations and questions about these services here and we’ll be happy to answer and help out.

The Services



Amazon Music

Amazon’s cloud library service allows you to upload and manage your music using their app available on PC and Mac. Their free subscription tier will work on Sonos, but Amazon offers a yearly subscription for larger libraries which has a substantial increase in the track limit. In addition to Sonos, you can stream your library to a number of other platforms that are supported by Amazon’s app. MP3 purchases made in Amazon’s Digital Music shop will show up in your cloud library as well.

Available In: 8 countries. Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Free - No charge
Premium - $24.99/year
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Free
Library Limit: 250 tracks (Free), 250,000 tracks (Premium)
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 256 kbps MP3
Upload Method: Amazon Music app for Mac / PC.
Supported Upload Formats: MP3, AAC
Other file formats can be uploaded, but only as long as they match tracks that are already available in Amazon’s catalog. These formats are WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC. If these files are not part of Amazon’s catalog, Amazon recommends converting them to MP3 or AAC using your computer’s media player before uploading. Click here for more info
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Tracks, Genres
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Songs, Albums

How to Upload Your Files to Amazon Music

Start by downloading and installing the Amazon Music app on your Mac or PC using this page. (You can find installation instructions here)

When prompted, sign in using your Amazon username and password. You can then navigate to the Your Library tab and select Upload.

To upload, drag your music files into the designated space within the app. You can also choose Select Files or Select Folder to browse to the music you want to upload. For large libraries, Select Folder is recommended.


Amazon will show you the progress of the overall upload as well as the per-track progress.


When the upload is complete, the tracks will be available for playback within the app and within Amazon Music on Sonos. You can view them sorted by Artists, Songs, or Albums, and you can browse them by Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Genres.





Apple Music

Apple Music uses iCloud Music Library to synchronize music collection across all your devices. The service does most of its matching and uploading automatically behind the scenes as long as you have iCloud Music Library enabled. If Apple Music can’t find your library tracks within their streaming catalog already, it will upload your music and it will appear alongside your other library selections. The end result is a seamless mirror of your iTunes Library available for streaming on Sonos.

Available in: 113 countries, see the full list on Apple’s website.
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Membership: $9.99/mo
Family Membership: $14.99/mo
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Apple Music Membership.
Library Limit: 100,000 tracks There’s a per-file limit of 200MB size / 2 hour length.
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 256 kbps AAC
Upload Method: iTunes via Mac / PC with iCloud Library enabled.
Supported Upload Formats: MP3, AAC.
ALAC, WAV, or AIFF files will be transcoded to a temporary 256 kbps AAC file then uploaded to the service in that format instead. Click here for more info
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists

How to Upload Your Files to Apple Music

You can enable iCloud Music Library via iTunes on your Mac/PC. The option is found within the Preferences screen under General:


When you enable iCloud Music Library for the first time, you’ll be prompted with the option to Merge or Replace your music on the device.
  • Merge will scan your existing music library on your Mac/PC and download other tracks you’ve added/purchased from other devices. It will also upload to iCloud any music that it can’t already find in Apple Music.For example, if iTunes sees ‘Album A’ in your library and can’t find it within Apple Music, iTunes will seamlessly upload ‘Album A’ to iCloud. The album will then appear in your other devices that have iCloud Music Library enabled. It will also appear within Sonos.
  • Replace will replace your existing music library on your PC/Mac with your current Apple Music Library. This function is usually reserved for migrating an existing library onto a fresh computer or iOS device. We DO NOT recommend selecting this option if you already have a large library on your PC/Mac as it may be replaced entirely.
Once iCloud Music Library is enabled, iTunes will spend a little time matching and uploading your tracks behind the scenes. You should see these selections appear within Apple Music after a brief period. You can check within iTunes if a track has been added to your iCloud library by selecting Get Info on any of your tracks and checking the File section. You’ll see the iCloud Status towards the bottom of the window:


As long as this selection says Uploaded or Apple Music, the track will be available within Sonos under Apple Music > My Music.
You can search for any of your uploaded or matched tracks by Artists, Albums, and Songs.





Deezer

Deezer’s personal library functionality allows you to upload MP3s to supplement your saved Deezer tracks, artists, and albums. While Deezer has an unlimited track limit for personal MP3s, its upload method and file format support are a bit more limited than the other library services. It may not be best suited for uploading an entire music collection, but it works very well for adding CDs to your Deezer library that aren’t available in their larger streaming catalog.

