Mix Master Mike: How the Beastie Boys Turntablist Finds Unexpected Inspiration in His Huge Vinyl Collection

Mix Master Mike has been the Beastie Boys’ resident DJ and turntablist since 1998’s “Hello Nasty.” These days the musical pioneer bounces between a variety of projects, from spinning for Cypress Hill to working on a solo virtual reality album. He’s also been live-scoring the emotionally charged Live & Direct tour for the Beastie Boys Book. We caught up with Mix Master Mike on the road in Paris to learn more about his listening habits, the most prized gems in his collection of 80,000 records, and why he finds inspiration in Dirty Harry.

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Cut, Paste, Listen: How Artist Cody Hudson Uses Music To Shape the Patterns in His Work

When we asked artist Cody Hudson to design a new holiday gift-wrapping paper, we figured the process would involve a lot of abstract shapes–and of course, a pretty good playlist or two. We recently visited Hudson in his Chicago studio to learn about the creative interplay between patterns, shapes, colors, and sounds that comes alive in his work.

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Sonos Soundwaves

Why Sonos Is Dialing Up Support For Music Education

Playing music has a powerful impact on young minds and lives. Sonos Soundwaves, our new social impact program, aims to support music education at a time when it's needed most.

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How To Turn Sonos into a Music-Powered Party Game

It’s simple. Each round features a music-focused prompt that can only be answered with a song. Just gather some friends and fire up the Sonos queue.

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Beastie Boys

An Inevitable Collab: Why Sonos and Beastie Boys Teamed Up to Make a New Play:5

The story behind our partnership with the Beastie Boys—and the new limited edition Play:5 featuring artwork by Barry McGee--goes all the way back to the earliest days of Sonos.

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An Update on Bringing the Google Assistant to Sonos

The Sonos team has been hard at work with our partners at Google to bring you yet another easy way to control your Sonos system: the Google Assistant. Google’s remarkably smart voice assistant will let you do all kinds of things on Sonos; playing music with your voice is just the beginning of what’s possible.

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Sound and Color: How Sonos and HAY Reimagined the Sonos One in Five New Colors

Our collaboration with Danish furnishings brand HAY gives the Sonos One smart speaker the kind of enhancement you won’t find in a software update: Five new colors hand-selected from HAY’s 2018 palette.

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Chris Jenkins: How an Acclaimed Hollywood Sound Creator Listens at Home

Academy Award-winning film sound engineer Chris Jenkins spends his days crafting sonic landscapes for movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fifth Element. The studio headphones may come off by the time he gets home, but the listening is just getting started.

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Behind the Scenes: How We Made the New Sonos Amp

To create the most versatile and powerful amplifier possible, Sonos engineers and designers had to rethink just about everything, right down to the heatsink. But first, we had to listen.

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Sonic Architecture: How Sonos Amp Powers New Possibilities in Home Sound

When we think of sound as just another element in the design of physical spaces—like light, color, or various materials—a new range of experiential possibilities opens up. Soon, the new Sonos Amp will offer a new way to power the sound of those experiences.

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How Sonos and Nasdaq Partnered to Redesign the Sound of the Nasdaq Bell

Sonos is bringing our obsession with sound to the Nasdaq Stock Exchange through a unique creative collaboration.

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How Sonos Works With Creators to Fine-Tune the Home Sound Experience

Sonos uses a unique blend of science and art to ensure your favorite music, movies, and TV shows sound the way their creators intended.

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These Movies, TV Shows, and Songs Sound Amazing on Sonos Beam—We Know, We Tested Them

Setting up your new Sonos Beam? Here are some of the shows, movies, and music we used to fine-tune the sound of the smart, compact soundbar. Go ahead and give them a listen.

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AirPlay 2 is Here: 5 Things the Sonos System Can Do Now

The arrival of AirPlay 2 on Sonos opens your home sound system up to a whole new world of listening possibilities—And way more.

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Sonos Beam is the Smart, Compact Soundbar for Your TV (and Everything Else)

Our latest smart speaker packs room-filling sound, voice control, new features, and access to more content than ever into a surprisingly compact size.

