End of Software Updates for Legacy Products

Please note that we’ve created a new thread with some clarifications to questions that have come up several times in this thread. Please see here to continue the discussion if you still have any questions. The information contained in this thread is outdated and may no longer be accurate.   We have some important news regarding our oldest Sonos devices shared on the Sonos Blog today. The text of that blog post is being included here for your convenience:   Starting in May 2020, some of our oldest products will no longer receive software updates or new features. We want to explain why and your options.  When we first set out almost 20 years ago to invent the technology to easily listen to any song in any room, most of the ways we listen to music today did not exist. In fact, the first Sonos products were introduced before the first iPhone was announced and when Myspace still ruled social media.    In order to invent multi-room music and smart speakers, we combined the worlds of high-fidelity audio and computing. Every Sonos product has a microprocessor, flash memory, and other hardware components typically found in computers and smartphones.     Since launching our first products, technology has advanced at an exponential rate; from streaming services and voice assistants to wireless networking and Bluetooth capabilities.  Through all of this transformation, we have continued delivering new features via software updates. We’re extremely proud of the fact that we build products that last a long time, and that listeners continue to enjoy them. In fact, 92% of the products we’ve ever shipped are still in use today. That is unheard of in the world of consumer electronics. However, we’ve now come to a point where some of the oldest products have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.   This coming May, these legacy products—our original Zone Players, Connect, and Connect:Amp (launched in 2006; includes versions sold until 2015), first-generation Play:5 (launched 2009), CR200 (launched 2009), and Bridge (launched 2007)—will no longer receive software updates or new features.   Today the Sonos experience relies on an interconnected ecosystem, giving you access to more than 100 streaming services, voice assistants, and control options like Apple AirPlay 2. Without new software updates, access to services and overall functionality of your sound system will eventually be disrupted, particularly as partners evolve their technology.  To help you through this transition, we’re providing two options: Option 1: Continue using these legacy products, recognizing that your system will no longer receive software updates and new features.   Option 2: Trade up to a new Sonos product with a 30% credit for each legacy product you replace. If you’re not sure if your products are affected, you can check in the System tab in your sonos.com-account If you choose to participate in the trade up program, your legacy products will be put in Recycle Mode, a state that deletes personally identifiable information and prepares these products for e-recycling. Recycle Mode also protects unsuspecting people from buying legacy products that are approaching the end of their useful life and won’t provide the Sonos experience customers expect today. Recycle Mode will only apply to the legacy products listed above.   We ask that you take your legacy products to a nearby certified e-recycling facility. This is the most environmentally friendly way to recycle. That said, if there isn’t a facility in your area, we are happy to pay for you to ship your products back to Sonos for responsible recycling.       Ideally all our products would last forever, but for now we’re limited by the existing technology. Our responsibility here is threefold: build products that last a long time; continually look for ways to make our products more environmentally friendly through materials, packaging, and our supply chain and take responsibility for helping you through the transition once products near the end of their useful life.     We’ve always believed in freedom of choice, whether that means choosing a certain streaming service or way to control your listening experience. We hope the choices provided here—continuing to use these products without new software updates or trading up to our modern products—enable you to make the choice that’s right for you.    We are honored to have a place in your home and want to make sure that we help continue to bring the best experience we can, even when products reach the end of their useful life.    More information.   Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Google Assistant: Ireland and Singapore

We are happy to announce an expansion in the availability of Google Assistant on Sonos in Ireland and Singapore. Google Assistant is also now available on Sonos in Norway, Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. Make sure your system is up to date by checking under More > Settings > Software Updates. Compatible devices will then be able to add the Google Assistant as a voice assistant. Here are some helpful links to get you started:Further information on the Google Assistant. You can also find out all about Google Assistant on our original announcement thread, ‘Sonos welcomes the Google Assistant’  11 Ways the Google Assistant Will Enhance Your Sonos Listening Experience”. Controlling Sonos with Google Home devices. Adding the Google Assistant to a Beam or One.  A list of basic commands for Google Assistant on Sonos.With the Google Assistant on Sonos you can play music, find answers courtesy of Google Search, plan your day, set timers, and easily control smart devices around your home. You’ll also be able to use features specific to Google Assistant, like continued conversation, meaning you can ask the Google Assistant a series of questions without having to say “Hey Google” every time. The Google Assistant can control basic playback, such as skipping or pausing music on Sonos, and can start music from Deezer, Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music (depending on availability in your country). We’ll continue to bring more actions and functionality to the experience over time through software updates. If you run into any trouble, there are some helpful tips and tricks for Google Assistant on Sonos here and more Google Assistant tips on the Sonos community, to get you started.