Available in: 183 countries, see the full list in our FAQ
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Free: No charge.
Premium+: $9.99/mo
Elite: $14.99/mo (Available for Sonos owners only)
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Premium+
Library Limit: No track limit. Per-file size limit of 45MB
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 128 - 320 kbps MP3
Upload Method: Deezer web interface
Supported Upload Formats: MP3
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Songs
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: None

How to Upload Your Files to Deezer

To upload your music to Deezer, you’ll need to use Deezer’s web interface. Head over to http://www.deezer.com and make sure you’re logged in to your account.

Select My Music on the left-hand menu, then select More > My MP3s.


This will bring to a page that shows all of the MP3s you’ve already uploaded to Deezer. To add more MP3s, simply drag and drop the files from PC/Mac into the designated area. They will be uploaded and then show in the list when they’re available.


You can also press “Select MP3s” and browse to your music files that way - however, this method may only allow you to upload one file at a time and is not ideal for large uploads.

Once your Deezer tracks are uploaded, you can access them in Sonos under Deezer > My Music > My MP3s. Please note that the MP3s will be presented in a list and are not separated by Artist, Album, or other categories. The uploaded tracks will not show up in the list of search results when searching Deezer with the Sonos app.





Google Play Music

Google Play Music primarily uses its Music Manager app on your Mac/PC to monitor a music folder and upload any files contained within. When you add files to the folder, Google Play Music can automatically upload them so they appear in your Google Play Music library. If you’re using Chrome, you can also drag and drop your music files directly into the web interface if you don’t need to upload a lot of music at once.

Available In: 60 countries. See the full list in our FAQ.
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Free - No charge
Unlimited - $9.99/mo
Family - $14.99/mo
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Free
Library Limit: 50,000 tracks (free+paid), max track size 300MB
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 320 kbps MP3
Upload Method: Music Manager App (Mac/PC), Web Interface (Chrome browser)
Supported Upload Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, M4P, ALAC (16-bit only)
All files are converted to MP3 with matching bitrates. Lossless file formats will be converted to 320 kbps MP3s. WMA files can only be uploaded using the Music Manager app for Windows. Some M4P files cannot be uploaded due to copy protection. Click here for more info.
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs

How to Upload Your Files to Google Play Music

Start by downloading the Google’s Music Manager app to your PC/Mac. You can download the software here.

Once the application is installed and run for the first time, it’ll guide you through adding your first Music Folder to your Google Account.


The Music Manager will begin uploading all the supported music files that it finds in the selected folder. Once uploaded, the tracks will be available in your Google Play Music library and within Sonos.

You can access the Music Manager in a few different ways. If you’re on a Mac, you’ll find Music Manager in your System Preferences window as well on your top Menu Bar. On a PC, the Music Manager icon will appear in the System Tray when it’s active.


You can add and remove folders for uploading additional music whenever you like using the Music Manager’s settings.


Within Sonos, your uploaded tracks will appear in Google Play Music > My Library. You can browse to your uploaded files or search for them directly. When searching, you can filter by Artists, Albums, or Songs.





Groove

Microsoft’s Groove Music service integrates with OneDrive for streaming uploaded music content. When music tracks are uploaded to OneDrive’s Music folder, the tracks will appear within Groove’s various apps and within Sonos. OneDrive’s available storage space can be increased through a variety of OneDrive subscriptions, including Groove’s own Music Pass.

Available in: 21 countries - Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Free - No charge. Play uploaded OneDrive tracks on desktop + mobile apps.
Groove Music Pass: $9.99/mo. Gain access to the Groove streaming library.
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Groove Music Pass
Library Limit: 50,000 tracks, or your OneDrive size limit.
Groove Music subscription gets you 100GB One Drive space + the free amount of 5GB for a total of 115GB.
The Free 5GB can be upgraded to 50GB for $1.99/mo
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 320 kbps MP3
Upload Method: OneDrive (web UI, desktop and mobile apps)
Supported Upload Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA. Click here for more info
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: Artists, Albums, Songs

How to Upload Your Files to Groove

Groove Music on Sonos allows you to play supported tracks you’ve uploaded to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service. You can upload your tracks to OneDrive via a web UI or through OneDrive’s apps on various platforms. On a Mac or PC, the OneDrive app will appear as a folder within Finder / Windows Explorer (similar to something like DropBox). You can drag and drop your music files into this OneDrive Music folder to upload them. For these instructions, however, we’ll focus on uploading your music through the web UI.