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How Sonos and IKEA Plan to Furnish Homes Through Sound And Design

During this year’s Democratic Design Days event, IKEA unveiled early prototypes of SYMFONISK, our upcoming collaboration aimed at democratizing sound and design in the home. Here’s what inspired the project and how we hope to enhance listening—and life—at home.

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Can House Music Help Disrupt Mass Incarceration?

It might sound far-fetched, but this is what Bring Down the Walls, a month-long project by led New York arts nonprofit Creative Time, aims to do. One part social justice workshop, one part dance club, and one part concept album, the initiative takes a hard look at criminal justice issues through the lens of house music.

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Artists at Play: In the Studio With 44flavours

For Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle--better known as as the Berlin-based art duo 44 Flavours--creativity begins and ends with fun.

Eclectic, idiosyncratic, chaotic yet skillfully composed and playful. These words are more typically used by music critics for album reviews, but they’re just as well suited to the oeuvre of 44flavours, the Berlin-based art duo/mixed-media collective comprised of Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle.

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A (Final) Update on Sonos v. Denon: Turning the Page

Today, Sonos and Sound United signed an agreement to resolve all patent infringement litigation between the two companies. The terms are confidential.

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Mette Hay on Designing A Home With Sound And Color

When Mette and Rolf Hay first visited their summer home on the Danish coast, it was love at first sight. Today, the co-founders of trailblazing design brand HAY--which produces a broad range of products like stationery, storage, tableware, and textiles--come here for cozy holidays with family and weekends of creative inspiration.

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Inside David Bowie’s Berlin: How The City Transformed His Music

On April 12, 2018, Tony Visconti, Alison Goldfrapp, Gudrun Gut and Michael Rother gathered to celebrate the grand opening of our Berlin store, share their memories of David Bowie’s famed Berlin Trilogy and revisit its reverberating impact on the city’s cultural landscape.

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In The Studio With Gonzo Illustrator Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman is the anarchic artist behind some of the most memorable illustrations of the 20th century and beyond. He’s also drawn to music: Besides honing his amateur trumpet skills, Steadman has produced his own record and has designed numerous original album artworks that are now part of an exhibition at the SONOS London and New York flagship stores.

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An Update on Sonos Speaker Support For AirPlay 2

Last October we shared that we would be bringing Apple AirPlay 2 to Sonos. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer – including YouTube videos and Netflix movies – on Sonos speakers throughout the house. You will also be able to ask any Siri-enabled device to control Apple Music on Sonos speakers.

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When did Smart Homes get so dumb?

When Did Smart Homes Get So Dumb?

I have to admit, I never thought my house was dull or bland to begin with. It has everything I love inside: from my husband and child, to my clever dog (seriously she’s great) to my favorite music on demand and instant access to some of the most incredible cultural moments happening anywhere. If you step back and think about it, it’s kind of amazing.

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We’re Updating the Sonos Privacy Statement

We’ve recently added some further detail and simplified the language in our Privacy Statement, making it easier for you to understand what data we collect, how we use it and your rights to manage that information.

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How We’re Celebrating Record Store Day 2018

This Saturday we’ll join millions of people around the world in celebrating Record Store Day. Even as the explosion of streaming supercharges the music industry and changes how we listen, we need these physical hubs of cultural discovery more than ever. Here’s how we’re marking the occasion.

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To have and to hold – listening to vinyl with Sonos

How To Listen to Vinyl With Sonos

With vinyl stronger than ever, we’ve made it simple to hook up your turntable to your Sonos system and listen out loud to all the records you love.

Once connected, you can enjoy the best of all worlds. Whether spinning or streaming, you can listen to all your music, all in one place, and go fill your home with sound.

Here’s how…

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The HAY Sonos One Explores Color And Sound Through A Unique Collaboration

Our new partnership with HAY reimagines Sonos One with the Danish brand’s contemporary approach to color, exploring the relationship between sound and design in the home.

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Guten Tag, Berlin: Why Sonos Opened A Store In Germany’s Hub of Culture and Innovation

Our new retail outpost in Berlin echoes the cultural spirit of the city and showcases the Sonos listening experience—all in 2000 square feet.