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Meet Sonos One SL, Brilliant Sound Your Way

Available on September 12th, Sonos One SL is the essential speaker for music and more. Sonos One SL has the same sound and many of the same great features as Sonos One, only without the built-in microphones, giving you the choice to add voice into your system or not. Sonos One SL delivers rich, room-filling sound in a compact size. It features two Class-D amplifiers perfectly tuned to its unique acoustic architecture, powering a mid-range woofer and a tweeter. Control it with the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more. You can still control One SL with your voice when you wirelessly connect it to a voice-enabled device, such as a Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. Only where these services are available with Sonos. The compact design fits just about any space. Put it on your kitchen countertop or tuck it away on your office bookshelf. Pair two Sonos One SL speakers, or a One SL and a Sonos One, to get stereo sound or for rear surround speakers in a 5.1 set-up. More details on Sonos One SL: Stream music to One SL with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2. Use Trueplay with an iOS device to tune the speaker to sound great no matter where it’s placed. Capacitive touch controls on top let you tap and swipe to play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and group rooms. Pre-order today on Sonos.com in stunning all black or all white for $179 US (€199 EUR), available worldwide starting September 12th.

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Introducing Sonos Move, Brilliant Sound Anywhere

Introducing Sonos Move, the durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening. Powerful and versatile with smart, adaptable sound, Sonos Move is available starting September 24th. Sonos Move delivers surprisingly deep bass, an ultra-wide soundscape, and Automatic Trueplay tuning that perfectly balances the sound for where you are and what you're listening to. Move features two Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture. It also has one downward-firing tweeter into a custom-designed waveguide that disperses sound evenly, along with one mid-woofer integrated into the cabinet for deep, rich bass. Connect Move to the rest of your Sonos system at home on WiFi to stream music in one room or in sync with other speakers throughout your home. Play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free with Alexa and the Google Assistant built right in. Switch to Bluetooth when you’re away from home or on the go and play music directly from your mobile device. Details on Sonos Move: Move slides seamlessly into the included charging base and features an ergonomic handle, making it easy to pick up and carry. Move has a tough durable shell and an IP56 rating, meaning it can stand up to falls, bumps, humidity, rain, dust, UV rays, and extreme heat and cold. Responsive touch controls on the top of the speaker makes it easy to play, pause, skip, adjust the volume, and group rooms when on WiFi. There's also a mic button that can easily turn the microphones on or off. Move also has a join button, power button, and WiFi/Bluetooth mode button on the back, just under the handle. Power and battery: Move’s battery will last for up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playback. If left off the charging base and unused, Move will automatically go into suspend mode to reserve battery for up to 5 days. The battery is rechargeable with an included indoor charging base or with any USB-C charger with the following output levels: 12V/3A, 15V/3A, or 20V/2.25A. After about three years, or 900 charges, Move’s battery can easily be replaced so you can keep listening for years to come. Pre-order today on Sonos.com in shadow black for $399 US (€399 EUR), available worldwide starting September 24.

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'On this iPhone or iPad' No Longer Available

