If you've got Sonos's excellent wireless speakers set up around your house, chances are you stream your music to them with your smartphone. Chances are, too, that music comes straight from the 'net — and probably from your Spotify subscription. If all these things are true, then Sonos' most recent update will make you happy: you can now throw music to your Sonos setup without leaving the Spotify app.
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If you're listening to music from your phone while you're out in the car, or while you're commuting home on the train or bus, it makes sense that you should share it with everyone in your house once you get there. With that as our criteria, we've built a short list of five of our favourite Android apps that take streaming music, radio and audio out from your earphones and pipe it into the real world through your house's wireless speakers and your TV.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. This week, JB has an Instant Deal flat $50 off any Sonos standalone wireless speaker in stock.
We've spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room and even outside to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you'll need to provide your own speakers.
Beta software lets you test out the newest features while app developers work out the final bugs in the software. Now, more app developers are offering beta programs than ever before. All you need to do is sign up to be part of the beta program. Plus, switching back to the stable version is usually easy. (Please note: beta programs can cause problems in your devices, so please proceed with caution). Here are 11 beta programs you can join today — and one you can't.
Two very different Sydney households have been part of a global experiment, coupled with a 41 question survey of 4,000 Australians — and 30,000 people worldwide — looking at how music in the home positively affects the way people spend time with each other. Sonos and Apple Music are behind the experiment, dubbed Music Makes it Home, which showed some interesting results.
Just as promised, Sonos has finally joined the list of apps that play nice with Apple Music — provided you're willing to risk the beta version, that is.
In two weeks, you'll be able to listen to Apple Music on Sonos's great wireless music system. Both companies have teamed up for a public beta starting December 15. The full rollout will happen in early 2016.
Your smartphone or tablet is a gateway to tens of millions of music tracks, of audio playlists and podcasts and internet radio stations. The only problem is that your smartphone's speaker is not great — and that's where wireless sound systems come into their own. And sure, you can hook up a Bluetooth speaker for a temporary high, but if you're listening at home then you can do a lot, lot better. Sonos's new Play:5 speaker is about the size of a regular bookshelf speaker — the kind that you'd have paired up next to your TV, for a small home theatre setup — but it packs so much more power.
We really, really like the Sonos Play:5 — it's incredibly easy to set up and use, and gives you smartphone- or tablet-friendly access to dozens of different streaming music and internet radio services. And now it's even better, optimised for stereo listening and with a wider soundrange, clearer treble and more powerful bass. And that's not the only announcement; Sonos has a new top-of-the-line wireless speaker to show off, but some fancy new software tricks that can make it sound even better.
Sonos has been the king of multi-room audio for a decade, but Samsung is making quick inroads with its own multi-speaker range. LG wants a piece of that pie too, and has four new multi-room audio speakers, and a wireless receiver to tie it all together, out in a few days.
Completely wireless music in your house is the future, and Sonos did it right first. We've been fond of the company for years, because the system is painless to setup, easy to use and reliable (not to mention the sound). Today, Sonos gets even simpler by killing the final wire between you and your music.
Samsung is not nervous about dipping its toes into new waters. It pioneered the smart camera and the kid's tablet; when it as a company sees an opportunity for a bit of market share, it takes it. This, I think, is the story behind Samsung's new M5 and M7 Wi-Fi speakers, which you can install in seconds and control via your smartphone.