What you need to know
- Sonos is ending support for several of its oldest products.
- Software updates will cease in May for the original Zone Players, Connect, Connect:Amp, Play:5 (1st gen), CR 200 and Bridge.
- Sonos is giving users the option to trade in these devices with a 30% credit for each product you replace.
Sonos has announced that it will end software support for several of its oldest products as of May 2020.
In a press release the company stated:
Now, of course, the speakers won't stop working right away, but Sonos does warn that eventually services and overall functionality will "eventually be disrupted", especially as partners update their own technology.
An email issued directly to Sonos customers stated:
The news drew plenty of ire on Twitter from disgruntled users, many of whom urged those affected to get in touch with CEO Patrick Spence directly.
I sent an email to @Patrick_Spence as well. I have been a long time user & am beyond disappointed by this news. It is completely unacceptable & I hope he takes responsibility & changes course. @Sonos @SonosSupportI sent an email to @Patrick_Spence as well. I have been a long time user & am beyond disappointed by this news. It is completely unacceptable & I hope he takes responsibility & changes course. @Sonos @SonosSupport— Joel Prevost (@JoelPrevost) January 21, 2020January 21, 2020
You could choose to continue using these devices, however, there is another option...
Sonos is offering customers the chance to trade up to a new Sonos product, with a 30% credit for each legacy product you replace!
You can find a full set of instructions with regards to trading in any of these devices on Sonos' website.
If you're not sure whether your devices might be affected by this announcement, head to your sonos.com account and check the 'System' tab.
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