Starting today, the ‘On this iPhone or iPad’ feature will no longer be available in the Sonos app. There are still many ways to play your locally saved music library to Sonos and control it from your iOS device, including some good free options. We first launched ‘On this iPhone or iPad’ in 2012 as an option to play locally saved content from your iOS device before Apple AirPlay was available on Sonos. The way this feature was originally designed has become unreliable with newer versions of iOS and Sonos. The best way to play the music stored on your phone to Sonos is now by using Apple AirPlay 2 on compatible Sonos speakers (Sonos One, Amp, Beam, Play:5 (Gen 2), Playbase, and SYMFONISK WiFi Speakers). Using AirPlay 2, you can send the audio to one of these products and use the Sonos app to group it with any other Sonos rooms to have them all playing in sync. You can find more information about using AirPlay 2 with Sonos here. For people who don’t have AirPlay 2 capable Sonos products, additional options to play tracks that are stored on your phone to Sonos include: Uploading your tracks to a music service with a storage feature, such as Apple Music or Google Play Music. These services will store your library and allow you to stream it anywhere. This is a great option if you have songs that aren’t available on a subscription based streaming service. Also, Google Play Music has a free account option that allows you to upload 50,000 tracks and play them which works with Sonos. Setting up a Music Library share on a Computer or Network Attached Storage drive. You’d need to have the computer or local drive available when you want to play music, but your library would be easy to transfer to these devices, if it isn’t already on them. Streaming the catalog from a music service. There are more than 100 music services available on Sonos, many with several millions of songs. Android mobile devices will continue to have access to the ‘On this device’ feature. If you have an Android phone or tablet, ‘Playing music stored on your Android device’ to Sonos is a great option. If you have a Sonos Play:5, Connect, Connect:Amp, or Amp, you'll have a Sonos player with a Line-In connection. Using that Line-In, you can play music directly from any device connected to it, to any player around the house. You could even look into connecting a Bluetooth or AirPlay receiving device to that line in to use your mobile device without needing to wire it in to the line-in. See more about 'Using the Line-In on Sonos' here. With the first three options, your phone doesn’t need to be turned on to listen to your music, and the music will keep on playing even if your phone is off or leaves the house. There are also alarm and Sonos playlist features that are available for most music sources that aren't available from 'On this iPhone'. More about how to ‘Play music stored on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch’ is on our support pages. We'll continue to support everyone through this change, and will help them set up the necessary workarounds to keep listening to their favorite tracks on Sonos.

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Meet SYMFONISK, IKEA speakers built with Sonos

Introducing SYMFONISK, brand new speakers designed by IKEA in partnership with Sonos to work flawlessly with Sonos systems. We’re excited to share the SYMFONISK bookshelf and table lamp speakers. The table lamp with WiFi speaker integrates sound, light, and interior design in a single product, perfect for small spaces or homes that do not wish for technology to be a visible part of the home design. The versatile bookshelf WiFi speaker opens up the Sonos experience to many new placements and functions that can bring joy and a great sound experience to the home. With these new additions, you have even more options to choose what will best fit your design and listening needs. Such as adding a table lamp to a room to bring light and sound, or mount the bookshelf speakers into IKEA furniture or on the wall. All SYMFONISK products will be controlled through the Sonos app along with any other Sonos products. You’ll also be able to use direct control options from select music partners, and AirPlay 2 from iOS devices. They’ll also receive Sonos software updates, some features are tied to specific hardware requirements and might not be available on SYMFONISK. Two of the same model SYMFONISK speakers can be used together as surround sound speakers for a Sonos home theater setup, or a pair can be used together for stereo playback in a room. Use the Sonos app for iOS to tune SYMFONISK speakers with Trueplay to customize the sound for your unique living space. The SYMFONISK WiFi table lamp comes in black and white and features a standard E12/E14 socket for the bulb, capable of supporting a smart bulb if you’d like to add one. It features an on/off switch on the side to control the light. The bookshelf and table lamp speaker will be available in Europe and North America in August 2019, sold exclusively by IKEA at stores and IKEA.com. The WiFi table lamp speaker will be available for €179 / $179 and the Wifi bookshelf speaker will be available for €99,95 / $99. Find out more and sign up to stay informed on our website.

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Sonos Welcomes the Google Assistant

