Tag - ZonePlayer
Sonos on Tuesday rolled out two major supported updates at once. Audio devices like the ZonePlayer S5 can now pipe audio through AirPlay using an indirect route. Wiring up an AirPort Express to a Sonos device through Ethernet and the line-in jack will let any AirPlay audio go through a ZonePlayer as though it were another source on the network.
After more than a year of iOS-only apps, Sonos today said it was on the verge of launching Sonos Controller for Android. The title gives the same features as the long-serving iPhone app but adds voice search to find a track through Voice Actions. Many phones can also directly map controls to hardware, allowing the search and volume buttons on the phone to fill in.
Last.fm on Monday said it was switching to a pay-only model for its Internet radio on Android and iPhone devices on February 15. The strategy will drop the free, ad-supported service and will instead require $3 per month in the US to get the stream on a mobile device, albeit ad-free. Media hubs such as the Logitech Squeezebox and Sonos ZonePlayer line, will also need a subscription, either immediately or by mid-summer.
Sonos today pushed out an update to its audio devices to add Rdio support. The expansion gives them access to on-demand streaming for songs, playlists and whole albums. Social playlists from friends, popular Rdio users and the servce's charts will also pipe through the multi-room audio system.
Sonos, maker of wireless home audio systems such as the ZonePlayer S5 and iPod docks, may be looking into developing a home theater system. Indication of this comes from a job posting on Sonos' website that seeks to fill the Senior Product Manager, Home Theater Sound position. Little in terms of specifics can be gleaned from the posting, but Sonos is looking for "a successful, experienced home entertainment product leader to help us re-invent home theater sound for the digital age."
Sonos' ZonePlayers got extended functionality today with new built-in support for Wolfgang's Vault. The addition gives subscribers access to about 3,500 recorded rock concerts and supports much of the deeper access. Listeners can search by usual criteria such as the artist and show but also drill down to find individual songs.
Sonos today gave a preview of the Sonos Controller for iPad. The large-sized version shares much of the structure of the original iPhone app but takes advantage of the extra screen area to show more information at once. Regardless of how it's tilted, the iPad will show both the navigation menu as well as the currently playing track and a set of dedicated playback controls.
Sonos today refreshed the ZonePlayer S5 to add a black color. The new model adds to the existing white and mostly helps for those whose home theater systems or living rooms wouldn't match the original. Functionally, the system is the same as before and includes both an Ethernet connection and an internal Sonos wireless receiver with a high-powered 2.1-channel speaker system.
As promised, Sonos this evening posted the 3.2 software. The update's highlight is a unique pairing that mates two ZonePlayer S5s to form the left and right stereo channels. Both stay in sync and provide much more powerful sound for large rooms or simply those who want the added impact.
Sonos has released an update to its Controller app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Version 3.1 adds the ability to send Twitter updates with information regarding the current track. The interface has been refined, with new icons and logos on the Music Menu and a simplified layout. Users are also able to control the company's latest ZonePlayer S5 all-in-one device.