Murdoc Niccals Takes Us Inside Gorillaz Spirit House & Beyond

We recently created an immersive audio and visual experience with Gorillaz called the Spirit House to celebrate the launch of their new album, Humanz and the launch of our new PLAYBASE. We had the opportunity to sit down with Murdoc and talk Spirit House inspiration, listening out loud, and movie soundtracks.    Tell us a bit about what a Spirit House is? It’s a cocktail bar, isn’t it? Ah, no, I get you. The other kind. Well, Spirit Houses are audio-visual chateaux through which you can live out your Gorillaz fantasies. You ears and eyes will be penetrated by music and mind-altering visuals, through state-of-the-art tech and physical installations. Plus, there’s a ton of…

Reimagining the future of fashion with music and technology

Our visit to Borre Akkersdijk’s home marks the continuation of our special collaboration between Sonos and Freunde von Freunden.    Borre Akkersdijk heads up the studio of his namesake brand Byborre in Amsterdam West, producing textiles that push the boundaries of wearable technology. Fashion and music are often riffing off each other, deeply linked by the creatives who breathe life into these industries. Borre takes the literal inspiration of each industry, merging the two and creating pieces that are not only attention-grabbing, but also thought-provoking. His music-playing onesie to help dementia patients communicate was featured at SXSW and pushed the dialogue about the…

“Furniture Pimp” Jim Walrod talks music waking up his home

At Sonos, we’re on a mission. We want people to switch off from work, stow away their laptops and celebrate the joy of listening out loud. It’s what we call 'waking up the silent home’ – and designer Jim Walrod is all for it.   Jim is the man behind some of the world’s most iconic and extravagant interiors – from hotels and nightclubs, to rockstars' pads and billionaires' playgrounds. So it might come as a surprise that his own apartment lies on a blue-collar block in New York’s Chinatown, entered through a hardware store and up three steep flights of stairs. Inside, however, the appeal of the place is obvious. Vast windows. Soaring ceilings. And 2,000 square feet of space in which to…

Causas y situación del silencio en las casas

Causas y situación del silencio en las casas

Una casa silenciosa es un sitio en el que la ausencia de música hace que el estrés y la presión de la vida moderna queden aún más patentes. Es una casa compartida, más que un hogar en el que convivir. Este problema afecta a más de dos tercios de todas las casas del mundo. El año pasado realizamos un experimento que tenía como fin comprobar si escuchar música a todo volumen en casa podía influir en las relaciones. Demostramos que la gente que vive en casas con música es más feliz, cercana y cariñosa. Si las ventajas son tan claras y beneficiosas, ¿por qué no escuchamos música todos juntos? ¿Por qué no todas las casas vibran con música?…

TRUEPLAY for Playbar

In the pursuit of the best possible listening experience, designing great equipment is only half the battle. Sound is beautifully imperfect. It changes constantly from song to song and room to room, which means that even the most precisely-tuned speaker will sound different in certain environments. The solution? Embrace the change. If no speaker fits every context why not use software to give every speaker the ability to create true sound in any context? That was the conviction that drove us to create Trueplay, a unique tuning technology that anyone can use to quickly and simply fine-tune your Sonos speaker to produce spot-on playback in any room.Trueplay instantly makes the Sonos system…

The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

As the founder and CEO of Sonos, I am always trying to find leaders who are capable of taking Sonos to the next level. Part of that means assessing my own role. With Sonos now poised for a new phase of growth, I am excited to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence. Patrick demonstrated his leadership most recently with Sonos’ success during the holiday period, but more importantly, there isn't a person who better embodies Sonos’ values and culture. Patrick Spence (left) and John MacFarlane Patrick's leadership comes at a magical moment for Sonos. Music has made the transition to streaming. It took longer than we expected but it's fully here now, leading…

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

Along with creating what might have been the world’s most epic potluck dinner, we asked the top chefs in our Mind of a Chef Music Special to put together their ideal dinner party playlist. Just like their cooking, each one is a perfect reflection of the individual chef’s background, taste and personality. Read on to hear their selections and get inspired to create a Playlist Potluck of your own.April Bloomfield “I remember this van my dad used to call Chug-a-Boom. Me and my sisters used to sit in the back and I remember hearing ‘Under the Ivy’ by Kate Bush. I could listen back to that track and it just makes me take stock.” Chef April Bloomfield built her name on bringing the carnivorous…

Play Music from Spotify Straight to Sonos with Spotify Connect

We’ve teamed up with Spotify to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love on Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing, and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multi-room power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet. Bring the music home. Hate missing the end of a track because you arrived back home before it finished? Spotify now lets you control your sound system from…

Sonos & Spotify bring music to the table with Playlist Potluck

Music, food and drink bring us together in a new tradition of friendship celebrations that are as important to us as family gatherings. Who are your friends? At first, it seems a simple question. But think again: when was the last time you saw your best friend? Who did you spend your weekend with? Who are the people you really care about and how do you stay close to them? Science tells us we can maintain a network of up to 150 friends but that we, really, only could count our close friends at 15. We maintain connections in their hundreds, sometimes thousands, on social media and our networks of “friends” are linked by likes and shares. We can go for months without a face to face…

Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos & Spotify Playlist Potluck.

POTLUCK /pätˈlək/ noun North American: A meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish. PLAYLIST /plāˌlist/ noun A list of songs to soundtrack a mood or event. PLAYLIST POTLUCK /plāˌlist pätˈlək/ noun A collaborative dinner party where each guest brings a unique dish and music to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCPyGj9rNE&feature=youtu.be One of the most vital ingredients to a successful dinner party is the music – whether it be the topic of conversation, an ice-breaker with a stranger, or the soundtrack to your event. With streaming music becoming more and more popular every year, playlists are becoming the preferred way to curate our social gatherings. As the…

SONOS x KBH: Furniture with Sound Design

Are you sitting comfortably? Chances are you aren’t sitting at all. Technology’s changed the way we read, the way we live and – of course – the way we listen. But it also has a habit of taking center stage at home when we’d really rather spend time doing what matters. Enjoying the music. From removing the need for that RCA jungle to designing sub woofers that don’t need hiding out of view, we’re on a bit of a quest to help us all listen better and live a simpler, less cluttered life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgOJ9WOh95c It’s this mission that’s opened a lot of doors to working with folks that share the same values. Stripping back to the bare essentials to make the basics sing. That’s…

The New Sonos Sub: A Vision In White

Soul-shaking sound. Heart-pounding design. One-button setup. Just a few of the qualities that made the Sonos SUB such a welcome addition to the homes of music and home cinema lovers the world over. As the new all-white version becomes available, we caught up with the folks behind the bass to find out what made the original SUB so special and what the refresh means for home design today: “Once we decided that we were going to make a SUB, we were trying to tackle two problems,” explains Mieko Kusano, Senior Director of Product Management. “One – typical subs are just pretty ugly! Two – most are basically designed as large cubes making them very inflexible to place. We wanted to…

Mark Chamberlain: Home Glamour Revolutionary

Over the past decade there’s been a quiet revolution in the way people decorate their homes, as conservative tastes handed down from mid-century modernism have given way to an explosion of vibrant colors, patterns and textures. Mark Chamberlain has had a front row perspective on the whole thing, not only as an in-demand designer and painter specializing in vividly patterned floors and walls, but as a blogger who – for eight years – maintained a column on Apartment Therapy where he urged homeowners to take more risks with the way they treat their spaces.Chamberlain has a BFA in art as well as a fine art career, but he’s never thought of interior design as something less than worthy of the…

At Home With: DELS

We recently wrapped up London Design Festival at Sonos Studio, an event schedule packed with our friends from the creative world including Hole & Corner, It’s Nice That, PATTERNITY and MUBI. Amongst those friends was rapper / art director Kieren Gallear AKA DELS, who spoke at our ‘Listening By Design’ event hosted by It’s Nice That. In his talk, he took us on a sonic journey through the listening habits of his day and discussed how the music inspires his creative output. This week, DELS invited us into his North London home to show us how his two worlds as a both an art director and music artist merge and are influenced by what he listens to in his living space. How much of your…

Sonic Artifacts from the Underground

Thurston Moore Words by Thurston Moore The cassette always had the hottest, most excited sound for my ears. I love physicality in music production – the vibrating speaker in an amp-powered cabinet, bass throbbing and guitar shredding. Record player tonearms licking through the vinyl grooves of tiny, hilly mounds and valleys. The electromagnetic impulse feed flashing through the stylus and cartridge and coming manifest through the cosmos of soul static stereo speakers. But cassettes are the best, ruling with moving parts, the fat ferrous oxide tape sliced into thin strips holding sonic information zapped off of magnetic heads, whipping, rolling like an automobile in sweet cruise gear.…

Where Vinyl Comes Home: Rough Trade In Their Own Words

Rough Trade did more than just survive the digital music revolution. They flourished. At a time when most of NYC’s veteran record shops were putting up “For Sale” signs, Rough Trade was building the biggest record store in the entire city: a 15,000 sq. foot warehouse stacked with thousands of vinyl records, books, complete with coffee shop, bar, performance space, and as of this week, a brand new Sonos-designed listening room. What kind of mind does it take to keep a classic record shop thriving in the modern age? We sat down with Rough Trade store Co-Owner and Director, Stephen Godfroy to explore the vision that's made an independent mainstay stronger than ever.  Take us back to the start.…

