I rarely post about stuff that I buy–mostly because it’s music gear that 99% of the people reading this blog wouldn’t care about even if they understood what it does (Yes, I’m talking about you, Neko).
But I just got something that I can’t stop talking about, for two reasons: 1.) because I’m appalled that I didn’t have the sense to try it out sooner, and 2.) it’s literally changing the way I listen to and find new music.
Friends have been telling me to try out SONOS for months, and I kept putting it off. I remember Joe Hahn saying something like, “you really need to try this. It puts your entire music library, plus all kinds of online stations and stuff in any room you want, and it’s really easy.” Someone else knew I love Pandora, and told me, “If you use Pandora, you have to get SONOS, because they work really well together.”
The Sonos website calls the product “a wireless multi-room music system unlike any other. One that sets up instantly and expands effortlessly.” There are basically two types of player units they offer: one that plugs into your existing stereo, and one that is independent (it has speakers).
Add a little internet connection, and each of these little guys allows you the option to listen to: iTunes library, Pandora, IHeartMusic, Sirius, Last.FM, Spotify, Napster, Rdio, a bunch of other music services, and what seems to be any radio station–terrestrial or internet–from anywhere in the world. Flip between alternative stations in Australia and France, dance stations in the UK, and local music from the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands; listen to your iTunes playlists; search music on Spotify. All your playlists, favorites, stations, songs, and virtually every bit of information is available and editable when you turn it on.
If you look at the units, you’ll notice that there aren’t really any buttons. They sell a Sonos remote…but, after a quick download from the App Store, you can use your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or iPod Touch for FREE. I love this part. I can be anywhere in the house, and I don’t need to go over to the unit or my computer to change the song–I just pull out my phone. That part is just as easy as Apple’s “remote” in a sense (which I was using before)…but “remote” only controls iTunes; Sonos allows you to access a lot more.
Each of the players run from $350-$500 new. The app for your phone is free, as is an app for your desktop or laptop computer. There are a few other optional devices that enhance the experience. All of it can be found at http://sonos.com/