Apple Music on Sonos Officially Launching Tomorrow

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sonos today announced that Apple Music will be officially available on Sonos wireless speakers starting tomorrow, ending a two month beta testing period. Sonos customers across the world will be able to stream Apple Music content and directly access Apple Music features including For You, Radio, and My Music.

    Over the course of the beta test, which started on December 15, Apple Music on the Sonos platform was tested by hundreds of thousands of listeners. Apple's Eddy Cue commented on the beta test, calling it "great" and an "amazing listening experience."

    Beginning Wednesday, February 10, streaming Apple Music on Sonos speakers can be done by selecting "Add Music Services" from a Sonos controller app, choosing the Apple Music icon, and logging into the service. An Apple Music subscription or free trial is required.

    Apple Music on Sonos has been highly anticipated as it was noticeably absent from the system when Apple Music first launched on June 30. Sonos previously supported the direct streaming of Beats Music and promised to implement Apple Music support before the end of 2015.

    Ahead of the announcement of official Apple Music support, Sonos conducted a study on the positive effects of music listening in the home using an Apple Music subscription paired with a Sonos sound system. The study found that families who regularly listened to music in the home spent 67 percent more time together and ate together more often, among other positive effects.

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  2. anzio macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2010
    Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
    It really does work quite well. I haven't used it for a few weeks, but when I did... it worked well.

    The only issue was that the organization differed from the organization of the Apple Music app, but I'm sure that's been worked out by now.
  3. jacobh101 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2014
    Boston, MA
    it has worked flawlessly for me since the beta program was released.
  4. oldmacs macrumors 68040

    Sep 14, 2010
    Yet Apple can't be bothered to put it on the 3rd gen Apple TV.
  5. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012

    No time ... all hands on deck, working on new watch bands.
  6. ericv macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2015
    I wonder when they will open this up to other platforms like Heos.
  7. bdkennedy1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    I don't understand why you wouldn't just connect by Bluetooth with iPHone and launch the Apple Music app.
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    npmacuser5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Hopefully Apple maybe starting to see the light, more and in most cases better delivery devices the better.
  9. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Will it frack out like it does on its own devices?
  10. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    For a 'beta' program; Sonos has worked quite well since it was launched.
  11. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Three words: Correlation Versus Causation. I find it highly unlikely that listening to Apple music makes you spend more time together. So yes, people who listen on Sonos spend more time together but it is not a "positive effect" of doing so.
  12. ericv macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2015
    I don't think Sonos supports bluetooth. Wifi has better audio quality. I'm not someone who can normally tell the difference between $100 and $1000 speakers but I can tell the difference between bluetooth and wifi. Anyways I don't have Sonos, I use Heos which works in a similar way (does support bluetooth if you plug in a $5 adapter, got two, never use them). I stick to spotify connect.
  13. keastone macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Beta has been solid for me. I hope the update tomorrow brings more features like "Love" a song and adding the music to your library.
  14. Junipr macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    "YESSS!! I've been waiting for this" - No one
  15. ncbetz macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2016
    Texas, USA
  16. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Sonos have their own propriety system; it doesn't use Bluetooth, or anything like Airplay.

    Bluetooth aptX is as good as any high bandwidth wifi streaming. Apple seem to be one of the only ones stuck using outdated Bluetooth in their devices, unfortunately.
  17. ericv macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2015
    Oh wait, how does this work. I haven't even looked because I don't have Sonos. I just figured it worked like Spotify Connect and Heos where you can use the actual Spotify app to control the speaker and the speaker is actually connected to the Spotify server, not streaming from the phone.
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    Yea, I am hoping that if the rumors about the no headphone jack are true apple will finally support aptX.
  18. keastone macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    You use the Sonos app to control the speakers or "Rooms" that you set up. The app includes a bunch of different music services so you don't need to switch to each one if you hop between them. Soundcloud, TuneIn, Apple Music all in one app and stays synced from whatever device you access it from. I tend to control from my iMac and iPhone.
  19. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    Nice. I need to pick up some sonos speakers to use in my store
  20. CostaMoses macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2014
    So does this only work for the apple music subscription service, or will this work for music I've purchased on iTunes on my computer and iPhone?
  21. ericv macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2015
    I got it. I think I prefer the per app model versus the all in one which is why I didn't get the Sonos before. I just figured Apple wouldn't let them do it the other way...
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    It already worked with music on your phone. The issue Sonos had was that Apple Music music wasn't on your phone, it was in the cloud.
  22. RandyK92010 macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2016
    Amazing sound from these speakers. Cant wait to try it out!
  23. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I don't have a Sonos (I use an Airport Express with speakers), so wondering what this means.

    Could you not previously stream via Bluetooth or WiFi? How is compatibility app specific?
  24. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I like Apple's clever promotions... You must tell customers a service is great even though they know there are problems...

    We'll see people all start buying Sonos now if they haven't already.
  25. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Even if that could work, not every buyer is single living alone. iPhones are highly mobile devices. If we rely on them for something like this or as THE remote for :apple:TV or as THE game controller or as THE __________ and the iPhone owner takes it out with them- as they are inclined to do probably every single day- those left behind could NOT listen to music or watch :apple:TV or play the game or run the _________. Companies make products to work for situations other than "single living alone" and they also don't assume that every single person has an iPhone. And that's good... because there's an awful lot of families and other non-single cohabitants that appreciate stuff that can "just work" without dependency on very mobile devices that often are NOT at home.

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