When we started thinking about where to open the next Sonos store, Berlin was high on the list. After successfully launching in New York City and London, we knew we needed a find another city that embodies the intersection of creativity and innovation. Few places do that better than Berlin. With its rich legacy across music genres and vibrant art scene, the German capital has become an international cultural mecca. It’s also Europe’s fastest-growing technology hub.

The bleeding edge of sound, creativity, and innovation all in one place? Sounds like our kind of city.

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Andrew Bird and Katherine Tsina on Echolocating the Perfect-Sounding Home

Musician Andrew Bird and designer Katherine Tsina are NY transplants who have fallen in love with their newfound LA lifestyle. Bird is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and violinist, and Katherine Tsina is designer of custom clothier Avion. They live and work in a sprawling 1920’s Spanish-style home in Los Feliz with their young son.

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Why We’re Pulling Our Ads from Big Tech Platforms Next Week

We are concerned by the recent revelations about Facebook and the exploitation of its platform. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, like many recent headlines coming out of Silicon Valley, raises questions about whether Big Tech is doing enough to balance its own interests with one of its biggest responsibilities: Safeguarding your privacy.

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Audible is on Sonos: 5 Audiobooks to Listen to Now

It’s rare to block out your unending to-do list and take a minute to just relax with a good book. But if time is a luxury, then so is reading. We think there’s something wrong with that, which is why we’re excited to announce that Audible is now available on Sonos.

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An interview with Ben Eine

We caught up with one of the art world’s more expressive characters, internationally renowned master of type Ben Eine, at his train side London studio and converted vinegar factory loft talking about creativity, what Listen Better means to him and how music influences his art and life. As a letter and wordsmith, there’s no mistaking Eine’s hand, with his alphabets recognised on streets and canvases the world over.

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These 7 Badass Female Creatives Want To Help You Listen Better

In Sonos’s quest to enable better listening, we can't help but notice the deafening silence: Far too often, underrepresented voices go missing in all the noise, even as the sonic internet opens up new platforms and possibilities. With each day, the need to amplify important conversations and foster communities that enable women to be heard only gets more pressing.

That’s why we’re introducing the Sonos Sound Collective, a community of seven badass, creative women in Los Angeles who will spend the year exploring what it means to listen better. Throughout the year, each woman will spark conversations by asking questions about the world around (and within) themselves, using sound as an exploratory tool to craft a deeper dialogue.

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Honoring Women In Music and Tech On International Women’s Day

I’ll never forget the night I decided I was finished with the music industry. I’d spent the better part of the 90s in a band, singing and playing bass in clubs across the country. I also managed the business side of things, making sure we got paid and even brokering a record deal with a label.

By 1999, I’d lost count of all the venues we’d played and all the cocky sound guys who felt compelled to mansplain my amp to me during sound checks. And I was tired. Tired of being talked down to. Tired of fighting for the money I earned. Tired of trying to make my voice heard whenever I was on stage (thanks again, sound guy), as well as when I was off.

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Sound Baths: Sara Auster on Deep Listening

Sara Auster wants you to relax. As our lives fill up with the noise of digital notifications and attention-sucking screens, the New York-based musician and sound therapist wants to help others unplug, pause, and live more mindfully. But rather than using her own words to guide you through a meditation as you might expect, she uses sound.

It’s called a sound bath. Using crystal singing bowls and other unconventional musical instruments, Auster crafts her own room-filling, atonal soundscapes that are designed to immerse the listener and ease the mind. Through deep listening, she believes, we can rise above the mental fatigue of daily life and learn to focus again.

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Celebrate Music Freedom By Supporting These Censored Musicians

What would the world be like without music? For the past decade, Freemuse, a leading free expression organization based in Denmark, has been asking that provocative question of music lovers. Music Freedom Day (March 3) aims to raise awareness about censorship and to celebrate the courageous musicians practicing their art in the face of adversity.

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How ‘Baby Driver’ Sound Designer Julian Slater Redefines Storytelling Through Immersive Sound

Baby Driver is a film that’s made of music. Sound designer Julian Slater wants to make sure you won’t miss a single sonic detail.

