The original Magnavox

It Happened In Music: Introducing the loudspeaker

On this day in 1915, the first practical application of moving-coil loudspeaker was invented by Peter Jensen and Edwin Pridham in Napa, California. The design brought together an electroacoustic transducer that produced sound in response to an electrical audio signal input—the same electro-dynamic principle that drives virtually every modern loudspeaker you use in your car, […]

100 years of Fenway Park

It Happened In Music: 100 years of Fenway

As the oldest operating Major League ballpark in the country, Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts is celebrating 100 years today. Currently home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway has hosted some of the biggest triumphs and defeats in MLB history. Appropriately, we’re celebrating this momentous occasion with music. Music has long been a cornerstone of […]

Wham Make It Big

It Happened in Music: Western pop invades China

On this day in 1985, Wham!–the musical duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley–became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. Of course, Make It Big (the album in question) was merely the opener of the floodgates–Western music has since invaded the expansive country. In honor of this musical […]

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Opening Day: The songs of baseball

Music is an integral part of America’s favorite past time, which features everything from the national anthem to batters’ walk-up songs to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” We thought it fitting, then, to celebrate Opening Day with a mix of songs dedicated to baseball.  Subscribe to this playlist via Spotify to listen on Sonos. […]

While You Work

A Spotify playlist for your workweek

If you count yourself among the many who find music to be an integral part of your workday, there’s a good way to ensure you get your daily dose: playlists, and lots of them. Or you could just listen to one massive playlist that’s long enough to take you through the entire week. And if […]

On the wall at the SPIN Shed

That’s a wrap: Sonos at SXSW 2012

SXSW might be over but the Sonos crew is still buzzing from all the action in Austin, thanks in no small part to our many awesome partners. A big shout out to the tremendous crew at the SPIN Shed (posted up at Stubbs BBQ) and to Spotify, MOG, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and Buzzmedia for connecting us […]

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Willkommen in Deutschland, Spotify

Musikstreaming erobert die Welt im Sturm. Die neueste Brise kommt von Spotify, die heute ihr Versprechen eingelöst haben Deutschland mit mehr als 15 Millionen Songs on-demand zu versorgen. Ob man Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” hören möchte oder eher in der Stimmung für die härteren Töne von Rammstein ist, alle musikalischen Gelüste können mit einem einfachen Knopfdruck befriedigt werden. […]

Daytona 500

Gear up for race day with a Daytona 500 playlist

Even if you’re the most diehard race fan on the planet, we’re willing to bet that the sound of engines in all their Doppler affected glory isn’t the only sound you enjoy. And much like you, some of racing’s biggest names are avid music fans. Even one of the biggest events in the sport incorporates […]

The Beatles last live performance

It Happened In Music: The End of an Era

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles play a lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes, it is the last time The Beatles perform live. The performance, which was filmed for the Let It Be movie, is stopped early by police after neighbors […]

Nirvana, circa 1988

It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

On January 23, 1988, Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. It was this tape that made it into the hands of  Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of Sub Pop records. After hearing the demo, he offers to put out a Nirvana single. This historic event set the Seattle sound into motion, […]

Grantland 2011 playlist

Grantland’s favorite songs of 2011

The folks over at Grantland have their fingers on the pulse of pop culture, so it’s no surprise that they kept a keen eye on the course of music over 2011. What’s the consensus? “It got real weird.” We’ll let you be the judge of that, but if you’re looking for an interesting cross-section of […]