Healthy Habits Of Home: Music, patterns and the art of de-clutter

PATTERNITY is the baby of art and interiors duo Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham.  We joined forces with them at the London Design Festival and talked to Grace about the patterns that shape our homes, lives and listening habits. You’re something of a unique entity!  Tell us a bit about how PATTERNITY came to be? Anna and I set up PATTERNITY because pattern is everywhere, from the mundane to the magnificent. We’re on a mission to inspire positive living through pattern research, design and experience. Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham What kind of influence can patterns have in shaping the rhythms of daily life at home? There are so many unseen patterns that shape our daily lives…

The London Design Festival at Sonos Studio

We’ve got a packed line-up down at the studio for this year’s London Design Festival. Join us to celebrate home listening through design, interiors and maker culture: Workshop: ‘Relaxed Fluidity’ with Hole & Corner – Sat 17th & Sun 18th September Our favourite craft journal Hole & Corner hosts two maker workshops celebrating music’s role in inspiring a more creative home. You’ll be able to craft some unique art guided by a custom playlist soundtrack from furniture designer Yinka Ilori (Saturday) and ceramicist Stephanie Buttle (Sunday). Register for Yinka Ilori Workshop  Register for Stephanie Buttle Workshop Talk: ‘Listening by Design’ with It’s Nice That…

September Events at 101 Greene St.

There's a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store. Come listen. WEEK TWO 9/8 | GROUPLOVE Listening Session Join the band for a rare pre-release premiere of their new album “Big Mess”. (6 - 8PM)  WEEK THREE 9/12 | The First Listen - How To Dress Well "Care" Join Tom Krell (How To Dress Well) at the store for a first listen of his new album "Care" before it arrives Sept. 23 on Domino Records.  9/14 | The Big Quiet MediCircle Get centered at 101 Greene St. as The Big Quiet hosts a guided meditation session. (8 - 10PM) 9/15 | Vinyl Me Please Happy Hour Drinks on us. Soundtrack courtesy of our friends at Vinyl Me Please. (5 - 7PM) WEEK FOUR 9/26 | Brooklyn Craft Terrarium Workshop Come through…

Listening Out Loud Just Got Easier With Your Sonos App

“You gotta listen to this one song. It’ll change your life, I swear.” When Natalie Portman’s manic pixie dreamgirl archetype dropped a knowledge bomb on a young Zach Braff in the form of The Shins, the moment represented way more than just an indie meet cute. In retrospect, it was a major sign of things to come: personalized song recommendations were gearing up to enter the mainstream. Half a year later, Braff’s Grammy-winning, platinum-selling compilation soundtrack for Garden State firmly established that a handpicked list of songs could be a legitimate musical form in its own right. And the modern playlist was born. All of which sounds a little bizarre to our ears today. Was there…

Sounds of Seattle

Is there a better place to be than Seattle? Not if you ask the folks that call it home. We recently had the pleasure of getting together with some of Seattle’s finest under one fantastically designed Airbnb pad. Music was of course pouring through every room all weekend (as was the wine). So as a souvenir, we asked some of these fabulous folks to share their soundtrack to Seattle, the tracks that inspire them daily and fill their home. Sub Pop Records“Seattle is our home. It’s simply impossible to imagine Sub Pop existing anywhere else. The music from this region and the community that supports it is not only vital to our success, it’s what inspires us to keep doing what we…

You’re Better Than This

Because we’re surrounded by music out loud all day at Sonos, it’s easy to forget that some people have given up on that experience, or maybe never even had it. When you spend so much time engineering great sound, it can be a real bummer to realize that many who do listen out loud, have traded quality for convenience. . . and never looked back. We’ve compressed rich music into tiny files…and sacrificed the sound. We’ve shoved those tiny files through earbuds…and sacrificed the joy of listening together. We’ve played music through disposable Bluetooth speakers…and sacrificed fidelity.Then, sadly, in the very quest for quality, some of us traded listening out loud at all.   Huh? That’s…

Ask A Designer: Music + Home Design

Homepolish was created with one mission: update interior design for the way people actually live today. While teaming up with Homepolish in Seattle, we linked with designer Lindsay Pincus to hear her thoughts on how music and listening affect her approach to design. Design by Lindsday Pincus of Homepolish Tell us about your design process. How does music and sound fit in? When I’m seeking inspiration for a new design project, I almost always connect the design concept to a song that I play on repeat. For this project I used Radiohead’s new song ‘Daydreaming’. I’ll also channel the client’s favorite artists and seek to reflect their musical interests through furniture and…

Listening Out Loud: Glass Animals

On this edition of the Listening Out Loud podcast, Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley takes us on a sonic journey through the listening habits and home living spaces of the weird and wonderful characters he has created for the band’s new record, How To Be A Human Being, released August 26th. The success of their critically acclaimed debut Zaba, took the band around the world and helped them break stateside, a journey which has been rich in creative material for Bayley. “It all started with recordings of people. When we were touring I was meeting all of these people everywhere and they’re all telling you these amazing stories. I have a terrible memory, so I wanted to record them on my…

Better Together: Home Design for Listening

Design by Mystery Made Home design and home listening were born to team up. Either one is perfectly nice on its own, but it’s when you combine the two that you can really start to transform the mood of your home.  We linked with the sweet minds at Homepolish to get some quick tips from an pro interior designer on how to refine any space for a better listening experience. Homepolish designer Tali Roth breaks it down: Sofa is Key “Everyone uses music in different ways. Some love having it in the background no matter what they’re doing, some use it for entertaining, some while cooking and some use it to relax and unwind on the sofa. My favorite relax and unwind sofa is ‘The…

Soundtracks to the City: New York

To celebrate the arrival of the Sonos flagship store in Soho, we asked some of NY’s finest to share their personal soundtracks to the city. Listen out loud: THURSTON MOORE Thurston Moore & Walter SchreifelsRAKIM Rakim “I don’t like to keep it [the music] in my ears for too long myself. It feels like it cuts everything else off. When you listen to music on speakers, you can enjoy it, you can think about it. It might be a memory, might be a moment. Might be something going on.” – RakimEL – P Miss Info & El PNANCY WHANG Nancy Whang & Doris“For me, enjoying music means being in a space, and hearing it around me. Listening to music on speakers is…

August Events at 101 Greene St.

There’s a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store in August. Come listen.     Check out our partners: FRANKEL’S DELICATESSENFACTORY FLOOR JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE GLASS ANIMALS 

Listening out Loud: Wild Beasts Talk New Album “Boy King”

“We’re all a bit… psychotic in our listening. We all can listen to something very soft—Max Richter—followed by Nine Inch Nails ‘Closer’. We have that in our make-up.”UK rock quartet Wild Beasts have grown stronger with each album, and new record ‘Boy King’ is no different. Slickly produced and oozing with swagger, it looks sure to be one of the year’s most acclaimed releases. “After five records there had to be an element of ‘what the fuck?'” explains the band’s Hayden Thorpe. “I think ‘Boy King’ is an apocalyptic record. It’s about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you’ve got to think about death, they’re one and the same.” The…

Hi Bandcamp. Welcome to Sonos.

There’s a new arrival in the Sonos streaming family. And we’re especially stoked about this one coming home. Bandcamp is a global community of hundreds of thousands of artists and the fans who directly support them. This artist-first platform is now a permanent part of the Sonos experience. There’s plenty of reasons to be hyped for what Bandcamp brings to music lovers. At its core, Bandcamp gives artists and fans maximum control over their own music. Artists set their own prices, sell their music and merch, and can update everything in real time. Fans can stream all their purchased music instantly on the free app and through Sonos, or download in both lossless and MP3 formats. Bandcamp is…

Listening Out Loud: De La Soul

30 years in the game and still going strong: De La Soul are unique in hip-hop. They’ve never split up; they’ve never stopped making music; they’ve never stopped performing. Crucially, their output has rarely faltered, and they’re still making vital music to this day. The New York trio began life with their cut ‘n’ paste, collage sound in the late-’80s to great acclaim with ‘Three Feet High & Rising’—one of the genre’s all-time classic. Sampling everything from Johnny Cash to nursery rhyme records to Barry White and Liberace, they pushed hip-hop into fertile new ground where the source material wasn’t restricted to instrumental breaks. In doing so, they paved the way for the likes of…

Celebrate at the Sonos Store

We can’t believe it, but the moment is really here. The first ever Sonos store officially opened its doors at 101 Greene Street. Opening day may be behind us, but we want the celebrations to continue and all of you to listen out loud with us. Come join us and our NYC friends for food, drinks, and music all week long. Full schedule of events below:  JULY 20 – HAPPY HOUR 5 – 7PM Pour a glass (or pop a can) in celebration with us as The Drop Rose hosts a free pop-up bar at 101 Greene St. JULY 21 – BAOHAUS BITES 5 – 7PM Boost your listening experience with free snacks and bites courtesy of Eddie Huang’s Baohaus. JULY 22 – NEW MUSIC FRIDAY WITH FRANKEL’S 12…