For even the most talented Hollywood sound gurus, the creative process can end on an agonizing note. No matter how much effort sound designers, engineers, and composers put into the sonic landscape of a film, they know how most of us watch it at home: On devices that just aren’t optimized to sound great. Televisions with cheap built-in speakers. Laptops. Even smartphones. In their quest to cram our lives with as many screens as possible, it seems big technology companies often overlook an important detail: The way things sound.

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Karen Kimmel & James Bond

Creator Homes: Listening Together With Karen Kimmel And James Bond

Karen Kimmel and James Bond are a couple of creative powerhouses. Kimmel is a multi-disciplinary artist who also consults for a slew of major brands, while Bond is the founder of cult streetwear line Undefeated. They share their mid-century abode in Los Feliz with their two children and a veritable gallery of contemporary art.

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Introducing the Sonos One

The Making of Sonos One, the Smarter Speaker

Every previous project at Sonos had come out of rigorous planning and long lead times. How, in only 18 months, would we build a voice-enabled speaker for a multi-room sound system that would meet our perfectionistic standards? We'd just spent nearly twice that amount of time developing Playbase, which didn't even have the added complexity of voice control.

The team immediately got to work on what would become Sonos One, our first-ever smart speaker and most ambitious project to date. Its creation, recounted by several insiders, reveals a customer-centric ethos and innovative future ahead.

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Using Immersive Sound To Bring The Big Game To Life

Is it really the “big game” if it sounds small? We would argue—at the risk of sounding a bit self-serving—that no, it’s not. Hear us out: It doesn’t matter how pristine the picture is on that giant new 4K television. Not even a pricey pair of stereo speakers will really do it justice. If you aren’t immersing yourself in every sonic detail of every play on Sunday—grunts, crunches, halftime melodies, and all—you’re missing out.

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Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Join the battle for the net

We're grateful for and inspired by everyone who joined us in support of net neutrality this weekend. The tweets, which you can see below, reflect the urgency of this issue and the diversity of artists and organizations standing shoulder to shoulder in support. Our next action will be February 27. Please consider joining the fight at www.battleforthenet.com.

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Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Why We Closed Our Doors To Defend Net Neutrality

Something is different in Soho today. While it may seem like business as usual in the bustling New York neighborhood, you’ll notice that something is off if you look closely: The windows of the Sonos Store at 101 Greene Street are blacked out. The doors are locked. Sorry, we’re closed.

While music lovers everywhere are turning their attention to the 60th annual Grammy Awards, we’re using this moment to highlight an issue that affects creativity and culture in a deep way: Net neutrality.

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Why Open Matters

With Sonos, we promise you’ll never hit a dead end. That’s because our smart speaker system is designed to tap into just about any piece of sonic culture you can imagine. Since our early days, we’ve been agnostic about the sources of music and audio you can hear on Sonos, preferring to stay open-minded and let you make the choices.

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Song Stories: David Bowie

Songs are more than just music. They are the glue that sticks memories, friendships and relationships together. The right song, listened to closely and in good company, can be the most evocative thing.

This is what Sonos Song Stories is about: letting people talk about the memories that come to mind when a certain song starts to play – and then listening to those songs again with a group of music lovers.

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Alex Valdman Stays in Motion with Music

Creative director at cycling mainstay Rapha, Alex Valdman leads a team tasked with discovering and developing products that respond to a cyclist’s holistic needs. While at his historic London home, he uses music and sound to communicate with his young daughter.

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Listen Better : Sonos Social Impact

Boom Boom Room

CES is here, and we’re ready to make it go ‘boom.’ You won’t hear any conversations quite like the ones in the Tech Boom Boom Room, where a diverse group of female leaders will lead four intimate and insightful discussions about tech, culture and leadership on Tuesday, January 9. Here's the agenda.

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An update on Sonos v. Denon

On Friday, Sonos won a jury verdict in the first of our two-trial patent infringement suit against Denon. The jury's verdict validates a decision we made back in October 2014 to hold Denon accountable for a blatant copying effort with their HEOS product line. The verdict underscores our belief in genuine innovation and mutual respect for intellectual property as a basis for healthy competition as well as partnership.

