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It Happened In Music: Otis Redding and Stax

On December 7, 1967, Otis Redding wrapped up his recording of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” at Stax Records in Memphis. During the recording session, he forgot the words to a fadeout section and substituted the whistle that famously ends the song. It would be his last session at the legendary studio. He […]

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Courageous and contentious cover songs

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Case in point: the cover song. We rounded up some of the best known covers and graphed them according to faithfulness to the original and their overall quality. Which songs would you move around on the chart? What songs would you add and where would you […]

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Special Edition PLAY:5s to debut at Miami art fair

This week in Miami, Sonos will kick off an exciting product collaboration with the visionary artists at Creative Growth, the largest art center for adults with disabilities. Four select artists– Susan Janow, Donald Mitchell, Gerone Spruill and Aurie Ramirez–have created eight unique images to be digitally printed onto the grills of a limited run of […]

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Tip: Switch smoothly from Napster to Rhapsody

You’ve probably already heard the news that Napster is merging into Rhapsody. Today, that move becomes official for all Sonos users in the U.S. What does that mean for Napster users? Well, it will be a bit of a transition. Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to millions of songs and hundreds of radio stations, […]

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Mission Control: Android tablet ready for takeoff

Sonos is on a mission—to let you control your music any way you want. And that now includes Android tablets.  With the free Sonos Controller for Android you can fire up your favorite tablet–perhaps the Kindle Fire or the Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab–start reading your favorite blog, and wirelessly control all your favorite […]

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Now Playing: Slacker Radio

Attention all Slacker fans–and soon to be Slacker fans–now you can listen out loud to Slacker Radio on Sonos in any room of the house. And it doesn’t have to cost you a dime. To get started, create a free account online, and then add the service on any Sonos controller. Slacker Personal Radio (available […]

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Introducing: Sonos Labs

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

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Spotify makes strides

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

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It Happened In Music: Live from Carnegie Hall

Fifty-four years ago today, Carnegie Hall hosted some of jazz’s greatest: the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane. In honor of this historic moment in musical history, we’re featuring a playlist with a couple live recordings from this landmark performance as well as a selection of songs by other musicians who played that night. Have […]

Viva La Revolucion

It Happened In Music: Viva La Revolución

On November 20, 1975 Generalisimo Francisco Franco dies, marking the end of authoritarian rule in Spain and the beginning of an explosion in Spanish arts and culture. Many songs containing religious, political, or sexual messages were banned under the dictatorship for conflicting with Franco’s nationalist idea of a unified Spanish culture. This IHIM contains two […]

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Rate your all-in-one player

One of our missions here at Sonos is to make sure anyone who takes home one of our products is happy as a clam. Which is why we’re so excited to launch a new feature in our shop that allows customers to rate and review our all-in-one players, the PLAY:3 and PLAY:5. (Ratings for other […]