The Sonos Experience
The Sonos app is well-designed and works on a variety of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS. Controlling all of the speakers or zones, grouping them in any combination, adjusting the volume of each individual speaker (even if they’re grouped), searching for music, creating playlists, marking your favorites and more are all possible through the app. The speakers themselves have extremely minimal controls, usually consisting solely of a volume knob and a play/pause button. The rest is taken care of by the app. It also makes the process of setting up and configuring a system incredibly simple, regardless of how technically savvy you are.
It goes without saying that having access to playing music is the most vital element of a multiroom wireless speaker system, and the Sonos system continues to be the industry leader in this area. Currently, it supports more than 130 streaming services, albeit not all of them are available in every country; many other systems support only a half-dozen or fewer streaming services. Amazon, Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and even Apple TV—as well as social media platforms such as Bandcamp, Mixcloud, and SoundCloud—are all included and accounted for in this section. In addition, you’ll discover additional specialized providers such as Concert Vault, Murfie, 7digital, Tidal, and Qobuz on the list. Users of iOS devices can also listen to podcasts and playback music from their local music library (with some restrictions for iOS users). After releasing its own Radio app, which incorporates the main functionality of TuneIn and iHeartRadio, Sonos now has access to more than 60,000 radio stations from across the world, as part of its S2 operating system upgrade. You may stream music from any source, and the chances are strong that Sonos will recognize and work with it.
Finding what you want to listen to is especially vital in this day and age when there are so many music services to choose from. Sonos provides direct access to all of the supported streaming services using a single app for your computer or smartphone, whereas many other systems need you to download and utilize a separate software for each streaming service. Sonos’s unified service approach allows you to search across all of the services you subscribe to, making it simple to find the music you want to listen to on your phone or computer.
In recognition of the fact that some consumers prefer to utilize native streaming service apps, such as those for Spotify and Apple Music, Sonos is beginning to make its speakers compatible with these services as of now. You can stream music straight to a Sonos speaker using the Spotify app or Apple Music, exactly like you would with a Spotify Connect speaker or an Apple HomePod, respectively. Sonos has stated that this compatibility will be available for more services in the future but has not offered a date or specific services to which it will be available.