SONOS working to add Apple Music support by end of year

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Fiede Schillmoeller, global communications at SONOS, has added to the weekend Apple Music tweet storm with an affirmation that SONOS is indeed working to bring Apple's new service to his company's speakers, hopefully by the end of the year.

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This follows a tweet reply earlier in the week from Ian Rogers, former CEO of Beats and now senior director of Apple Music, that said SONOS support wouldn't be available at launch, but would be coming ASAP.

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Neither provides any specific information about why support wouldn't be available at launch, or any timeline beyond "end of the year" and "ASAP". That leaves up to five months for it to happen.

Hopefully SONOS is using all that extra time to figure out AirPlay support as well?

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9 Comments
  • Sonos is the best way to listen to music at home that I have ever enjoyed, since I am not much of a headphone guy, and like to be able to move around. Apple Music should be awesome for more specific music on demand without all the junk playing too like happens on Apple Radio. The 2 together - mind-blowing!
  • Might be enough to get me to move over from my RDIO account. (Sonos Support and the Family Plan)
  • What the hell takes six month to bring Apple Music to Sonos???
  • Surprisingly, big companies are slow. They go through loads of paperwork and planning to do the simplest things, and some big companies aren't good at focusing on more than one main project at a time
  • Contracts and particulars. Sonos doesn't support DRM streams and that's a big hurdle for many services. It's why Xbox Music isn't on it or MS devices won't even recognize Sonos devices natively anymore.
  • I agree but I think they had an under the table deal with Google, it was never official said. It doesn't make any sense not to support Apple in the beginning. Most companies launch with Apple support, because of iTunes. It doesn't matter to me by the time they add it will have moved on to something else. There is Bose, Harmon Kardon Omni (which has an App, no  Music support yet, but will probably before Sonos.) Harmon Kardon have Adapt device which allows, you to contact HIFI equipment you already have. I have mine setup with two old Apple Express using their line out. I know this isn't a true WIFI setup, but it works. Sent from the iMore App
  • This would have seriously made me switch from Xbox. But, a lot of my music has Dixie flags on their album covers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and such. Not going to cancel what I have with that craziness still out there.
  • ZZZzzz....
  • I would imagine Apple is motivated to get this up and running prior to the end of the free trial period.