October 28, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Wireless music is pretty convenient for your home. Controlling it with an iPhone is really convenient. And channel surfing through 15,000 radio stations, creating your own radio playlists or accessing tunes on your home network—well, what could be a more convenient way to listen to and discover new music?
Yep, we’re fond of Sonos because it’s all about marrying music and convenience, and the company had two announcements today that enhance both for your wireless multiroom system.
For one, they’re hopping on the iPhone/iPod touch bandwagon and letting you use those uber devices as remote controllers for the Sonos system. We saw this a lot at the CEDIA Expo back in September, with many companies, especially in the home control realm, creating apps that let you turn Apple’s goods into controllers, plus we found 10 more cool iPhone apps, in case you missed it.
Sonos is giving away the iPhone Controller app as a free download at the iPhone App Store, and you can check out a video demo at www.sonos.com/iphone. It’ll allow you to searching for artists and songs by tapping text on the touchscreen, easily browse your collection and perform functions such as play, pause, skip and volume for a single room or all rooms that include the Sonos system.
Sonos is also adding a whole lot more music access with its new System Software 2.7 release. The update includes instant access to Sonos Radio, which uses RadioTime to connect you to more than 15,000 free Internet radio stations from the U.S. and around the world.
You can also stream freely from Last.fm and Pandora, and the Software 2.7 release also bumps up the quality of music you can stream with a subscription to Rhapsody—which has increased its bitrate from 128 kbps WMA to 192 kbps MP3.
Of course, you can also access the music most familiar to you—your own collection that’s stored on a NAS or networked PC.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.