One of the most popular home audio systems on the market today, Sonos, will be widely available to consumers online at apple.com and at physical Apple Stores starting October 5. The first Sonos products to be sold will be the company’s two most popular speakers: the PLAY:1 and PLAY:5. Even better, and some of the stores you’ll be able to experience hands-on demonstrations of Sonos and Apple Misc working together.
“Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home,” says Patrick Spence, president of Sonos. “Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we’re proud to bring directly to Apple fans at Apple stores worldwide.”
One of the coolest features you might get to try is controlling a Sonos system with simple voice commands. Sonos recently integrated the Alexa technology into its system, enabling users of Amazon Echo or Echo Dot to use voice commands to play, pause, skip, control volume and more.
The demos at the Apple Stores will be controlled via a Sonos app on an iPad Pro, further solidifying the strength of the Apple-Sonos collaboration. The collaboration is a natural extension of two company’s already established relationship with a Feb. 10 announcement that Apple Music would be available on Sonos systems, and be able to stream that music through Sonos smart speakers positioned throughout the house.
As part of the recent deal between Apple and Sonos, anyone who buys a Sonos system at Apple retail stores or at Apple.com between now and December 31 will receive a free three-month Apple Music Gift Card.