Sonos 10.2 brings the Google Assistant to Sonos. Your Sonos One and Sonos Beam, once updated, will have the Google Assistant built-in, bringing a new voice to your home. With this update, you can now link your Google Assistant enabled devices to control Sonos hands free with the Google Assistant. Control your music, get answers to questions, manage everyday tasks, and more— simply by using your voice. Find out more about the Google Assistant with Sonos on our website here and on our blog, “12 Ways the Google Assistant Will Enhance Your Sonos Listening Experience”.. The Google Assistant is available on Sonos starting with the US only, with expanded availability this year. As of July 2nd, 2019, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom now have support for Google Assistant on Sonos. To get started, check out our setup pages for controlling Sonos with Google Home devices or adding the Google Assistant to a Beam or One. The directions are below as well. Once you’ve got it set up, try out some basic commands with “Hey Google…” or “Ok Google…” “Hey Google, play my morning news.” “Hey Google, play some music in the Living Room.” “Hey Google, turn it up.” The Google Assistant can control basic playback, such as skipping or pausing music on Sonos, and can start music from Deezer, Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music. With the Google Assistant on Sonos you can play music, find answers courtesy of Google Search, plan your day, set timers, and easily control smart devices around your home. You’ll also be able to use features specific to Google Assistant, like continued conversation, meaning you can ask the Google Assistant a series of questions without having to say “Hey Google” every time. We’ll continue to bring more actions and functionality to the experience over time through software updates. We have a pretty comprehensive list here of basic commands, but there are always more to discover. Setting Up Google AssistantEnhance your Sonos experience with the Google Assistant by adding it to the Sonos One and Beam or by linking your Google Home devices to Sonos. Adding the Google Assistant to Sonos One and BeamTo add the Google Assistant to the Sonos One or Beam, go into your Sonos App (on iOS or Android) and tap on More > Room Settings > Voice Services and you can select the Google Assistant to be added. Please note that you can only have one voice service added to a Sonos player at one time, however multiple voice services can be used on the same household if you have more than one compatible device. Set up Google Home to control SonosIf you don’t have any voice-enabled Sonos speakers in your system, you can still set up Google Assistant to control Sonos through a Google Home or other Google Assistant-enabled device. In the Sonos app for iOS or Android, tap the More tab at the bottom, then tap Voice Services. Choose Google Assistant from the list. This will take you to the Google Assistant app, where you’ll sign in to your Sonos account. Once you’ve connected your Sonos account, check to make sure you’ve added your music service accounts in the Google Assistant app by tapping your profile icon at the top right, then choosing Services > Music. You can also set your default service from this menu. To learn more about how you can control Sonos with Google Assistant, see our article, Sonos with Google Assistant. If you run into any trouble, there are some helpful tips and tricks here and on our community here to start with.

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Sonos Architectural Now Available

Available today, experience all around sound with Sonos Architectural by Sonance, a collection of installed wired speakers optimized for the new Sonos Amp. In-Ceiling and In-Wall are now available, bringing new and exciting options for customizing your home's sound. These speakers are the result of collaboration between Sonos and Sonance to make architectural sound smarter and more connected through software, providing a complete solution for professionally installed sound. When you pair Sonos Architectural speakers with Amp, you unlock all the benefits of the Sonos system: including Trueplay (for the In-Ceiling and In-Wall speakers), Apple AirPlay 2, multi-room playback, voice control with Alexa (and Google Assistant later this year), and more, all in a regularly updating and easy-to-use system that works with all your favorite streaming services. Sonos In-Wall by Sonance In-Wall speakers offer the benefits of flush mounting, low profile design and Trueplay when used with a Sonos Amp. Built to be placed into the wall, you can mount these on either side of a TV or other room feature, for focused listening, experience bold, immersive sound for TV and more. Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance Along with the In-Wall speakers, In-Ceiling speakers, bring flush mounting, low profile design, and Trueplay when used with a Sonos Amp. Enjoy crystal clear sound for comfortable ambient listening from anywhere in the room. Sonos Outdoor by Sonance Enjoy rich sound outside the home with installed wired speakers. These speakers are able to stand up to the elements while broadcasting great sound outdoors. Pair them with the Sonos Amp to unlock their full potential. Find out more and sign up for notifications here. In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available now in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, and will be available in the rest of the world in March. The Outdoor speaker model is coming soon worldwide.

