Sonos Updates For Slacker, Android Tablets, and Sonos Labs

by Damian on November 30, 2011

in News

I have been a big fan of Sonos ever since I introduced the music streaming platform into my house over a year ago. Since then Sonos has made strides to add new features and services. Today, Sonos announced several new features that have been added. Also, if you are interested to know more about Sonos make sure you check out my review of the Sonos Wireless System as well as the addition of the Sonos Play:3

Android Tablet Support:

Sonos is on a mission—to let you control your music any way you want. And that now includes Android tablets.  With the free Sonos Controller for Android you can fire up your favorite tablet–perhaps the Kindle Fire or the Motorala Xoom orSamsung Galaxy Tab–start reading your favorite blog, and wirelessly control all your favorite music via Sonos. (Might we suggest FILTER’s Ktichen Mix, our collaborative playlist dedicated to The Legendary 808, or some jazz standards?)

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there’s more: the Sonos Controller for Android also includes new enhancements such as alarms, music library management and Twitter support–so, while you’re blasting songs you can seamlessly tweet your Sonos listening habits to all your devoted followers. And yes, all the new features work on your Android smartphone, too. Download it (or update) today for a truly HiFi experience.

Slacker Radio:

Attention all Slacker fans–and soon to be Slacker fans–now you can listen out loud to Slacker Radio on Sonos in any room of the house. And it doesn’t have to cost you a dime.

Slacker Personal Radio lets you tune in to over 150 expert-programmed stations, hand-crafted by super knowledgeable DJs, completely for free. Or if you’re more of a DIY kind of music lover, you can create as many of your own custom stations as you want using Slacker’s extensive library of songs and artists as starting points.  The service offers millions of songs, which means unlimited hours of exploring new music and reconnecting with old favorites. You can even read all about your favorite artists with Slacker’s killer catalog of bios.

Sonos Labs:

With today’s software update, we’re thrilled to introduce Sonos Labs, which provides music service developers access to the free Sonos Music API, Technical Documentation & Tools Suite (SMAPI). Sonos Labs is great news for developers and customers alike. The new platform allows music services to make themselves available on Sonos about 60-percent faster than before, all while giving our customers early access to the service during the development and testing phases.

In a nutshell? Music services get valuable feedback from Sonos users, and music lovers get to listen to their favorite services much sooner. Even better, SMAPI provides extensive forums, community support, and documentation to help speed the process along. Once a service is in Sonos Labs, it can become a full-fledged service within four to six weeks.

SMAPI has been very well-received by music service partners who helped us test it. AUPEO praised the platform for its “great documentation, outstanding technical support and strong focus on quality,” stating further that it “made the integration extremely easy.” Similarly, MOG said that it “was straightforward, and working through the partner process and with the Sonos Music Team was great,” while Rdio was “up and running in a matter of weeks and [its] users are thrilled.”

Music service developers can register as a Sonos Music Partner to get started. Are you a Sonos customer looking to test out the next big thing in music? From the main menu on any Sonos Controller, navigate to More Music > Sonos Labs.

Spotify Update:

This year has been a big one for Spotify. The Sweden-based music service, which has brought social playlisting to the forefront of streaming music, made its way into five new countries in 2011: the United States, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. The service has also enjoyed a host of new paying subscribers, and some improvements on the Sonos interface.

With version 3.6 of our software, Sonos continues to work on the Spotify experience. With the refresh, you can enjoy some nice visual enhancements.  In addition, you can now access your inbox as well as play music from Spotify’s new releases and top tracks. Just update your Sonos software and get listening.

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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for you can find me over at my blog at or follow me on twitter

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