What is Sonos?
Sonos is one of the oldest multiroom audio systems on the market and also one of the most successful. Since the way we consume digital music has changed from playing ripped CDs to streaming services and beyond, the audio system has also adapted and grown.
Sonos began as a way to play MP3s on your existing speakers and it’s grown to support streaming music services on a range of tabletop speakers, amplifiers, sound bars and subwoofers. Controlling the system began with a desktop app and the CR100 handheld controller, then it grew to mobile apps and now to voice assistants. Sonos now offers three speakers which include either Google Assistant or Alexa onboard (One, Beam, and Arc).
The Sonos app
Until voice control completely replaces it, the Sonos app is still where you control most of the setup and playback of your audio. The app’s focus has changed over the years, led by streaming and now voice. But it’s now moved away from the services to concentrate on the speakers themselves. The app still has one of the best universal searches, and it’s easy to set up your speakers too.
The app is available for the following devices:
- Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
- Android phones and tablets
- Apple laptops and desktops
- Windows laptops and desktops
- Amazon Fire tablets
As well as the Sonos app, you’ll also be able to serve to the audio speakers directly from your favorite apps using Play To Sonos. These include: Google Play Music (on devices with Sonos app installed), Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music and Tidal’s streaming music service. The system also supports streaming from iOS and compatible software using Apple AirPlay 2.