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Introducing Sonos Amp

Available starting February 2019, Sonos Amp is the all-new, versatile amplifier to power all your entertainment and bring the sonic content you love to every room of your home. The Amp has been redesigned with more than twice the power of the original Connect:Amp, with more versatility, and will enable new experiences through the platform. Play your favorite streaming content on Sonos, connect to your TV through HDMI-ARC, or plug into any audio device, including a turntable to power your vinyl collection. Sonos Amp will fit in any home environment, whether as a compact and elegant solution for in-rack AV installations, wall mounted, tucked under furniture, or on display in a room. Details and Specs Physical Specs Amp comes in Matte black with black and silver banana plugs all in a standard rack fit size. The dimensions are 8.54 x 8.54 x 2.52 in. (217 mm (w) x 217 mm (d) x 64 mm (h)) and it weighs 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg). Custom banana plugs that accept 10 - 18 AWG speaker wire and the Class-D digital amplifier sends a maximum of 125W per channel at 8 Ohms. The subwoofer output is auto-detecting RCA with adjustable crossover (50 to 110Hz). Capable of using two line-in sources, analog RCA audio input, and HDMI-ARC inputs. Amp plays Dolby Digital 5.1 or PCM stereo sound over HDMI-ARC. Versatile Design Use Sonos Amp to power your installed speakers as a separate Sonos room, or bond it with a pair of Sonos Ones, Play:1s, Play:3s, or Play:5s to become a surround sound setup that you can use with your TV. You can also use Amp to add your speakers as rears to a Sonos home-theater setup (by wirelessly bonding an Amp with Beam, Playbar, or Playbase) or use two Sonos Amps (one for the front right and left channels, the other for the rear channels) for surround sound. The Sonos Amp drives left and right speakers, and it will create a phantom center channel when sent discrete audio for that channel. Sonos Amp has all the features of Sonos in a powerful package: Sonos supports over 100 services. Choose the ones you want and listen to music, podcasts, radio, and audiobooks. You can also play all the music stored on your computer or other devices. Sonos has built a software platform that enables hundreds of partners and gives our customers unparalleled freedom of choice. Amp features AirPlay 2, access to home automation partners, and voice control when wirelessly connected with Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled devices, including Sonos One and Beam. Use the Sonos app on your phone or tablet, your TV remote, keypads, AirPlay 2, or your voice with Amazon Echo and Alexa-enabled devices. New APIs and deeper integrations with our platform partners let you create seamless smart home control. Sonos is a system. Start with Amp and expand into more rooms with additional speakers through WiFi. Sonos regularly updates with new features, voice services, and API integrations, so your options are always up to date and improving. Availability General availability on February 5, 2019 for $599 USD (£599 GBP, €699 EUR). Early access for installed solutions professionals on December 1 in the United States and Canada. Sign up to be notified of availability on Sonos.com. For more details, check out our blog post on the Sonos Amp here.

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Sonos Beam Now Available - Setup and Useful information

Sonos Beam, the smart, compact soundbar for your TV is now available. Play music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games with rich, detailed sound that fills the entire room. We've collected some of the best resources for the Beam in this thread so that it'll help you find the answers you might be looking for. Find out more on our announcement post here. Setting up, Requirements, and Basics of Beam For full details on our setup, HDMI-ARC, how to control your TV with Alexa. and check out our page here. In short, Beam connects to your TV’s HDMI-ARC port. Most TVs have two to four HDMI ports, so make sure you're using the one labeled ARC, which stands for Audio Return Channel. This connection syncs audio and picture, plus automatically pairs your TV remote to Beam. If you’re unsure if your TV has the right connections, consult your TV manufacturer’s specs. If your TV is older than 5 years, or otherwise doesn't have an HDMI-ARC port, you can use the included optical audio adapter to connect Beam to the optical port on your TV. Note, Amazon Alexa TV voice commands will not work when connected via the optical adapter. Beam plays audio from PCM stereo and Dolby Digital sources. When using HDMI-ARC, Beam will automatically request Dolby Digital 5.1 from the device it's connected to, which should convert Dolby formats for the best sound. Wall mounting Beam You can easily and securely mount Sonos Beam using our custom designed wall mount. The wall mount comes in all white or black and is designed with 1 inch/2.5 cm of clearance from the wall to achieve the best acoustics. Sonos Beam also supports a range of certified third-party accessories that you can find on Sonos.com. How does Sonos Beam differ from Playbar and Playbase? Sonos Beam is the first Sonos speaker for home theater that supports voice control and AirPlay 2. It uses HDMI-ARC to connect to your television and supports CEC to work with your existing remote. Sonos Beam is a more compact speaker and can fit almost anywhere. Playbar and Playbase have more drivers, so they produce a louder sound with more width and bass. Beam is optimized for small to mid-sized rooms, whereas Playbar and Playbase are capable of filling large spaces. The Playbar does not support AirPlay 2. Sonos Beam with Alexa Sonos Beam has Alexa built-in. Beam listens for commands to start music and content with Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Audible; commands to control music from other services started with the Sonos app, plus requests for popular Alexa features like “What’s my Flash Briefing?” or “What’s the weather?” or “Play Song Quiz.” Sonos Beam can also control devices through Alexa skills. In addition, Sonos has certified partnerships with smart home systems like Wink and Lutron. Based on your setup, commands to control various smart devices throughout your home will work. Possibilities include “Set temperature to 68,” and “Turn Living Room lights on.” Controlling your TV and home with Alexa and Beam For compatible TV’s, Sonos Beam introduces commands specific to TV use, including “Turn on the TV” and “Turn off the TV”. Sonos Beam also takes commands such as “Turn it up” and “Mute” and applies them to the TV volume. Sonos Beam must be connected to your TV’s HDMI-ARC input and your TV has to support these CEC features. You can check which CEC features your TV supports with the manufacturer. Amazon Alexa voice control for your TV will not work if Sonos Beam is connected via the optical adapter. Where available, you can use Sonos Beam with Alexa-enabled video streaming devices such as Fire TV. Once linked, you can control those services with Sonos Beam by saying “Play Catastrophe,” “Switch to ESPN,” or “Tune to channel 500”. If you’ve logged into Netflix or added HBO shows on your Fire TV, you’ll be able to play shows by name, e.g. “Play Stranger Things” or “Play Game of Thrones”. For steps to set up the Amazon Fire TV with Sonos, check out the article here. If you're playing music and you need Beam to start playing the TV input, just ask "Alexa, switch to TV," and the source will change on the Beam. TV requirements, recommendations for Sonos Beam? Sonos Beam was designed primarily to be used with televisions via HDMI-ARC but will also connect with TVs that do not support HDMI-ARC by using an included optical adapter. For the best overall experience with Sonos Beam, we recommend pairing with a TV that supports HDMI-ARC and has full CEC capabilities. We don't have any official recommendations but feel free to make your own. See our article here on television compatibility for Sonos home theater speakers. If you're seeing a message about receiving unsupported audio on your home theater speaker, this thread is a great starting point. Using Beam with your television remote Beam has an IR receiver to pick up commands directly from remotes. When connected with HDMI-ARC supporting CEC, Sonos Beam automatically connects with your existing remotes - TV, cable box, and universal remotes - by sending and receiving commands over HDMI. If you're using the optical adapter to connect Sonos Beam to your television, you may need to program your remote to work with Sonos Beam.