The Ultimate Sell-Out

While training the new staff at our first-ever Sonos Store, I asked, “How many of you are in a band or are musicians?” Almost all of them raised their hands. That means that for most of them, Sonos is their day job. Like any musician, they’re dreaming it will be their last. What advice could I possibly give them as someone who turned her day job into a career? Well, first, that I once shared their dream. When I was a line cook, record store clerk, barista, etc., I remember that day jobs always came with a tinge of humiliation. A little bit of, “this isn’t really me, what I should be doing, what I’m capable of…” For me, the most humiliating day job was not the one that required me to…

Listening comes home at 101 Greene Street

After becoming a part of so many of your homes around the world, it’s time we finally settled down in a place of our own. Sonos has officially landed in New York City. Our new permanent residence is 101 Greene Street, Soho. We couldn’t be more excited to invite you inside on July 19th and show you what we’ve been working on in our first ever retail space.101G is pretty much our ideal residence. We built it from the ground up to physically display and embody our sincere belief that better sound makes a better home. We know that the sound of music in your home is as important as the lighting or the furniture. Now we have a space where you can hear it for yourself.And we want you to really…

A Father’s Love, Shared Out Loud

Father’s Day This coming Father’s Day is the first since my dad passed. No card to buy, no kisses and hugs, no chance to cook Sunday lunch for the old man and share a glass or two of wine. Long after the music stops, the memories play on. In honor of Father’s Day, Sonos Sound Experience Leader Giles Martin writes on the musical bond he shared with his father, legendary record producer sir George Martin. So is this a reason to be sad? Yes, perhaps it is… Then I remember earlier this year, sitting on my father’s bed. As he lay there, very ill, I held his hand and a tear rolled down my cheek. “Why are you crying?” asked Dad. “Because I’m going to miss you.” “I’m not dead yet,” said…

Why Are You OK

Back in the day in Irmo SC, my dad would throw “stereo nights” for us little runts. I think the idea was to lull us off to sleep with music but it didn’t work: We’d keep the doors open and stay up as long as we could to soak it all in. If that was any part of the idea, then that part worked. Those songs are in my DNA: I’ll be in an airport or a grocery store or whatever then the Commodores’ ‘Just to Be Close to You’ comes on and bam I’m 7 years old again and feeling all ‘That’s right, the Commodores are the baddest mama jamma’s ever.’” Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, sooner or later I hear some music that puts me right back into those memories and all of a sudden it’s…

BLOOD & MUSIC

Maybe it’s because of Father’s Day. Or maybe it’s this new Band of Horses track I’ve been listening to on constant repeat. Whatever the reason, my mind’s been drifting back to the family I grew up in, how the music we shared flowed through us and ingrained itself in our DNA. Ben Bridwell and his daughters. Our Sonos team first crossed paths with Band of Horses founder, Ben Bridwell at SXSW. He was telling us how his love for music had been directly influenced by his dad’s record collection. How the music they shared together had defined their relationship over the years. And how a lot of those same feelings about music and family had been coming back around lately, now that he’s a father…

Create Your #HomeStadium for the Summer of Sport

  What a summer we have to look forward to. From the European Cup in France to the Olympics in Rio, the Tour De France to Wimbledon, we’re spoilt for choice. Besides music, there are few things that can get you as fired up as cheering for your team. And whilst we’re not all lucky enough to be a part of the crowd at St. Jakob-Park or Maracanã, you can still soak up every moment with the people you really care about in your own #homestadium. Of course you can watch sport alone, but with a crowd of friends cheering for the same team, the experience becomes something else entirely. It turns two hours on the sofa into a party. Who do you turn to as the keeper edges a penalty in the dying…

Sleep Tight with Sonos

Replace the morning beep with a fresh tune. What's your perfect wake-up album? #ListenMore A photo posted by @sonos on Jan 9, 2016 at 8:54am PSTDim the lights low. Draw the blinds. Turn on the slow jams. Let’s talk about the bedroom. Hey, not like that! We’re talking about your other favorite bedroom activity: sleep. We all know the importance of a good night sleep. But you work, you commute, you cook, you play, you Netflix, you work more in between … getting eight hours of solid sleep isn’t as easy as it used to be. But with more sleep research and Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution, bringing much-overdue attention to how (and how often) we catch our zzz’s,…

Designer Genevieve Gorder on Music and Family

Genevieve Gorder has been the face of home design on television for more than a decade, but get her talking about music and her daughter and Look. Out. Beyond fabric swatches and furniture flows, Gorder is equally adept at music, and can namedrop favorites from Motown to classical Baroque to hip-hop in the same breath. It’s no coincidence that her musical train of thought often leads down a path to her daughter, who completes her holy trinity: Design, Music, Family -- all coming together to turn her (or your) house into memory-making home.“When I’m designing a space, it’s about music."“When I’m designing a space, it’s about music,” she says. “Design is the same as music: Where are the…

Let’s Build a Home

Whether you're moving into a new downtown apartment or settling into your first home, moving is when you take stock of what's important. Your coasters from that trip to Amsterdam? Keep. Your less-than-new bath mats? Toss. That Halloween costume from 2009? Definitely keep. But when it's time to make a move, there's something else -- something that is just as important as paint color, furniture style and those sconces from Etsy -- to consider. All of those things come together to create a design for your new space, but it's the music that makes it home. That sentiment became clear in our aptly named Music Makes it Home study. No matter what country you live in or what taste in music you have,…

Music Makes it Home, Revisited

When the Segal family agreed to participate in the Music Makes it Home study, music was in their home, but it wasn’t necessarily a part of it. “We listened to music -- the occasional spontaneous moment -- but it was certainly very individual and sporadic,” explains Noah Segal, husband and father of two. The Segal Family As participants in the study conducted in February, Amanda and Noah Segal, with their two sons Oliver and Beckham, were one of 30 families around the globe who spent a week without music out loud and a week with all the music they wanted. The results were pretty clear: people feel closer, more loving and generally happier when they share time with their loved ones listening…

It’s Prime Time in the UK and Germany

Amazon Prime has a lot more perks than just getting your packages in two days. Their Prime Music service has been available to Sonos customers in the United States, and now, as of today it’s available within the Sonos app in the UK and Germany as well. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, good news: You already have access to the million-plus songs, curated playlists and stations that Prime Music has to offer. Feeling equal parts happy and emo? Dark Pop will scratch that itch. Tossing and turning in bed stands no chance against Nature Sounds for Sleep.  Or if you’re planning a summer trip, their In Flight playlist series will give you hours of your favorite genre for any car, flight or…

The Evolution of China’s Streaming Revolution

Han Hua, Managing Director of Sonos within China It’s not news that China is big. Really big. In fact, the portion of the population that most would define as China’s middle class is just shy of the entire population of the United States. Yep, that big. With a population of 1.4 billion people and the same total landmass as the U.S., the opportunities for innovators in China's music space are endless. I received my PhD from the University of Nebraska and spent a good amount of time working in the U.S., and while there are certainly differences between the countries, the love for music and good, efficient technology is all the same here in China. And lately, the music streaming industry here…

How to Build the Perfect Playlist

A lot of people can claim that music runs their lives. It’s an easy and universal thing to love -- and it’s why Sonos makes speakers in the first place. My life really revolves around music, and it has for quite some time. Testing out the piano at our Abbey Road Studios (Photo: Niels Van De Walle, Senior Director , EMEA Marketing) I started playing the piano at the age of four, and my whole life has been about music. I enrolled in a music college at 10 years old, became a session pianist later on, and eventually got my MBA. Making a living as a musician is tough -- hence the MBA -- and after working at record labels for a while, my music-meets-career quest continues here at Sonos, where I…

London’s Secret 7″ Comes to Sonos Studio

Having established itself over five years as one of the key moments in the London art/music calendar, Secret 7” is now in residence at Sonos Studio for 2016. The concept is simple: Secret 7” presses 100 copies each of 7 tracks by the world’s very best musical talent and invites a global collective of creatives to create unique sleeve artwork for each record. All 700 singles will be exhibited at Secret 7”s new home, Sonos Studio in Shoreditch, London, from 8 April – 1 May 2016. After the public exhibition comes the excitement of the sale, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May this year. Music fans, art connoisseurs and collectors alike are invited to buy the singles for £50…

Inside Innovation Hack Week

It started back in March 2012: Two small groups of Sonos engineers gathered in Santa Barbara, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, each armed with a couple six packs of beer, some snacks, a healthy mix of Sonos products, and their laptops. The goal? To explore the future of Sonos. The result? Innovation Hack Week was born. Part of my job as Innovation Manager is to work with people to stimulate creative thinking and help drive new ideas to impact the business – and these ideas can be related to products, processes, or best practices. Whether that’s hosting a brainstorm session with a cross-functional group, or connecting one-on-one over an afternoon coffee or Happy Hour beer, ideas can…

Six Ways to Hack Your Sound on Sonos

There is plenty you can do with your Sonos beyond simply playing music room-to-room. The only thing required is a little know-how. Sound garden Use your Sonos to escape into nature. By setting up two Sonos players in one room, you can experiment with dueling rain sounds and birds chirping across the room, waves crashing against some Bob Marley, or mixing thunderstorms with nighttime crickets. Might we suggest browsing TuneIn for everything from chirrups to sussurations, paired with your favorite streaming service for the accompanying tunes. BYOM Love your best friend, but hate his taste in music? If you both have Sonos, now you can BYO. As soon as you walk in your friend’s home, just…

Navigating an Industry In Transition, Investing in the Future of Music

At Sonos, we’ve always taken a long-term view. We design products to look and sound great in your home for a target of ten years, and to get better in that time. We made a bet that streaming would fundamentally change the way we enjoy music, and we organized ourselves to deliver the best experiences for listening out loud. We chose to fill the most space with the fewest speakers rather than to make the most gadgets for the smallest space; to deliver lasting experiences over disposable technology; to provide access to all the streaming services in the world, not just the most popular ones; and we chose to develop our products with WiFi instead of Bluetooth, which was far more challenging for…

Listening Out Loud with Zane Lowe and Beats 1

Now at the helm of Apple Music’s Beats 1, Zane Lowe was formerly the host of BBC’s Radio 1. We caught up with him at Sonos Studio for the final St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service show to learn more about Beats 1 and its place in global music listening culture. What were some of the driving factors for you wanting to go to Beats 1? Streaming is creating very functional and very direct access to a lot of music but I’ve always believed that the recommendation part of discovery is best served on a personal level. The idea of being part of a community and listening at the same time has enormous value for people. I think that discovery is more exciting when you feel like you are a part of…

Can Music Out Loud Change the Way You Live?

