Sonos Adds AirPlay 2 Support to Latest Speakers, Enabling Siri Control and Multi-Room Audio

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sonos today announced that its One, Beam, Playbase, and second-generation Play:5 speakers now support AirPlay 2, as promised.


    This marks the first time Sonos speakers have supported AirPlay in general, enabling users to easily stream audio from iTunes on Mac, and virtually any app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, including Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix, to compatible Sonos speakers over Wi-Fi.

    AirPlay allows for Siri control of Apple Music or Podcasts playback on compatible Sonos speakers via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, HomePod, and Apple TV. For example, one could say "Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio in the bedroom," after the speaker is named and assigned to a room in Apple's Home app on iOS.

    AirPlay 2 in particular enables multi-room audio playback for Sonos speakers paired with other Sonos speakers, HomePod, or Apple TVs. Sonos speakers appear in the AirPlay Picker within apps and Control Center on iOS devices.

    Sonos said its older speakers do not support AirPlay 2 on their own due to processor limitations, but in the Sonos app, they can be paired with any of the aforementioned speakers to enable support for Apple's new protocol. An older Playbar paired with a Playbase, for example, works with AirPlay 2.

    Sonos initially held out on adding AirPlay compatibility to its speakers in part due to minor latency issues addressed by AirPlay 2.

    Apple first enabled AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, released in late May. Sonos is the first third-party speaker maker to support the protocol, to be followed by Beoplay, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Naim, and others.

    AirPlay 2 support is available through a free software update via the Sonos Controller companion app on the App Store.

    Article Link: Sonos Adds AirPlay 2 Support to Latest Speakers, Enabling Siri Control and Multi-Room Audio
  2. scottlitch macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Does this mean these speakers now show up in the Home app on iOS?
  3. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
  4. oskarbar macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2018
    How can a HomePod compete (only Airplay and closed to Apple Music), with this Sonos thas has compatibility for everything?

    With this Sonos option in the market, makes no sense to buy the Apple...
  5. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    Wow, that is one pretty nice speaker.
  6. vcboard macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2016
  7. Ludatyk macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2012
    Congrats! And to all those who have Sonos speakers that has been listed for AirPlay 2 support. Meanwhile, I have to wait until "September" for Libratone to release support for their Zipp speakers. I guess, I invested in the wrong speakers...
  8. blacktape242 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
  9. obiwan macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2004
    Good move by Sonos. Hopefully these will outsell HomePod by a large margin, so Apple's increasingly closed ecosystem will come back to bite them in the bum.
  10. TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Sonos is an excellent company.

    Instead of b***** that Apple is bad, they just adopt their technologies, and go on with their lives.

    They support both Apple, as well as others, like Spotify and Google.
  11. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I have no interest in Alexa in my house, anywhere. I do have a Sonos system with a PlayBar and 2xPlay:1, but they won't support Airplay 2. I do think my Homepod sounds much better than my Play:1, and I use the Siri integration all the time. Having both, I don't have any plans to purchase newer Sonos speakers just to support Airplay2, would rather spend the money on another Homepod for stereo. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
  12. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Well screw me for buying a Play:3 new last year. $255 wasted. Anyone want a used one? Time to buy a HomePod.
  13. doomfront macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    Sweet, can't wait to get home and update! Just have to figure out how to set my alarm to wake me up with podcasts now
  14. axantas macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2015
    Ok, this makes the crippled Apple HomePod quite obsolete.
    Glad I could resist investing in one HomePod. I will get two Sonos Ones then...
  15. sctw macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2016
    Just downloaded and streaming spotify thru play 5, base and one. Thank you Sonos.
  16. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
    and you can buy 2 of em for price of 1 homepod. rip
  17. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Many want Siri rather than Alexa.

    Many want better sound quality, which the HomePod offers.

    Many will like the looks of the HomePod over Sonos.

    Many will want the improved integration that the HomePod offers over Sonos.

    There are many other reasons some may choose one over the other. Just because you prefer Sonos doesn't mean the same will be true for everyone else.
  18. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    What do you think is "crippled" about the Homepod but not about using two Sonos Ones with Airplay 2? They both allow the same apps to Airplay.
  19. Jayne Doe macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    OMG! I was so waiting for this. Sitting. Smiling. Controlling playback through watch. Bliss.
  20. morphineseason macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2007
    That was a limited time offer. MSRP is back to $400 for two of them, though you can still find them deeply discounted on Amazon, eBay, etc.

    I would definitely pick this over the HomePod if I do end up getting any smart speaker though.
  21. Remy149 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2016
    Simple a lot of people like myself only use Apple products and subscribe to Apple Music. You also can’t control Siri directly from a Sonos speaker
  22. MrGIS macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    --- Post Merged, Jul 11, 2018 ---
    Updates installed without issue. Pure Awesomeness..
  23. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    My Play:1 speakers don't appear in iTunes, but I am currently using the Sonos app to stream Apple Music to the speakers using my phone as remote. I don't know whether that was possible before, but I'm liking it.
  24. oskarbar macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2018
  25. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    No doubt this could hurt HomePod sales...

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