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Sonos update brings wireless streaming to iOS!

I have been a big Sonos fan for years. If you are not familiar with the high-quality line of wireless music systems, please do yourself a favor this holiday season and either search our site (keyword "Sonos"), check my latest Play:3 review here, or simply go to their home page here. It is the single best wireless music system I have reviewed. Anyway, the point is to inform that a recent update to the iOS application experience now includes streaming from your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. You needed a dock accessory in previous versions to do this, so it is indeed a very cool enhancement... Read on for full details.

You will need to update your system to the latest firmware to enable iOS streaming, have music on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, and be running iOS version 6 or above. When you upgrade the app on your device, it will automatically update your configured Sonos components. After update is complete, your device will show up in the music source list.

Other enhancements in this update from the PR added below:

"...The update makes it easier than ever to find and playback your favorite music and makes the Sonos music experience better without needing any new hardware. Today, 60% of music is purchased directly on the mobile device and Sonos is the only system that allows you to take advantage of a multi-room wireless audio experience without degrading the audio quality:

  • With Sonos, you can play music from any source seamlessly as part of the same playlist (including music on your iOS device, music from streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, rdio etc. and your MP3 collection)
  • You can play five different tracks in five different rooms. You cannot do that with AirPlay or Bluetooth.

  • Sonos creates its own network specifically to play music. This means it is able to play music in sync between rooms and not drop out regardless of whatever else is using your home broadband.
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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.