This app is for music-lovers ONLY! I happen to love music and, if I could, I’d have it playing around me all the time! However, for now, I’ll just have to stick with the next best option, which is Sonos. Specifically, though, I’ll be reviewing the app, which is on most operating systems and devices.
What is it?
Sonos is a music system that you can setup all throughout your house. With each unit, you can hook one up to one speaker or set of speakers. You can play music through many services or from your own computer’s library. Each speaker can be playing something different, or you can have it in, what I call, “party mode” which is when all of the speakers play the same thing at the same time. Sonos is great to have if you like listening to music at home.
What OS’s and devices run it?
Sonos is very universal because it can run on almost any device with almost any operating system. On Apple handhelds, the app runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Also, most Android phones, touch screen mp3 players, and tablets run the Sonos app. Lastly, there are versions of Sonos for Windows and Mac to use with your computer. As you can see, the app is very versatile and almost anyone can use it.
What services does it use?
As I mentioned earlier, the Sonos app can use MANY different services. The main one that I use most often is called Rhapsody. However, Pandora Radio is offered as well for free, Spotify, Slackr, and many more! You can even use music that is from your computer. Any music (mp3) from your computer, including from iTunes is able to be played through Sonos and out the speakers.
What are the disadvantages?
The only big problem that I have with Sonos is the prices. The
units are very expensive (prices below) but they can be worth it (if it’s used a lot). I know many other people that like it, though, and keep it even though it is expensive so it’s not too big of a deal. Plus, you can find them for cheaper on eBay or with a coupon.
What types of units are there?
- Bridge ($49) – Connect to your router so all players can go anywhere and work wirelessly
- Connect ($349) – Turn your stereo or home theater into a music streaming system
- Connect:AMP ($499) – Turn your speakers into a music streaming system with a high-powered amplifier
- Play:3 ($299) – The smaller, tuck in the corner and blow out the roof, all-in-one player (all-in-one meaning it is also a speaker)
- Play:5 ($399) – The original, bigger room, bigger sound, all-in-one wireless music system
The Bottom Line
As you can see, the Sonos idea and versatility is very impressive. I would, again, recommend it to anyone that likes music (or likes to party). So, if you like music, go check it out and consider getting one!