The multizone audio solution from Sonos is pretty slick as is. But the company seems to have a thing for making its products—namely the controller to operate its products—as intuitive and easy to use as Apple’s devices.
The last time it updated its touchscreen controller, the result featured aspects Apple users would find familiar; and this was on the heels of a successful iPhone/iTouch app that people can also use as a controller of the Sonos system.
So it was only a matter of time before the company worked its multiroom audio magic into Apple’s new iPad device, and that time appears to be late August. That’s when the Sonos Controller for iPad is slated to become available, as a free download from the iTunes App Store.
A first look at the iPad app (see video below) shows that Sonos has made good use of the extra real estate on the Apple touchscreen, and you can use it holding the device horizontally or vertically.
The multi-plane view gives you about all the information you’ll need to have at your fingertips for operating your Sonos system: you have a music menu from which to choose sources (and this is Sonos, so there are lots of ‘em); a zone menu so you can see what’s playing in every room in your house; Now Playing and Queue views, so you know what’s on and what’s in the queue to be played next; a search bar and play/forward/back buttons; and color album art, track, artist and album info.
With the touch functionality of the iPad, you can simply type on the virtual keypad to browse and navigate your library, and point and flick through the albums; when you want to queue up something, it’s as easy as drag-and-drop.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.
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