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Sonos Launches Controller For iPhone


Sonos Launches Controller For iPhone

When Riyad looked at the Sonos BU150 both Riyad and myself couldn't help but wonder why there wasn't an iPhone app available yet - it seemed such an obvious fit. Today we're feeling pretty pleased because that's exactly what Sonos is launching, alongside a firmware update for its players.

It may have taken Sonos a while to get its iPhone controller out, but the wait has definitely been worth it. The Sonos controller for iPhone app enables any iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a fully fledged Sonos controller. The only major functionality it lacks (which I'm told will come in the next version) is the ability to set up a Sonos configuration form scratch - currently initial setup still requires a PC.

Other than that, though, it's fully possible to browse NAS music libraries, stream music from internet radio or Napster. Zones can be managed individually or merged together as per the Cr100 controller or desktop software. Basically, if you think you should be able to do something with your Sonos system via the iPhone app, you probably can. And it looks brilliant to boot.

In fact, in some ways Sonos is cutting away at its own market a little as a £169 iPod touch with the Sonos controller for iPhone is not only amost £100 cheaper than Sonos' own controller, but does as good a job (with a few caveats as mentioned) and, if you ask me, is slicker too.

As well as the new controller application, Sonos is also rolling out an update for its players, adding Last.FM streaming as well as some 11,000 new Internet radio stations.

Best of all there's no charge for either of these new additions - way to go Sonos!


Sonos iPhone demo.

Technology changes, and so sho

October 28, 2008, 4:41 pm

This is, indeed, very worthwhile. It nearly justifies my buying an iPod Touch.

I wonder if they'll release similar software for Android.

It'd be good to see it on BlackBerry's upcoming Storm (except that has no Wi-Fi according to my research - which had me quoting Blackadder, 'I think the phrase rhymes with "Clucking Bell"').


October 28, 2008, 7:05 pm

App of the Month Award!! Followed by TV Plus!

Stuart 5

October 28, 2008, 7:55 pm

For over a year now I've been using an N95 8Gb, Salling Clicker, iTunes and two Airport Expresses for a totally immersive synchronised music solution. &#163100 all-in the lot and remote controlled music in three rooms. Add my son's laptop into the mix and we can have different music streaming into different rooms too.

I'm not criticising the Sonos solution, but just pointing out that there is always more than one way to skin a cat!


Mark Booth

October 28, 2008, 10:17 pm

What an inspired move. People have been crying out for a touch sensitive Sonos controller since it was released and this saves them the effort and (after the first software update) will even mean the initial setup on a PC is not required. I seriously wonder if Sonos have done a deal with Apple as there will be absolutely no reason to buy their controller when you can get an iPhone/iPod Touch for less.

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