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Creator Homes – Brian Calvin

Brian Calvin is an artist based in Ojai. His paintings and sculptures have been shown at Art Basel, Frieze London, and in galleries like Almine Rech in Paris and Anton Kern in New York City. Recently, he contributed his iconic lips to the Sonos One campaign.

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What would the world look like without music? An interview with Freemuse.

What would the world look like without music? An interview with Freemuse

Freemuse is one of the foremost organizations dedicated to tracking threats against musicians and artists worldwide. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Freemuse advocates for musicians at a number of levels, from highlighting attacks on individual artists to pressuring governments at the United Nations to protect them.

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Listen Better : Sonos Social Impact

2 billion people can’t be wrong: why music needs net neutrality

What if you had to travel to India just to listen to your friend’s band online? This may sound far fetched, but India may soon offer better protections for musicians in the digital age than the United States.

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Jason Koenig

Music Video Director Jason Koenig at Home

Jason Koenig has been busy directing music videos for Ed Sheeran, and his friends Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, for which he's received a Grammy nod and several VMAs. Koenig lives in a quaint craftsman in his hometown of Seattle with his wife, Jenny, and cat, Oliver.

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Effortless style: Why Amber Lewis believes in keeping it simple

Effortless style: Why Amber Lewis believes in keeping it simple

Amber Lewis crams a lot into life - running a hugely successful interior design agency, designing her own line of homewares and commanding a social media following of millions.

So at home in Calabasas, California - with her musician husband Mike, daughter Gwyneth, Gwynie for short, and a host of rescue animals - Amber's happiness lies in simple pleasures. She loves nothing more than curling up on the couch, listening to music and watching Gwyneth dance round the backyard to her favorite songs. "She's got some darn good taste for a seven-year-old," she laughs.

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Listen Better: An Open Letter from Patrick Spence

Music is at the heart of our mission at Sonos.  But in today’s world, music faces mounting threats. Too many artists face barriers to free expression and others can be jailed or even killed for merely sharing their songs over the internet. Communities lack space and resources to ensure all musicians can be heard. We’re failing to foster a new generation of music lovers prepared for success in the modern economy. Music, along with film, suffers from many violations to artistic freedom. Our failure to protect music is a failure to protect the basic liberties of all people.

That’s why we’re committing to work actively to promote and protect the future of music—using our business to support those confronting threats to music, whether targeted at artists or a symptom of broader injustices affecting all disempowered communities, and helping to make music a central part of life for everyone.

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Welcome to the Sonic Internet

Welcome to the Sonic Internet

Today, we’re ready to once again change the way that people listen. And we’re going to do that by creating a device that will listen. We’re proud to introduce Sonos One. Sonos One is the smart speaker for music lovers. It lets you control your speakers with just the sound of your voice. It makes it easier than ever to fill your home with the music and entertainment that you love.

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Sonos App Remastered

The Sonos App Remastered

Life has enough compromise, and we want to keep it out of the listening experience. So when we began redesigning the Sonos app, we thought about how we could combine all the choice and variety you get from streaming with the ease and simplicity of combing through your personal record collection.

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Alexa, meet Sonos

Alexa, meet Sonos

What’s the easiest way to fill your home with music? Just ask Alexa. 

We’re partnering with Amazon to bring the Alexa voice assistant to Sonos speakers in homes around the world. Starting today in public beta in the US, UK, and Germany, you can now connect your speakers wirelessly to an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and control the music around your home – simply by speaking.

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Wrensilva Sonos Edition Record Console

Wrensilva Sonos Edition Record Console

There was a time when record consoles were clumsy, great eyesores with shuddering speakers and sub-par sound. But that was before Debra and Scott Salyer of Wrensilva came along. These lifelong music-lovers have poured their passion into building design-forward consoles that sound as good as they look. And the new Wrensilva Sonos Edition is no exception – delivering an unbeatable listening experience, whether you’re spinning records or streaming Spotify.

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What you should know about our new privacy statement

What you should know about our new Privacy Statement

Next week, we’ll be introducing some important updates to our privacy statement. Sonos owners and anyone who visits our website will be asked to acknowledge this new policy when we update our software and systems in the coming days.