Music has been changing lives for thousands of years. It's only in the last few decades that listening to music out loud has become less commonplace. Families are scattered and schedule-stressed. Work and email know no boundaries, and more than one screen is begging for attention. People are busier, more isolated and increasingly distracted just trying to manage a normal day. There has to be a way to get back to the good things. We hoped to explore what really happens when we play music out loud. Or, as our CEO John MacFarlane puts it, “that moment when they brought music back into the house and it became a home.” And so began our Music Makes it Home study, where we surveyed 30,000 people…

Wolvesmouth Pushes Food and Sound to the Limit

What do painting, snowboarding and really loud music have to do with the culinary arts? We'll let Wolvesmouth's chef Craig Thornton explain. Craig Thornton grew up in the northwestern corner of Arizona and California’s Riverside County. He was a snowboarder who came of age listening to self-made bands like Page 99 and Burzum, Orchid and Joy Division up and down the West Coast. “I was going to shows with groups of friends whenever I could. For a long time, I was more into music and snowboarding than anything,” said Craig. “That’s what we did five days a week — we’d figure out how to go to shows.” But about 15 years ago, Craig got inspired. He craved the blood, sweat and tears that go into…

David Bowie and Me: Sonos Staff Memories

With the passing of David Bowie, many Sonos staffers, from the CMO in Boston to product teams around the globe, share fond memories about the music legend's impact on their lives. Here are a few... Cullen Harwood, Regional Sales Manager Great music, like great art, stands the test of time. While trends evolve, pants get tighter, hairstyle and color(s) vary, music and the legendary artists who create it have the potential to be eternal. For me, David Bowie was the ultimate representation of this. My youngest brother is 10 years my junior, and I have acted as a father figure to him. Riley is now the quintessential music lover, but when one day years ago he asked me if I had heard of The…

Wild and Weird: Remembering Lemmy and Bowie

@matt_sabbath ??⚡️?? A photo posted by Joy Howard (@joyrocker) on Jan 12, 2016 at 3:04pm PSTWhen Skynyrd’s plane went down, my sister stayed home from school and cried all day. I wanted to do the same thing yesterday: stay home from work and weep. David Bowie died two short weeks after Lemmy Kilmister. From my perspective, it should have been a day of national mourning. But we did work. Even at Sonos, we don’t take a day off when one of the greats like David Bowie passes away. And that’s okay, because we’re working as hard as we can every day to fill your home with music. This mission matters to me because of heroes like Bowie and Lemmy. Without them, our lives might be longer, but…

#ListenMore in 2016 Challenge: Are You Up For It?

Phewf! 2015 was a crazy year in music. Justin Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex made a hit. Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift's 1989 and it was awesome. Fetty Wap introduced trap queens to the mainstream, Silentó made us want to nae nae, and Adele reminded us all of our first heartbreak (and we cried more than a little bit about it). And the momentum is only growing in 2016. With so much goodness happening in music, this January we’re inviting you to step up your listening game. Expand your sonic boundaries. It’s a new year, we’ve got new ways to listen and millions of songs -- old and new -- waiting for you at the touch of a screen. Join us this month as we take on a new listening challenge every…

The Beatles Come Home for the Holidays

This is massive. At last, the most popular music catalog of all time -- every album from The Beatles -- will be available for streaming globally across all services beginning at midnight on December 24. This seachange could be the final shift in the way people listen to music. Except it’s more than a change in tide -- it’s the biggest wave the music world has seen of late. The Beatles are the most influential pop band in music history, and it makes complete sense that they should be accessible to all music lovers all of the time. But why now? It’s clear that streaming is how most listeners are now enjoying their favorite songs. It made no sense to deprive the world of some of the greatest…

Updated Rhapsody Beta Now on Sonos

It’s Here: The 50 Most Popular Songs of The Year featuring #wizkhalifa, #drake, #theweeknd, #nickiminaj & more. Hit our bio link & hear them all ? A video posted by Rhapsody (@rhapsodymusic) on Dec 14, 2015 at 10:25am PSTHow do you listen? That’s what Darryl Wood, VP of Engineering at Rhapsody, and his team of engineers wants to know. Not how does a software developer think you listen, or how does a record label think you listen, but how do you – yes, you, the one reading this article -- listen. And after a whole lot of data sifting, analyzing the zeros and ones and talking to users about what they want from their streaming music service, the new Rhapsody beta is ready for…

Holiday Cooking, With Music As Your Timer

How do you unwind? A photo posted by @sonos on May 6, 2015 at 4:09pm PDT’Tis the season for all things holiday, the time of the year when family, friends and colleagues celebrate in their own special ways. More often than not, these gatherings have two common denominators: food and music. Whether you’re hosting a big party, baking holiday treats as gifts or just bringing a side dish somewhere, any chef will tell you that preparation and timing are key ingredients. That, and fueling the kitchen with music. So we figured, why not bring music and kitchen prep together for you? Rather than blare cooking instructions through your Sonos (which, by the way, also makes a fantastic gift for…

‘Serial’ Is Back, and Is Now on Sonos

There’s a new season of Serial upon us … and Sarah Koenig’s calming voice can now fill your home through your Sonos speakers. The groundbreaking and hyper-popular podcast has returned for its second season, with the first episode dropping in somewhat stealth fashion on December 10. This season’s format remains the same, but the stakes are much higher as it will document the case of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. Army soldier who may or may not have deserted before being captured by the Taliban and held captive for five years before being part of a prisoner swap in 2014. At first, it was reason for celebration … but it was a brief one, as the reasons for his capture raised a whole lot of questions.…

Sonos Welcomes Apple Music to the Family

We are excited to tell you that Apple Music will be available on Sonos December 15th in beta. A beta is an early preview of the service, and an opportunity for people like you to help us shape the experience of listening to Apple Music on Sonos in your home. The teams at Apple and Sonos have been working very hard to bring Apple Music to Sonos, and look forward to hearing your feedback. Because it’s a preview, we know there are areas we’ll need to improve, and we’ll continue to do so throughout the beta. Apple Music is a fantastic service, and you will have the ability to stream all your favorite features, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music through our smart speakers tuned for…

The New PLAY:5: Designing the Future Through Collaboration

Starting November 20th, the new PLAY:5 is shipping and on shelves all over the U.S., reaching the rest of the world starting Wednesday, November 25th. Here, Sonos Studio illustrates the collaborative approach between design and engineering teams that led to our new flagship smart speaker. This article originally appeared in the print edition of Sonos Studio Zine, Vol.3. “You gotta get beyond thinking about a speaker. You gotta think beyond to what does it mean to hear music.” - Chris Kallai, Director of Engineering at Sonos.Can’t stop. Won’t stop. The all-new PLAY:5 and Trueplay coming to #Sonos this year. blog.sonos.com A photo posted by @sonos on Sep 28, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT…

Trueplay Speaker Tuning Is Here

Put your speakers wherever you want and still get great sound.I get a weird feeling every year when I visit the eye doctor. He asks me which set of lenses make the tiny letters look better. Click – how about this? OK, now this? What if I mess up and commit to the wrong one, and get prescribed glasses that are just a little bit fuzzy? My whole world will be just a tad blurry for the whole next year! It’s that unsure feeling that, for whatever reason, you just aren’t getting the most out of something. It's that doubt that creeps in when you order a nice bottle of wine at a restaurant and don’t know if you’ll be able to pick up the supposed notes of overripe huckleberry and wilted fennel on…

Our New PLAY:5 Makes Oprah’s List

She’s making a list, checking it twice. Dear Oprah, Thank you! What a pleasure to be one of your “Favorite Things" this year, and to be in the good company of so many hand-crafted products and talented makers. We love to see the cherry pie from our neighbor SweetLadyJane on your list, and know we’ll be ordering some of that hot sauce for our weekly taco lunches on the patio at our office. Thanks for all the great suggestions for entertaining at home too, including the letterpressed coasters and the artisanal cheese knives. No doubt they’ll get a lot of use this season — we don’t want anyone putting their drinks down on the PLAY:5! In honor of your spirit of giving, the Sonos team made a…