To start, log in to your Microsoft account at https://onedrive.live.com. Navigate to the Music folder within Files. If you don’t see a Music folder yet, it’ll be automatically created after you use the Groove app for the first time.

To upload your music, you can drag and drop your music files directly into this window. You can also select the Upload button at the top to select which files you’d like to add.


You can also drag entire folders into this window, but this ability isn’t supported in all browsers (we got it to work with Google Chrome). If you’d like to upload a large amount of music and you don’t use Chrome, we’d recommend using the OneDrive app for Mac / PC instead.


These uploads will be immediately available on Sonos under Groove > Collection. You can also search Groove on Sonos for your upload, then select See Results In Your Collection.


If you’re a Groove Music Pass subscriber, your uploaded tracks may be matched with the appropriate track names and album art if they’re missing from the files you’ve uploaded.



Murfie

Murfie is unique in this list in that it’s not a direct upload service but rather a mail-in service. Murfie accepts a physical shipment of your CDs and takes care of the ripping and uploading for you. After Murfie is finished importing and tagging your music, all of your sent CDs will be available through the Murfie streaming service on Sonos.

Availability: Worldwide (except China)
Subscription Tiers and Prices:
Murfie Gold (250 CDs) - $5.00/mo or $49.00/yr
Murfie HiFi (1,000 CDs) - $10.00/mo or $99.00/yr
Additional pricing on shipping etc: https://www.murfie.com/pricing
Library Limit: 250 CDs (Murfie Gold), 1,000 CDs (Murfie HiFi)
Lowest Subscription Tier Needed for Sonos: Murfie Gold
Streaming Bitrate through Sonos: 320 kbps MP3 (Murfie Gold), 1411 kbps FLAC (Murfie HiFi)
Upload Method: Mail-in physical CD collection. Murfie will upload and catalog all of them for streaming. It's also possible to send in tapes / vinyl. Murfie hangs on to your physical media collection unless you request them to return it.
Supported Upload Formats: Final version of uploaded CD tracks will be either MP3 or FLAC depending on the subscription plan.
Library Browsing Categories in Sonos app: Albums
Library Search Categories in Sonos app: Albums

How to Send Your Music to Murfie

There’s no way to directly upload your ripped CDs to Murfie like you can with the other services - rather, Murfie allows you to ship your CDs to them directly and they’ll take care of the ripping and uploading.

You’ll need to start an order to send your collection to Murfie on their site here: https://www.murfie.com/kits/new. You can also get in direct contact with them about your collection first using this page instead: https://www.murfie.com/send_collection


Murfie will guide you through sending your CD collection to them. Once your CDs are received, ripped, and uploaded, your collection will be available for streaming in the Murfie apps and through Sonos.

Within the Sonos app, you can browse your Murfie collection via a list of albums. You can also use the search function to search for a particular album by name.
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Importing CDs


For more information on your operating system’s default process for importing CDs, we’d recommend visiting their online documentation.

Detailed instructions on how to import a CD to your hard drive can be found in the articles listed below:
Mac OS X - iTunes - https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19607
Windows 10 - Windows Media Player - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/rip-music-from-cd

Before importing your CDs, you should double-check your media player’s file format settings to make sure the CD’s tracks will be pulled into your desired format. The most commonly supported file types for the services listed in this thread are MP3 and AAC. Here’s how to find and change those settings in each media player:

iTunes



Start by selecting iTunes > Preferences at the top left of the screen. (If you’re using iTunes on a Windows PC, this will be Edit > Preferences instead.) In the General tab, select Import Settings towards the bottom of the window.


Select the desired file format under Import Using. This will be set to AAC by default, but you can change it to MP3, Apple Lossless (ALAC), AIFF, or WAV. Check to make sure your quality is set at your desired bitrate and click OK. iTunes will now be set to import your CDs in your desired file format.

Windows Media Player



Open Windows Media Player and click the Tools drop-down menu at the top left, then select Options… This will present you with the preferences for Windows Media Player. Click the Rip Music tab.


Under Rip Settings, you’ll find a drop-down menu for selecting your desired file format. By default, this will likely be a variant of the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. Please be sure to verify that your streaming library service can accept WMA uploads if you decide to import music in this format. If WMA is unsupported, you can easily switch the import format to MP3.

You can set your desired quality setting here as well. By default, Windows Media Player will import CDs at 128 kbps, but can go up to 192 kbps for WMA and 320 kbps for MP3.