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Happy Birthday to the Sonos store!

Happy Birthday to the Sonos store!

Last weekend, our flagship store in New York turned one and some of the hottest names in music came out to help us celebrate. Partnering with the good folks at Pitchfork, we hosted a weekend-long radio broadcast, live from the Greene Street store – cramming the likes of Flatbush Zombies, Alvvays and DJ Shadow into our state-of-the-art listening rooms. And if this sounds like no ordinary first birthday party, that’s because the Sonos store is no ordinary kind of retail store. In fact, it’s anything but.

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Hate photos. Love Vicky Grout.

Hate photos. Love Vicky Grout.

One prevailing theme throughout Vicky Grout's photos is capturing off-guard moments. On surface-level, grime exhibits hype, often violent storytelling, and guarded mistrust of glossy London, but the genre itself has distinct humour, self-awareness, warmth, and self-deprecation. Vicky manages to catch all of it in her images, humanising grime in ways that most media outlets tend to ignore.

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Why Sonos fights for net neutrality

Sonos was born to a free and open Internet, we have built our business around it, and thrived as a part of it. Net neutrality is the cornerstone of this concept. It gives everyone - big or small, well known or unknown - an equal opportunity to participate in the world's biggest and most active marketplace; the Internet.

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Anna Goepfert’s Wearable Art from Liljevalchs Museum to Solange

Nadine Goepfert’s Wearable Art – Inside Her Berlin Studio

Our visit to Nadine Goepfert’s home marks the continuation of our special collaboration between Sonos and Freunde von Freunden. We’re on a mission to celebrate the joy of listening out loud, waking up the silent home, and inspiring creativity in every facet of our lives.

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Inside Huang’s World – food, cultural identity and the art of hosting

Inside Huang’s World – food, cultural identity and the art of hosting

As he prepares to launch his sophomore series of Huang’s World on Viceland, Eddie Huang became our latest chef to host a Playlist Potluck for Sonos. No stranger to our screens already, Eddie’s already broken boundaries with his ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat and looks to take his latest show to the next level from June 28th.

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Our Sonos App has a new Help & Tips section

Our Sonos App has a new Help & Tips section

Get the most from your Sonos. 

We have updated our app with a handy Help & Tips section. It’s a small change, but one that’ll make a big difference – helping you and your family get more from your home sound system and use it in ways you never knew possible.

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Food, Folk and Fatherhood with My Morning Jacket’s Patrick Hallahan

Food, Folk and Fatherhood with My Morning Jacket’s Patrick Hallahan

The kitchen of the Hallahans’ beautiful home in the Cherokee Gardens section of Louisville gets a lot of morning light. This is both by physical and by social design. In this room Patrick — a big teddy-bear of a man who rose to prominence as the drummer of My Morning Jacket, and whose new local culinary venture, Butchertown Grocery, has been hailed as one of America’s best new restaurants —creates sprawling meals for, and with, his family.

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Giles Martin remixes ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Giles Martin remixes ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ for how we listen today

In June 1967, The Beatles released ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and nothing in music was quite the same again. At their creative peak the band created a counter-culture revolution across the globe, influencing everyone from Pink Floyd to Dr Dre to Frank Ocean. Fifty years on, the album’s been remixed for modern ears by Giles Martin – Sound Experience Leader at Sonos and son of George Martin, who produced the original recordings.

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Five Rooms, Five Designers: Sight Unseen at 101G

Five Rooms, Five Designers: Sight Unseen at 101G

When we first started imagining the space in the Sonos flagship store, we knew there was no way we could limit ourselves to just one design approach.

We wanted the in-store listening experience to be 100% true to the home experience—since every home looks and feels so different. Our solution for this was to design each of the store’s listening rooms to represent multiple styles of a home into one compact space.

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The rules of using Sonos at Work

Sonos at Work

At home, most of us have unrestrained control of our Sonos queue, but at the office it gets a bit more complicated and Sonos office etiquette is becoming a hot topic.

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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.

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Reimagining the future of fashion with music and technology.

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.

