Experience the Ultimate Gift of Music with Sono
Rejoice all music aficionados! Sonos is taking massive steps to improve your listening experience with its brand new version 3.8.3 update.
But what does this update mean for you, the listener? Well, put simply, the latest patch ensures that all Sonos wireless speakers are compatible with iOS version 6 or later. So now you can listen to all of your favourite iTunes music and podcasts wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch on a Sonos speaker system.
The 3.8.3 update went live on December 5th, and we recommend updating all of your components, hardware, and laptops that use the Sonos system. The update is absolutely free, and it can be completed via the free Sonos app on your Apple device.
More about the Sonos 3.8.3 Update
With 60% of all iTunes purchases being made on iOS devices, Sonos needed to find a way to become compatible with the latest iPhones, iPad, and iPod Touch models. And not only does the latest update succeed in doing this, but it actually turns your device into a music source where you can see all of your iTunes songs, playlists, and podcasts under the "This Phone" tab.
The 3.8.3 update will also allow playback of all of the most popular formats, including MP3,iTunes Plus, AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, and Apple Lossless music files. Unfortunately 3.8.3 version does not play tracks protected by DRM, nor does it support WAV or AIFF files stored on iOS devices and iTunes music stored in the cloud.
This release only makes direct play from iOS devices possible, and there is no official word from Sonos as to whether future updates will support Android platforms.
The latest update gives the user some added functionality. You can now, for instance, play the same track in perfect synchronisation across all rooms in your home, or different tracks in different rooms, all from the same iOS device. It is also possible to add tracks from multiple iOS devices to the same queue, which enables you and your friends to DJ the party collaboratively.
Version 3.8.3 even allows for up to 32 devices to be connected to your speaker system, so there should be no shortage of music available!
But there are several issues with this service that need to be addressed. Firstly, I can't help but be disappointed with the lack of support for third party software. This means that you cannot play music from your Spotify app, for instance.
It would have also been great to be able to play iTunes cloud tracks with the 3.8.3 version update. Unfortunately, tracks need to first be downloaded to your iOS device before they can be played on your Sonos wireless HiFi system.
In addition, the 3.8.3 release does not offer support for Apple AirPlay natively, but there is a way to incorporate AirPlay into your system. Details on how to do this can be found at www.sonos.com/airplay.
Music to Your Ears
While the latest Sonos update has solved many of the iOS connectivity issues, there is still room to improve functionality by supporting third party software.
In spite of these limitations, there are still plenty of reasons to invest in a Sonos wireless system. Their fantastic HiFi units deliver crystal-clear audio over a very solid wireless connection. The system is also very easy to control via free apps for Android and iOS, as well as desktop clients for both Mac and PC.
Finally, Sonos continuously strives to improve user experience via a series of free updates for their players and controllers.