Come Together

My day starts with an awesomely chaotic mash-up of radio, podcasts and playlists battling it out across bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. It ends in the evening, when we all converge (more or less) on something we all love hearing. I’m fortunate that all day in between, I’m surrounded by music that inspires me, makes me laugh, or amps me up to slay a project like a heavy metal goddess of thunder. But I know that isn’t everyone’s reality. Somewhere over the past decade or so, we got so enamored with music’s portability that we somehow lost our connection to listening to it out loud back home. Out went radios, CDs, treasured mixtapes and vinyl, and in came mp3s, playlists, streaming services…

Behind the New PLAY:5 With Giles Martin

Science and art come together to bring the true sound of the recording studio into your home.The entire history of recorded music is at our fingertips and playing all around us. We hear it in the gym, in the pub, on the TV, in our earbuds. But if you’re doing something else and not really listening, music is just so much noise in the background. Which is fine as far as it goes. But when you are listening—really listening—to music, you should be able to hear everything inside it. Every nuance and emotion, every drumbeat and slide scratch. Great sound opens your ears and hits you right in the heart. Great sound makes you feel something. And only then are you truly connected to the music…

Get Ready for Prime Time

We believe technology should promise convenience, which is why we’re excited to work with Amazon to bring Prime Music to Sonos. Amazon shares our quest for the everyday simple.  Prime members already enjoy seamless shopping, the ability to magically make any product on earth show up at your door in 2 days or less. Sonos speakers and software are designed to blend into our lives, leaving just the simple everyday pleasure of music everywhere. Now in Beta on Sonos, Amazon Prime members can magically stream more than a million songs into their home, in an instant, for free. If you’re sick of making decisions, let Prime Stations create the soundtrack for your day.  Prime Stations are ad-free—you…

Sonos and Spotify: Better, Stronger

Creating the ultimate music experience in the home is what we do. Sonos Product Marketing team member Laura Cook walks through the latest Spotify enhancements and improvements we’ve just added.We believe that music, and not just the tunes themselves but also the way you listen, should get better with time. Like fine wine. And Steven Tyler, Meryl Streep and George Clooney. (Johnny Depp we’ll get back to you.) Sonos and Spotify have long partnered to let you enjoy the music you want in your home, so we are making some significant upgrades to ensure that you'll enjoy Spotify even more. Spotify Radio Integrating Spotify’s Radio feature has been a top ask from you for a while. We’re excited…

Welcome to the Next Great Era for Listening

Software is driving the next wave of audio innovation and it’s making music sound better than ever imaginable. Sonos Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten shares his perspective on the changing landscape of home audio with the introduction of our newest inventions. When file sharing exploded onto the Internet in the 90s, more than a century of recorded music was turned on its head. Our relationship with music has changed dramatically in the twenty plus years of innovation since. In the blink of an eye, the mixtape was replaced by the super-curated playlist, and social media superstars ushered in a new golden age of the live performance. The only constant has been change, and only one thing…

Sonos Studio London is Here!

Enjoy music as it should sound at our new home in London. This week, we open the doors to our new home in London and the second permanent Sonos Studio space. We’re committed to shaping the future of the listening experience and to doing so in close collaboration with the artists whose vision our products will realize. That’s why we launched Sonos Studio – first in Los Angeles in 2012, and now in London where we’ve built a unique, acoustically tunable space where anyone can go to hear music as it should sound; where artists can experiment and share new ideas; a connecting point for a global network of musicians and makers.Our audio teams seek to bring what happens in the studio into your…

Welcome to the New Sonos Community

Since 2005 our online communities have been home to everyone from those looking to dip their toes in the world of Sonos for the first time to our most hardcore fans. We learn from the hundreds of ideas, questions, and experiences that are shared with us every day. We’ve also learned how we can make an even better online resource for all you and are excited to share the recently launched, new Sonos Community.   Replacing forums.sonos.com and ask.sonos.com, all the conversations are now in one place, and it has never been easier to browse, join, and contribute. Over time we’re going to be adding more languages, forums for our beta programs, and much more. From today we’re also going to close…

Lisa’s Summer Playlist

At Sonos offices around the world, work is music and music is work. There’s a soundtrack to every day in the office, and depending on who picks the playlist, you may be treated to classic tunes, brand new artists, or a little bit of everything. This series introduces you to members of the Sonos band and gives you a peek into what we’re listening to at Sonos. Here is Lisa. Playlists are great no matter when or what the occasion. But summer playlists are some of my favorites. What I love most is that I can pick one point in time, when I love the same songs and just listen to them on my own over and over or share with friends while entertaining. Nothing like putting on a playlist while you are…

Introducing the PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition

Coming to Sonos.com on July 21st: An expression of Sonos sound and design in the purest form. The moment you first see the limited edition SONOS PLAY:1 Tone you realize–it’s what isn’t there that makes it stand out. The understated design speaks volumes, and its compact size blends gracefully with any room in your home.“We want our products to reframe how people think about technology in the home.  Part of how we do that is by focusing on simple things with innate power. This was our focus on PLAY:1 Tone. It’s a meditation on essentials.”   – Tad Toulis, Sonos VP of Design.The minimalistic tone-on-tone styling – presented in absolute black or pristine white – has a soft matte finish…

Summertime, and the Listenin’ is Easy

New updates to Sonos bring new streaming features and audio tuning for PLAY:1. It's that time once again, where the sound of clinking glasses, the smell of the hot grill and the chatter of good friends fills the air. One thing can make it even better - the music! Music makes everything great, especially getting together with friends, which is why we're excited to roll out some new features to Sonos, and to some of your favorite music services in time for summer fun. You may remember our post from May about new software and features that went into beta. These updates are now available, so keep an eye out for a prompt on your controller to get things started. Here are a couple of the cool…

Abbey Road: The Method and the Magic

“The magic of the place was immediate,” - Sir George Martin. Great music takes passion, knowledge, creativity, dedication and, sometimes, a little bit of magic. To bring that to your home in the most natural way, we’ve always looked closely to our friends. From artists to engineers, producers to music streaming services, each of them inspires us in some way to make your listening experience better. Abbey Road Studios is one of those connections. It needs no introduction for its role in shaping the music we listen to today and we are proud to be joining them on a path that explores the intricacies of that music making process to bring artist and listener closer together. Abbey Road and Sonos…

Listen up: Sonos Studio is coming to London

We are insatiably curious about music. We care deeply about how it sounds, and hold a profound respect for the artists that push its boundaries and shape its future. That’s why we launched Sonos Studio – a place where anyone can go to hear music as it should sound, where artists can experiment and share new ideas, and a connecting point for a global network of musicians and makers. Devoted to the shared pleasure of listening, Sonos Studio London is shaped by the music, art & technology that defines the UK capital. This acoustically tunable space will adapt to a continuously evolving programme of listening events, exhibitions, performance, workshops, artist talks and screenings. Since…

Spark Your 4th of July Playlist with New Music on Sonos

Whether a song is brand new or just new-to-you, discovering something unheard on your Sonos is always an adventure. With 60+ streaming services on Sonos, you have access to all the music on Earth, but where do you start? It becomes easy to lean on old favorites — nostalgic tracks from your childhood, dance tunes from your heyday, or streaming radio stations of your favorite genre — so, just in time for your 4th of July party, we decided to put together a new feature showcasing some of the songs that we’ve been enjoying this summer to help you discover something new on Sonos.Artist: Robert Glasper  Album: Covered Check this out: If you’re a fan of Jazz and Robert’s earlier music, this is a…

Spotify on Sonos Update

New features and improvements are available in beta for Android users starting today (iOS and desktop coming soon). Last month we announced a new set of tools to help us bring you more from our streaming music partners. Among the first to take advantage of these is Spotify. Now in beta, this update brings more of the Spotify features you enjoy in every room of your home through the Sonos Controller App, like genres + moods, time-of-day recommendations, and the ability to start a radio station from any artist or track. The update also includes performance improvements* for the long-term. After our customers listening to Spotify on Sonos experienced some issues during the holidays, I gave a…

Streaming Music Is Fundamentally Changing the Way We Listen

Streaming music is fundamentally changing the way we listen, and music lovers will be the real winners. Over the past 10 years, we at Sonos have had the privilege of a front-row seat as streaming music has evolved; we’ve watched inspiring innovative ideas and technologies emerge and take shape. Some of these flourished, while others faded away. Through it all, two things remained constant: The passion music fans feel for their favorite artists, and their determination to do whatever it takes to listen to the music they love. We’ve reached a watershed moment for streaming music. Music fans are taking advantage of a rapidly evolving landscape of technologies and services that are redefining…

Sonos Puts Roots Down in the Pacific Northwest

Turn up ‘The 206: Seattle Hip Hop’ playlist on Songza as the Sonos team heads to Seattle. Since we first got started in Santa Barbara in 2002, we have spread our wings to join communities all over the world as we work to fill every home with music. From our bi-coastal operations in the United States to our expanding teams in various offices across Europe, we celebrate the communities we live in and the innovation that follows. Seattle, Washington is a world-class city with a rich history in music and a growing hive of aspiring music and technology talent. For these reasons, Seattle is the perfect fit for our music-loving team as we continue our quest to bring listeners the ultimate music…