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Philip Glass on Listening (and Composing) at 80

Philip Glass on Listening (and Composing) at 80

Philip Glass opens his own door. He ushers me into the front room of his East Village brownstone — busy, unkempt and fully lived-in — to drop my coat off and wait a minute. I am, it seems, early, and Glass is still busy with his previous task. As I peel layers that protected me from a frosty New York afternoon, Glass shuffles into the next room over — the music room, it turns out — and gets back to quietly, intently banging out single notes on a piano.

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Playbase brings Gorillaz’ Spirit House to life

Playbase brings Gorillaz Spirit House to life

This month sees the launch of Gorillaz’ first album in six years – Humanz – and we’re excited to be helping them celebrate. Together, we’re creating an immersive audio and visual experience called the Spirit House – a place where fans can go deeper into the band’s dark, fantasy world, be dazzled by spectacular visuals, and surround by high fidelity sound.

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Playbar or Playbase: Choose your fit

Playbar or Playbase: Choose Your Fit

First came our Playbar, the ideal partner for wall-mounted TVs. And now, we’ve launched our brand new Playbase, designed to sit directly beneath your TV set and bring amazing sound to any room.

Both look sleek, sound amazing and give you cinema sound in your very own living room. So what differentiates the two speakers? How do they stack up on features, sound and design? And most importantly, which one’s the right fit for you?

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Illustrator Anna Eisenhauer talks hip-hop, creative methods, and playing music out loud.

Illustrator Anna Eisenhauer talks hip-hop, creative methods, and playing music out loud.

Our visit to Anna Eisenhauer’s home marks the beginning of a special collaboration between Freunde von Freunden and Sonos. We’re on a mission to celebrate the joy of listening out loud, waking up the silent home, and inspiring creativity in every facet of our lives.

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Interview with Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib talks music, fashion, and more at Sonos Home Paris

This frenetic week is finally ending for Hanni El Khatib. In between of the release of his new album, Savage Times (on march 3rd) and the launch of his clothing collection he designed for HUF, the Californian rock musician has a busy schedule. His vocal cords are tired but he’s happy to be here, at the Sonos’ House.

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Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

Rob Fissmer heads up West Coast operations for Vitsoe, who produce Dieter Rams’ iconic furniture designs. He trained as an architect, dabbled in DJing and now juggles a busy job with the joys of fatherhood. He lives high in the hills above Los Angeles with wife Elise and his two young sons, Max and Sam.

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Introducing Sonos Playbase. The perfect fit for your TV space.

Introducing Sonos Playbase. The perfect fit for your TV space.

We believe that what’s on your TV is only as good as what your TV is on. So, say hello to the all-new Playbase, delivering powerful home theater sound when the TV is on, and music all the time when it’s off.

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We caught up with “the furniture pimp” Jim Walrod to talk living, listening and what makes his Chinatown space a very soulful space indeed.

“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.

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Causes and Conditions of The Silent Home

Causes and Conditions of The Silent Home

A Silent Home is a place where the absence of music exacerbates the stress and pressures of modern life. A home where people live side-by-side but not together. It is a problem that affects more than two thirds of our homes.

Last year, we conducted an experiment to see if listening to music out loud at home could affect relationships. We showed that homes filled with music were happier, closer, more loving.

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TRUEPLAY for Playbar

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.

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The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

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.

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FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

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.

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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.

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Ready for a big group of fun!

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.

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Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos Playlist Potluck.

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

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.

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SONOS x KBH: FURNITURE WITH SOUND DESIGN

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.

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The New All White SONOS Sub

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.

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Mark Chamberlain

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.

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DELS drawing with SONOS

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.

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Sonic Artifacts from the Underground

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.

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Band of Horses - Why Are You Okay?

Why Are You OK

Back in the day in Irmo SC, my dad would throw “stereo nights” for us little runts.

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Band of Horses bassist Tyler Ramsey and singer Ben Bridwell.

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.

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Create Your #HomeStadium for the Summer of Sport

Create Your #HomeStadium for the Summer of Sport

Soak up every moment this summer with the people you really care about in your own #homestadium.

