Sonos to Stop Selling Stand-Alone Controller

Sonos says that it will dump the hardware by summer, in favor of app-based control.

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If you’re a fan of the Sonos CR200 Wireless Controller, you’d better stock up. The company plans to kill off the controller starting June 1, 2012.

According to The Verge, Sonos is dumping the hardware for its multiroom audio system, in favor of software-based control methods. This includes the free iOS and Android apps, as well as software for the PC and Mac.

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“We knew from the early days of the iPhone explosion that controlling our system from the device that people were carrying around in their pockets is what we wanted,” says John MacFarlane, the company’s founder and CEO.

The first free Sonos Controller app was launched for the iPhone in 2008. If you plan to snag one of the last $349 Controller units, Sonos says it will honor the warranty for two years from the date of registration and continue to offer software updates “for the foreseeable future.”

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