Tune the Beat Around

Coming soon on Sonos – sound enhancements for the PLAY:1, simpler setup for home theater, and more (now in beta). We’ve been inventing home audio for the digital age for over a decade. Anyone who’s purchased a single Sonos product knows we work hard to update and improve the performance, even after it’s in your home. Now things are about to get even better. Our next update for your Wireless HiFi System – Sonos 5.4* – includes a mix of features and enhancements that will be available for all in the coming weeks.Our sound experts continue to listen and experiment with Sonos speakers every day. With 18 months of learning since launching the PLAY:1 in 2013, we found a way to take what people…

A Victory for Innovation

By Craig Shelburne, Co-Founder & General Counsel Since creating Sonos in 2002, we have dedicated more than a decade to inventing home audio for the digital age. As interest has grown in our category, we have taken steps to be as transparent as possible with the industry about our inventions and where we intend to take them. We have worked tirelessly to bring product innovation to the market, which is reflected in each of our 300+ patent filings. We respect intellectual property rights of others, just as we hope others will respect ours. However, that does not mean we will tolerate baseless claims asserted against us. In 2012, a newly formed patent assertion entity (PAE) called Black…

Listen on Sonos: Five New Music Services

Deezer Elite, TIDAL, 22tracks, Mixcloud, and Saavn are the latest music services available to stream wirelessly on Sonos. Since 2005, we’ve added 60 different music streaming services worldwide to Sonos, and we’re taking this opportunity to highlight the five newest ones so you can continue with your music discovery at home. As your options increase, you can enjoy the one service of your choice or the few that will allow you to listen and explore exactly how you want to in every room of your home. Using our universal search feature, you can explore across all your services at the same time—quickly and easily. Whether you’re into services like Spotify, TuneIn, and SoundCloud or explore live…

Let the Good Times Roll

TIDALHiFi is now streaming Jay-Z, Arcade Fire, deadmau5 and more all over the house on Sonos.Today TIDALHiFi launched the first artist-owned high definition streaming music service. Available day one on your Sonos Wireless HiFi System in more than 30 countries - TIDALHiFi promises lossless FLAC streaming from over 25 million songs, expert-curated editorial, and most importantly, the perspective of artists who are bound to shake things up for the better. Artists are in tune with how people are listening to their music and they will play a vital role in shaping the future of how we experience it.  Until now, the artist lost control of how their music was listened to once it left the mix…

HD x HiFi

Now streaming Deezer Elite in more than 150 countries, only on Sonos.As the growth in streaming brings us new ways to listen and discover music, it is our goal to bring you the best way to experience all of it, all over your home. After launching Deezer Elite in the US in September of last year, today we’re excited to play Deezer Elite’s high definition streaming library for the rest of our listeners around the world. Exclusively on Sonos speakers and components, Deezer Elite not only offers millions of songs on-demand like its Premium+ plan, it also provides the music in CD quality, high definition audio (16-bit, 44.1kHz, FLAC lossless). Music files with higher bit-rates allow for more…

Update to Sonos 5.3 Plus Three Tips To Try Today

Moving music around your home just got easier and faster through the Sonos app for phones and tablets. Following beta testing over the last several weeks, Sonos 5.3 is now available for all supported iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. The update introduces some new things for your Sonos and fixes others that we did not get right with the release of the Sonos app last spring. You’ll enjoy simpler room control, an improved design for the tablet app, and a quicker way to move back and forth between screens. Here are a few tips to get acquainted with what’s new:   Three taps to party mode. Put the finishing touches on your party prep with a playlist to set the mood throughout the house.…

Limited Edition Blue Note PLAY:1 On Sale March 5

Calling all jazz lovers: Next Thursday you will be able to place an order on Sonos.com for our first limited edition speaker.The Blue Note PLAY:1 features a custom design and music experience inspired by more than 75 years of the finest in jazz and an iconic record label that continues to inspire modern music. If you are among the few thousand to get your hands on the Blue Note PLAY:1, you can enjoy an exclusive Blue Note channel built into your Sonos app with curated music from the greats including favorites from Don Was. Depending on where you are in the world, check pricing and the official on-sale times. Get yours while supplies last for $250 USD, $280 CAD, €250, and £220 starting…

Born in Blue: Introducing the Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1

Our first ever limited edition speaker celebrates more than 75 years of the finest in jazz with a custom design and access to exclusive playlists.   Sonos and Blue Note present the Born in Blue limited edition PLAY:1 speaker Legendary music deserves to be celebrated. Today, we pay tribute to the jazz legends, their art, and a record label founded on creating a timeless experience with music that captures the energy and emotion of a live performance. To commemorate 75 years and counting of Blue Note Records and a memorable year of collaborations together, we unveil the Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note Limited Edition. "Music is meant to convey an emotional message to the listener. You don't want…

A Little Bit Faster Now

Sonos software update 5.3 brings simpler room control and faster access to all your music in the Sonos app for smartphones and tablets. Android users can try it in beta today. When we launched our new Sonos app last spring, we applied everything we learned from our first ten years to bring you a flexible platform built to take you through all the great things to come in streaming. While we’ve received a lot of positive feedback for new features like the ability to search across all of your music sources in one place, we also heard from many of you that we made some things worse. It became more difficult to move music between rooms, the Sonos app for tablets did not make good use of the…

Your Music Should Never Stop Playing: An Update from Quality

Everything we do at Sonos is grounded in one thing – to create the ultimate experience with music in your home. Occasionally we fall short and you deserve an explanation. We have conducted a thorough investigation to ensure we improve in the future. Here is what we’ve found:December 25: This outage was due to an unprecedented number of connections coming into the Sonos servers that manage our Spotify interface. Although we tripled our capacity prior to the holiday period, we failed to adequately simulate the increased load in our testing. We are developing improved load-testing to avoid this in the future. December 26: As we worked on addressing the December 25 outage, we inadvertently…

Sonos At Home with Sean Foreman

We hung out with Sean Foreman, songwriter, musician, and one half of the electronic duo 3OH!3 at his house in Echo Park. Having moved to LA three years ago, Sean and his wife Melanie are part of a tight-knit community that surrounds them. Watch the film and read Sean’s thoughts below on how he and Melanie have created a home that encourages and inspires creativity.“We were lucky to collaborate with some incredible people starting out. Katy Perry, Lil Jon – we worked with Andrew WK on a song – people I looked up to before even venturing into this world. Now it’s even more diversified - we live literally a block away some of the dudes from the band Fun. Sia is right up the street from me…

Sonos Your Holidays

Does the line “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” strike joy or dread when you hear it each year? Either way, it means more time spent entertaining your friends and family. Last week, with the release of Sonos 5.2, we shared a few ways that Sonos can transform your holiday season and make time spent with loved ones even more enjoyable with music. Sometimes it is overwhelming to be the DJ of the party, especially with so many choices to set the mood. To help, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Songza, Deezer and Pandora to develop a quick and easy way to elevate the holidays with the perfect playlist. Whether you’re throwing an ugly sweater party for…

Turn Up the Holidays with Sonos 5.2

Every holiday moment in your home has its perfect music match. Whether you’re hosting or a guest at another’s home, our newest features (now available with the Sonos 5.2 software) make it easier than ever to transform your holiday parties and family traditions with music. Try them today along with some of our favorite tips and tricks to make every occasion one to remember. For the host:Curate the mood by adding tracks to the Sonos queue. If playlist building is not your thing, check out Hipster Holidays and Holiday Party Favorites on TuneIn from within your Sonos Controller App. Expand your world of music with new services including Deezer Elite in the U.S. and SoundCloud globally. Select…

Hear It The Way They Played It

As streaming makes it easier and faster to play all the music you love, it doesn’t mean it has to lose any of its soul. Hand in hand with all your favorite music and a wealth of music choices like SoundCloud and Deezer Elite, Sonos speakers bring you immersive sound in every corner of your home. Demonstrating how Sonos is the natural, pure connection between the music and the listener, Rodrigo y Gabriela take turns jamming with the SONOS PLAY:5, which captures all the little nuances, every strum and pluck from their amazing track, The Soundmaker.If you were impressed with the stylings of Rodrigo y Gabriela, check out this behind the scenes glimpse at how their two unique musical styles…

Introducing Sonos Software Update 5.2

Enjoy enhanced sound for your PLAYBAR and multi-account music service support. Try it today in beta.We invest in software and services to continue to give you more from your Sonos years after you first bring it to your home. This includes every part of the experience – from functionality, to an expanding portfolio of music services, and even the way your speaker sounds. This year we’ve made Sonos even easier, faster and more flexible to setup and control with Sonos software updates. With Sonos 5.2, available to try in beta today*, we’ve built on that and more. Enjoy a HiFi soundbar experience for your music with PLAYBAR sound enhancements. The new software update includes a release for…

Protecting What We Invented

By Craig Shelburne, Co-Founder & General Counsel In 2002, when Sonos was born, we set out to reinvent HiFi for the home – driven by our vision of legendary sound and an easy, reliable way to play any music, in any room, without wires. A vision that was radically different from the experience that was already known, and one that ultimately led to the Sonos Wireless HiFi System that many of you love and enjoy every day. What seems obvious today was an idea we crafted nearly alone for over ten years and against all odds, with a team of music lovers from around the world – diligently building, learning and revising a modern home music experience. Today, it seems like there’s a new entrant…