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Sleep Tight with Sonos

If you have a Sonos in your bedroom, consider trying these tips and tricks to get the most out of your bedroom time.

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Designer Genevieve Gorder on Music and Family

Designer Genevieve Gorder on Music and Family

Genevieve Gorder's holy trinity is pretty perfect: Design, Music and Family.

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Let's Make a Home

Let’s Build a Home

Your wall hangings and throw rugs and light fixtures come together to create a design for your new space, but it's the music that makes it home.

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Music Makes it Home, Revisited

Music Makes it Home, Revisited

It's been two months since the Music Makes it Home experiment ended, and music has officially moved into the Segal home.

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It's Prime Time in the UK and Germany

It’s Prime Time in the UK and Germany

As of today, Amazon's Prime Music service is available within the Sonos app in the UK and Germany.

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The Sonos office in Beijing.

The Evolution of China’s Streaming Revolution

With over 300 million active monthly users, China has by far the largest active music streaming market in the world -- and has undergone a massive shift.

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London's Secret 7

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.

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Inside Innovation Hack Week

Inside Innovation Hack Week

At Sonos, innovation is about encouraging a curious and creative environment.

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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.

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

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

As we look to the future there are two big areas that we’re leaning into: paid streaming services, and voice control.

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Listening Out Loud with Zane Lowe and Beats 1

Listening Out Loud with Zane Lowe and Beats 1

We caught up with Zane Lowe at Sonos Studio for the final St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service show.

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Can Music Out Loud Change the Way You Live?

Can Music Out Loud Change the Way You Live?

We surveyed 30,000 people across the world, and also went into 30 homes in eight different countries, in order to see, hear and track what happens when people don’t listen to music -- and what changes when they do.

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Wolvesmouth Pushes Food and Sound to the Limit

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.

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David Bowie and Me: Sonos Staff Memories

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.

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Wild and Weird: Remembering Lemmy and Bowie

David Bowie died two short weeks after Lemmy Kilmister. From my perspective, it should have been a day of national mourning.

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

New year, new ways to listen. #ListenMore.

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The Beatles Come Home for the Holidays

The Beatles Come Home for the Holidays

This Christmas Eve, George, Paul, John and Ringo’s entire catalog is finally here, there and everywhere.

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Updated Rhapsody Beta Now on Sonos

The new Rhapsody beta is ready for you to test on Sonos -- and it’s pretty awesome.

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Holiday Cooking, With Music As Your Timer

Holiday Cooking, With Music As Your Timer

Whether you’re hosting a big party, baking holiday treats or just bringing a side dish somewhere, fueling the kitchen with music is key ... So we brought music and kitchen prep together for you.

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‘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.

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Sonos Welcomes Apple Music to the Family

Sonos Welcomes Apple Music to the Family

The wait is over. We are excited to tell you that the beta of Apple Music on Sonos will be available December 15th.

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The New Play:5: Designing the Future Through Collaboration

Sonos Studio illustrates the collaborative approach between design and engineering teams that led to our new flagship smart speaker.

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Trueplay speaker tuning is here.

Trueplay Speaker Tuning Is Here

We’d like you to meet Trueplay – simple speaker tuning is now available for all Sonos Play:1. Play:3, and Play:5 smart speakers via a free update.

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Our New Play:5 Makes Oprah’s List

She’s making a list, checking it twice.

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Come Together

Come Together

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.

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Behind The New Play:5 With Giles Martin

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.

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Get Ready for Prime Time

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.

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Sonos and Spotify: Better, Stronger

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.

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Welcome to the Next Great Era for Listening

Welcome to the Next Great Era for Listening

Sonos Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten shares his perspective on the changing landscape of home audio with the introduction of our newest inventions.

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The London Sonos Studio

Sonos Studio London is Here!

Enjoy music as it should sound at our new home in London.

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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.

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HD x HiFi

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Sounds Of NYC

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Born in Blue

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Now streaming music in one million rooms

Elvis did it. The Eagles did it. And now Sonos has, too. We've gone Platinum - a million rooms of Sonos music around the world!

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Introducing the Play:3

It's here: Sonos unveils the Play:3, a sleek and small all-in-one player that streams all the music on earth.

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