July 16, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
Multiroom audio manufacturer Sonos is all about having you sling as much music around your house as possible.
The company emphasized that aspect when colleague Bob Archer and I visited on Thursday. Regarding the present and future, senior product manager Craig Wisneski noted, “We’re always looking to give people more ways to control our system, more ways to play your music around the house and more ways to add sources.”
Along with getting to fiddle around with Sonos’ upcoming iPad app release to make the Apple product a control device, Wisneski showed us the latest source people can stream from their Sonos systems—Wolfgang’s Vault.
I’ve long touted the Bill Graham-driven Vault as a phenomenal place to stream great-sounding concert recordings (you can also download some free ones or purchase some). We recently saw that content aggregator Boxee also made it simple to tear open the Vault and start exploring, too, and you can also get it from your Apple portables.
Wolfgang’s Vault adds concerts all the time, and is now up to more than 3,500, with plenty of big names in rock and even some jazz legends like Miles Davis covered.
Using Sonos’ iPad app during our visit, we saw how incredibly easy it was to navigate all the choices—basically just as another source in the Sonos system. That means you can use its nifty iPhone/iTouch-like finger scrolling through the alphabetical listings, or tap on a letter to go straight to the artists that begin with it; plus you can browse by artist, genre and catalog or search by artists, concerts and tracks.
Sonos is giving new and existing owners a free 30-day trial of Wolfgang’s Vault, and then it’ll run $48 a year to stream—not bad at $4 a month for all the official bootleg recordings your ears can handle.
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