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Sonos version 8.1 Brings Support for Sonos One

Sonos version 8.1, the supporting software for the all-new Sonos One, the smart speaker for music lovers, is now available. Sonos One will be available in stores on the 24th, and brings Amazon Alexa to Sonos, now with great sound and for hands-free control of your music and more. You can connect Sonos One with Amazon Alexa easily over Wi-Fi. Just setup the speaker, select the Sonos skill in the Amazon Alexa app. For full steps, take a look here. Once that’s done, you’ll be all set to play music, get news and answers, manage your smart devices and enjoy the wide selection of Alexa skills using your Sonos One. Sonos and Amazon Alexa are constantly working and updating the integration with new features, services and skills, your music and voice options will keep getting better over time. Voice control for Sonos with Amazon Alexa is currently supported in the US, UK and Germany. The Sonos One is future ready for voice control in other countries when Sonos and a voice service launch together locally. Learn more http://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/one.html Minimum OS requirements: Android 4.3 or later iOS 9 or later macOS 10 or later Windows7 or later Partially Supported Controllers Sonos apps on these older operating systems are not fully supported. Android 4.0/4.1/4.2 iOS 8 MacOS 10.9(Mavericks) After Updating to 8.1, you can still browse, search and play music on your Sonos system. But you won’t be able to use these older systems for less common tasks like adding new speakers, modifying your music services, or setting up a brand new Sonos system. You can use a device that meets the minimum OS requirements for these settings. Also, please note that the Sonos CONTROL/CR200 does not update to 8.1, but can still browse, search, and play music on your Sonos system.

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Now Available, the New Sonos App