Boost Your Signal

Expand your wireless reach with our most powerful wireless accessory, available now for $99.No matter the strength of your Internet connection at home, rock-solid wireless is our standard. That’s why – alongside making Sonos even easier to get started last month with our new WiFi setup – we also introduced the SONOS BOOST.  Now available globally, BOOST is our most powerful wireless accessory, built to keep the music playing in even the most challenging WiFi conditions, no matter where you want to put a speaker in your home. Similar to the BRIDGE ($49 USD), BOOST connects directly to your router to create a dedicated network, allowing all your Sonos speakers and components to talk to each…

Sonos Your Home

We collaborate with some of the most interesting artists, directors, producers and curators in the world to help bring our story to life with music. In this new collection of films, we've imagined music's power to radically transform your home. Across a breadth of genres, the films bring different moods to life through music supervised by Jason Bentley: From the playful folk-pop of North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso's "Hey Mami"......to the sultry soul of the legendary Isaac Hayes with the "Theme from 'Shaft'"......the mellow sounds of UK indie rockers, alt-J with "Warm Foothills"......the fast pace and deep bass of "Hoochie Coochie" from English rockers Band of Skulls......the slow…

Live from Sonos Studio NYC: TuneIn Streaming Schedule

Sonos Studio NYC isn’t just for New Yorkers-- it is for music lovers everywhere. Open to the public today through October 5 for a weeklong exploration of the intersection of music, art and technology, Sonos Studio NYC will play host to live performances, panel discussions, workshops, screening and Q&As with some of music’s most progressive artists and thinkers. If you can’t be here with us, tune in to catch some of the programs as they happen. You can listen to more than a dozen events this week, including performances by Aloe Blacc and Flight Facilities, wherever you are in the world.   Here’s the full schedule:Join us from home To access the Live from Sonos Studio NYC station…

Sounds Of NYC

A Peek Inside a Sonos Studio NYC InstallationWe are a few days from opening the doors to Sonos Studio NYC at NeueHouse.* Six days, 30+ events, a fresh exploration of the intersection of music, art and technology. One of the installations at Sonos Studio NYC is “Sounds of NYC,” an interactive conceptual map of New York made from more than 300 Sonos PLAY:1 speakers and subs. We collaborated with interactive tech collective Perfect Fools to craft this ‘living’ piece of art that will automatically react to people moving in front of it. We are working with duo Big Noble (Daniel Kessler of Interpol and sound designer & artist Joseph Fraioli) to create an original soundscape for the…

Sonos Studio ADE 2014: October 16-18

Listen. Connect. Play. Sonos Studio returns to the Amsterdam Dance Event to explore the intersection of music, art and technology at the world’s largest celebration of dance music culture. Following its residency in New York, Sonos Studio will head to Mayer Manor in Amsterdam for the 2014 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Open to all, Sonos Studio ADE delves into the world of electronic music through a three-day series of listening parties, performances, screenings, conversations and connections with artists sharing their music and experiences. Come together with artists from across the spectrum of dance music for unique and intimate listening events in one of Amsterdam’s most striking…

Introducing Deezer Elite on Sonos

Stream your favorites in high definition audio with Deezer Elite on Sonos. US customers can try it in beta on September 15.Today, we take another step forward in bringing you closer to the music you love with the introduction of Deezer Elite, which offers high definition audio streaming, only available on Sonos. With a shared passion for high quality sound and a mission to make listening to the music you love easy, we’ve found a great partner in Deezer Elite to bring you:Access to millions of tracks in high definition audio (16-bit, 44.1kHz, FLAC lossless) to hear every nuance of your music, anywhere in your home, only on the Sonos Wireless HiFi System. Instantly stream your favorite…

Born in Blue

Immerse yourself in the music that has moved all of music-kind with Blue Note on Sonos. Together, with storied jazz label Blue Note Records, we bring some of the most legendary sounds ever captured to a modern experience, deeply rooted in our shared passions for music, high-fidelity sound, and the future of listening out loud at home. Blue Note’s renowned catalog traces the history of jazz, and with the launch of our all-new Blue Note Channel in honor of the label’s 75th anniversary, you’ll now have the privilege of touring these archives on Sonos. You can also enjoy Blue Note classics sampled for modern-day anthems on our Born in Blue channel and dig into Blue Note 101 for a primer on…

Sonos Studio Listening Room: Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club perform at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles Bombay Bicycle Club came by the Studio in LA to record an acoustic set for SiriusXM. We caught up with Ed and Suren in the Studio Listening Room afterward about how their sound has changed throughout the years, and what influenced them along their journey. NG: So you guys are on the road constantly. What’s life like when you’re at home? Ed: Well we still live with our parents at the moment. NG: No. Ed: Yeah we started touring so much we moved back in with our parents. Because that way when you’re on tour you don’t have to worry about rent or think about your house. You just have to think about what your mum’s doing to your shit. NG:…

Sonos Studio: An Evening with Ziggy Marley

What do you know about Ziggy Marley? Owner of six Grammy's, maker of a number of critically acclaimed albums, activist for important matters like education and healthcare, producer of a line of organic food - Ziggy is creative and productive, to say the least. With a rich musical heritage and music being a huge part of his life from the early days, Ziggy knows what he's doing and he does it well. The new album Fly Rasta, to be released on April 15th, is an album from Ziggy that is set to be nothing less than great if we have learnt anything throughout the years - and during his evening at Sonos Studio LA we got to experience it first hand. The thing is: it's about the music, how you…

Hometown HiFi: The Evolution of Sound System Culture

The rise of the sound system in Jamaica in the 1960s involved crowds flocking around speakers, eclipsing performers in popularity, and ultimately spread globally to form a musical revolution. The movement ignited a culture around listening out loud together that would influence a wide variety of music genres for decades to come. In the new Hometown HiFi exhibition at Sonos Studio, we wanted to explore the origins of the movement that played a significant role in what we bring to the world today. The following film takes you through the history of the sound system from individuals who have played a part - including Seb Carayol, a noted expert in Dub culture and Hometown HiFi curator, as well…

At Home with Andrew Scheps

As part of our Sonos at Home series we hung out with 2-time GRAMMY-winning sound engineer Andrew Scheps at his home in Van Nuys, CA. Scheps has helped the The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Adele, Beyoncé and scores of others to, as he puts it: “make emotion come out of the speakers.” As you might suspect, behind that modest mantra things are a bit more complicated: analyzing, understanding, and balancing the music the artist records with technology’s ability to accurately reproduce it. And the advent of the web brought new challenges, but also new opportunities. “We've always been told we have to sacrifice quality for convenience,” says Scheps, perhaps pondering his word choice, “but now we…

Sonos and Our Commitment to Innovation

By Craig Shelburne, Sonos Co-Founder + General Counsel Twelve years ago, I was fortunate enough to join the initial team at Sonos that set out to reinvent home audio. We believed this could be achieved by marrying software, audio hardware and online music services, and we’ve focused exclusively on this mission since day one. The result? We created an entirely new category of speakers that are wireless and multi-room. During this time, we’ve developed numerous key inventions, displayed in our products and explained in detail through more than 200 patent filings. For many years, we felt alone in our mission, but always knew a time would come when that would change. Today, wireless speakers…

At Home with Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob

You’ve probably heard us say we want to fill your home with music, but what does that look like? And what does it sound like? We’re launching the Sonos at Home series to answer those very questions. We get that sometimes it’s inspiring to simply see what people are doing with their Sonos systems: how they’ve setup certain rooms, how it’s changed their listening habits, and how it’s making listening to music throughout their home easier, and more enjoyable. We’re thrilled to kick off this series with Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob. Watch the film below as Boreta shares how Sonos has changed the way he listens to music. Take a tour of his LA home, and sit with him in his living room as he…

The Making of PLAY:1 and PLAYBAR

Music lovers to the core, we aim to elevate the music experience with every product we create. We recently caught up with our Product Design Team to jump head first into the development of the mini but mighty, PLAY:1 and the Sonos PLAYBAR. Sonos product and design teams share what carried the PLAY:1 and PLAYBAR from initial concepts into the homes of music lovers around the world. Take a look into the Sonos lab in our video, and ask any questions you have in the comments below.   

Dwell at the Sonos Studio: How to Make Every Room Sound Great

Dwell Editor Erika Heet hosted an intimate discussion and audience Q&A at the Sonos Studio with Tad Toulis, VP of Design at Sonos, and Sonos Studio lead architect Rania Alomar from RA-DA Architects. Together the three discussed the changing challenges of designing spaces for sound and how everyone from space designers, to architects to everyday music enthusiasts can help shape the sound in their home. Alomar began by describing her approach to every project, “avoid construction and improvise with the space.” Toulis extrapolated on how the importance of flexibility and improvisation in sound design has shaped the team’s vision behind the design of every product. “The Sonos founders and…

Introducing the new SONOS PLAY:1

Filling your home with music has never been easier or more affordable. We’ve spent the last decade building products on the belief that music lovers (like us) should be able to have it all – play all the music on the planet, control it the way you want, and enjoy amazing high fidelity sound, wirelessly in every room of your home. Over the years, we’ve built a portfolio of smart speakers to deliver on that promise. In March of this year, we expanded our product family with the introduction of PLAYBAR, combining great sound for your TV with all your favorite music. Our next mission was to bring the Sonos experience to even more music lovers everywhere. Today, we’re excited to introduce our…

Erykah Badu Performs With Robert Glasper Experiment – Sonos Studio @ SXSW

Erykah Badu joins Robert Glasper and his band onstage for an exclusive, intimate performance at SXSW. Plus, the Grammy-winning musician talks collaboration and musical inspiration.  

