updated 12:40 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2006
Sonos adds Apple lossless
Sonos today released its third software feature update, , is a digital music system that allows users to play digital music in any room of the house, and control it from a wireless remote. The software update includes German language support, queue/playlist management, and fixed line-out support for home theater integration. Sonos software Version 1.3 also offers support for Audible.com, an internet-based provider of spoken audio content, as well as Apple's Lossless codec and detailed track information. All Audible.com .AA (format 4) file programs are accessible via the Sonos controller, and can be played in up to 32 rooms. Sonos does not currently support audio content downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
The Sonos Digital Music System supports WMA, AAC (MPEG4), MP3, WAV, FLAC (lossless), AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA internet streaming, as well as the Rhapsody online music service (version 3.1).
The update also adds support for a Hidden Zone Mode and Sonosnet Extension, allowing any ZonePlayer to be used to extend the range of the Sonos wireless network.
The update offers wireless security--Sonosnet--with 128bit AES encryption, and tracks can be moved in the queue via the Sonos controller or Sonos desktop controller. Sonos playlists now detect when a file has moved, and The Sonos desktop controller setup for Microsoft Windows now handles iTunes playlists if the music is stored in a location outside of the "My Music" folder.