Sonos version 8.0 is introducing a brand new controller for iOS and Android. The new Sonos app makes it even easier to navigate, access, and control your music throughout your home. This new app comes side by side with voice control through Alexa devices, more about that here. Check out our blog for the Remastered Sonos App. Full details on the new apps can be found here on their respective product guide pages. Let’s take a look at the new app: Introducing Navigation with Tabs: The Sonos app now has five tabs visible at the bottom when not in the full playing screen. The tabs are My Sonos, Browse, Rooms, Search, and More. See here: Now your most used options are available with just one click, and Now Playing is always just one tap away. My Sonos We’ve consolidated all your personally curated Sonos Playlists, music service playlists, and Sonos Favorites into one, easy to use page on the Sonos app. You can edit fields to move around the order, or delete them entirely. You can now have up to 40 favorites total, up from 32. Browse Browsing your music is even easier as it no longer hides your other options. You can browse and move to different rooms all while keeping your place in the browsing menu. There’s also a dock on the bottom of the app that gives you easy access to the navigation tabs. You can swipe it up to reveal it at any time, then back down. We’ve separated browsing your music and the menu for Settings, so it’s even easier to find what you’re looking for. Rooms The menu starts highlighted on the active room, featured right on the app so that it’s even easier to see what’s playing in each room. There’s now an icon on that screen to show you where the music is coming from too. That includes if it was started by Alexa. The active room has a Group button to have it add others to the party. Search It hasn’t changed, just moved to an easy to find spot. More... All the settings and options are in here. You can add services, make alarms, get some help, and access all your settings. We think this will make it a lot easier to find what you’re looking for. And speaking of settings… Explicit Language Filtering Within Settings > Parental Controls, you can set a system-wide setting to filter songs with explicit content. Right now, this is working for Apple Music, and we’re hoping to add it for more services soon. Once the setting is on, Apple Music songs with the explicit tag will no longer play on your system. Long Press to Group Making it even easier to play music. With 8.0, you can press and hold the Play/Pause button (or mute on older players) to have your player join the most recently active player as a group. First, you have to start playing music on a player, (it can be from an alarm or any other source), and then just hold the button for a few seconds on another player. That second player will join the first one’s group and start playing the same music in sync. There's another function of the long press, and that's being able to move recently stopped music to another room. First, stop playing music in any of your rooms. Then, press and hold the play/pause on another player for a few seconds. (Make sure that you don't start playing music anywhere else.) The queue or source will move to the unit you held the button for and start playing. The players won't group together and any existing queue will get whiped out in place of the new one. iOS 11 and Android O Support Lastly, version 8.0 has support for the latest operating systems from Android and iOS. This includes iOS 11 support for Trueplay on Sonos. Trueplay isn’t available on Android at this time.

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Introducing the New Sonos One

Available on October 24th, Sonos One is the smart speaker for music lovers. It’s everything you expect from a Sonos speaker, and now with built-in Alexa and microphones, you can control your entire Sonos system with your voice. With seamless control, you can start music with your voice, add songs to your playlist from the Sonos app, and even start playing music from the Spotify app in a different room. Amazon Alexa comes built into the Sonos One, and we’re working hard to include more voice assistants in the future. First up will be Google Assistant. Sonos One delivers rich, room-filling sound in a compact size. Two Sonos One players can be stereo paired, or become rear surround speakers in a 5.1 set-up. They’ll also be able to control the music on PLAYBASE or PLAYBAR while being set up as surrounds in the home cinema. Some more details on Sonos One: We use echo cancellation technology, created by the same engineering team that worked on Trueplay, which allows the speaker to still hear you over the music – even if it’s cranked up to 11. The volume will intelligently lower, or “duck” when you speak to it so you don’t feel like you have to shout over the music. The speaker includes a six-mic array that forms a beam and focuses on the person speaking to help make sure Alexa understands everything clearly. Since this is a Sonos speaker, you can use TruePlay on an iOS device to easily tune Sonos One to sound great no matter where you place it in your home. Capacitive touch controls on top, like Play:5 gen2 and the PLAYBASE, that you can tap and swipe. There's also a Mic button that can be tapped, to easily enable and disable the microphones. Features a Join button and an Ethernet port on the back of the player. Security and Microphones Your security and data are very important to us, as we said in our blog here. With Sonos One we are keeping to that. Sonos One is designed with extra security: An illuminated LED indicator light ensures you always know when your speaker’s microphones are active, or turned off. You can tap on the microphone symbol to enable or disable the microphones, the light is always tied to the microphone’s status. For security and privacy reasons, it’s impossible to disable the LED when the microphones are turned on. Pre-order today on Sonos.com in stunning all black or all white for $199 US (€229 EUR, $299 AUD, $269 CAD, ¥1,680 RMB, 1,699 DKK, 1,999 NOK, 1,999 SEK, $4,999 MEX), available worldwide starting October 24. Sonos One is voice-ready in the US, UK, and Germany. It’s everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker to start with, and future-ready for when Sonos and a voice service launch together in your region if you’re located somewhere else. While you wait, check out our community thread here to get yourself ready for the new Sonos One. Already have Alexa devices in your home? Check out our thread here.

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