PLAYBAR in Stores Today

Today is the day. PLAYBAR is now available in stores across the globe starting today. Shop online or find your nearest Sonos retailer using our store locator. (For PLAYBAR availability choose 'Advanced Filter' and check PLAYBAR). And if you haven't yet experienced PLAYBAR's potential, take a look at the video below:    The PLAYBAR means: six mid-woofers, three tweeters, 24 million calculations every second, add a SUB or even two PLAY:3s for a 5.1 experience, Night Sound. It's time to unleash your TV sound AND all the music on earth. Learn more about what the PLAYBAR can do here.

Introducing the new SONOS PLAYBAR

The next stage of home theater, amazing Sonos HiFi sound for your television and all the music on earth come together in a radically simple way. Unleash your TV Sound. Unleash all the music on earth with the new SONOS PLAYBAR:  The newest creation from the Sonos team is the perfect complement to your home theater: Never before has wireless HiFi audio been this easy. Simply plug PLAYBAR into your TV and any Sonos component into your router. Control the volume with your TV remote or one of the free Sonos controller apps. PLAYBAR’s built-in sensors will automatically orient the audio channels and adjust the EQs for the perfect sound. Six mid-woofers provide deep, rich low frequency…

SONOS and The FADER Create Wondaland West with Janelle Monáe (Part I, II & III)

Janelle Monáe and the Wondaland Arts Society made their way to LA to create Wondaland West from their home in Atlanta with our friends from Fader. Together we tracked their stories and experiences along the way. Watch Part 1 which reveals a closer look of the Wondaland Arts Society in Atlanta first seen in the Sonos TV commercial. Featuring Janelle Monáe, Deep Cotton and Roman Gianarthur.Part II features a live performance and interview from Wondaland band Deep Cotton. Featuring Janelle Monáe & Deep Cotton.Part III features a live performance and interview from Roman Gianarthur.

Janelle Monáe on the Music in her Life

Janelle Monáe has been called a style provocateur; an individual cleverly redefining the modern idea of the musical artist.  And she is someone who has done this the only way imaginable - her own. We recently sat down with Janelle to talk about what music inspires her, what makes her tick, and what we can expect from the newest Sonos artist and COVERGIRL. Sonos: Huge thanks again to you and your friends and creative collaborators The Wondaland Arts Society for appearing in our new ad campaign and opening  the Wondaland headquarters to us for the shoot. Janelle Monáe: We had a great time working on the video. I think it really shows the Wondaland Arts Society in full effect and reflects our…

SONOS SUB is here

Take your whole Sonos system one seismic step closer to the spine-curling, jaw-dropping, full body experience music was meant to be. Today, the newest, deepest addition to the Sonos Wireless HiFi System is now available. Get all SUB facts here.  

Center of Attention at the Sonos Studio

To inaugurate the Sonos Studio with our first cycle of programming we went straight to the core of what this is all about: Listening. The events and exhibition “Center of Attention” by multimedia artist Luke Fischbeck are about sharing the experience of listening out loud. To that end, Luke created a giant musical instrument, playable by any number of participants at once. Get an up-close take on the interactive, touch-activated installation in the video below. If you're in the L.A. area, we invite you to stop by the Studio to experience "Center of Attention" for yourself. The exhibit runs until June 10.  

Listening is Back: Questlove’s shoe lair soundtrack

Sonos is on a mission to bring music listening back to the home. And who better to help us spread the word than some of the most discriminating listeners around? We started exploring listening moments with deadmau5, who took us through a morning of music in his Toronto home and then shared his own experience with Sonos. As the next installment in our series, we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how drummer and DJ Questlove enjoys listening in his New York City loft. Hint: It involves a hair pick, lots of Nikes, and three kinds of stir-fry.Want to listen to the music Questlove was listening to during his day? Hear it on Rhapsody. This playlist includes these tracks and more:…

Introducing SUB

On June 19, the newest, deepest addition to the Sonos family arrives: the Sonos SUB. It’s going to take the whole Sonos System one seismic step closer to the spine-curling, jaw-dropping, full body experience music was meant to be.  Whether you’re listening to Beethoven’s thunderous 5th or the pounding bassline of the latest four-on-the-floor obsession, the new SUB will fill any room with thick layers of bottomless sound that let you hear and feel the weight of every chord, kick, splash and roll. Place it anywhere in a room, plug it into a power source, press a button and follow some simple prompts on your controller. The SUB wirelessly connects with your other Sonos components for a…

The Sonos Listening Library: Where sound and design meet

Joining in on Cool Hunting’s takeover of the Standard Hotel, East Village, we have transformed and tuned the Sonos Listening Library as part of the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and Noho Design Week. The intersection between the interior of the room and the sound you explore as you move through the space challenges the way we think about design and technology together—creating an acoustically and aesthetically friendly environment to listen to music. Similar to the newly created Sonos Studio, a listening-focused gallery in the heart of Los Angeles, the Listening Library’s debut at New York’s design week includes modifications according to acoustic principles such…

Listening In: Jimmy Cliff performs at Sonos Studio

It’s 5:47pm on Wednesday and the Sonos Studio is beginning to fill up. The din of an Ornette Coleman record and everyone enjoying themselves creeps under the door and seeps through the walls of the Listening Room. There, lounging with legs crossed on a cowhide couch, Jimmy Cliff is telling a story about his childhood. He explains with a grin that, growing up in Jamaica, he went with his parents to church. “The kind of church it was was about singing and music and that. So I liked that…I enjoyed it because of the release of the emotion.” Now, at 64 years old, it’s tough to single out the most accomplished aspect of Jimmy’s musical career. He has written what Bob Dylan called one of the…

The Sonos Studio: Listening, Sonos-style

Today, we’re introducing the Sonos Studio, an acoustically-designed gallery that celebrates music listening and serves as the best place in Los Angeles to experience Sonos first-hand. The space explores the intersection of music, art and technology by hosting exhibitions, intimate concerts, listening parties, film screenings, lectures, workshops and more.  The 4,000 square foot studio, located in LA’s La Brea Art and Design District, is a sonically-tuned venue with custom-built seven-degree canted gallery walls, strategically placed pyramidal sound-dispersing foam tiles, and a purposefully built listening room – all designed to build the best place to listen to music,  Sonos-style.…

Listening Is Back

From day one, our mission has been to make listening to music at home amazing again. Music doesn’t have to be tucked away in headphones or just background to other activity; it can be savored in your space as the integral moment. Sonos celebrates this fact, making listening easy and big and fun by letting you stream all the music on earth, in any room, wirelessly. So what’s this experience like if you have some of the most discerning music ears in the world? We’ve collaborated with several artists to capture the answer. First up, a sneak peek inside electronic artist deadmau5’s new Toronto home as he grooves through his morning routine with a fitting playlist, some toast and his cat,…

How To Use Line-In On Sonos

Let’s say you have an old friend in town. And this old friend has a sudden urge to listen to that favorite vinyl you both love … for old times sake. Or, how about when you are cooking in the kitchen, dying to hear that vinyl (or hey, maybe it’s a favorite CD!) that’s playing in the living room — what’s a Sonos lover to do? Use the line-in on your player to listen out loud. Simply connect your favorite external audio source like a MP3 player or turntable to your PLAY:5, CONNECT, or CONNECT:AMP and stream to any Sonos component in your house. Here’s how it’s done. Step 1: Connect your audio source to your Sonos player.Connect an MP3 player to a PLAY:5: Using the audio cable that came with…

Now streaming music in one million rooms

That’s right, Sonos has gone platinum— as of today, we’re officially streaming music in more than one million rooms around the world.   That means there’s music blasting everywhere from kitchens in Paris to roof decks in New York City. We think that totally rocks, so thanks for helping us make this happen. It’s hard to believe that it all started back in 2002, when our fearless founders decided to reinvent the home stereo for the digital age. We shipped our first product in 2005 and now you can find our Wireless HiFi Systems in over one million rooms. But don’t worry, we have no intention of resting on our laurels – we will charge full-speed ahead in our efforts to bring you a simple,…

Introducing the PLAY:3

Sonos is thrilled to announce the launch of our latest all-in-one player, the PLAY:3. Available starting today, the PLAY:3 is compact enough to fit almost anywhere you want music at home—even smaller rooms and surfaces. And because versatility is key for tight spaces, we built the PLAY:3 to work both vertically and horizontally. Position the PLAY:3 any way you want it. Of course, just because we've designed the PLAY:3 with a diminutive footprint doesn't mean we left out big Sonos sound. The PLAY:3 features three speakers powered  by three dedicated digital amps, so you'll be able to enjoy the Sonos's signature HiFi quality. And like the PLAY:5 before it, our newest player also offers Stereo…