APPLE MUSIC is now available to Sonos users after the firm released an iOS and Android app update with a beta version.
Sonos invited all its customers to sign up for the Apple Music beta, while reminding them that this is an early version. The finished product is due for release early in the new year.
"Just know one thing - the beta isn't the final product. But it's a really good preview, with most of the features already in place. We'll be making some small adjustments throughout the beta period, so be prepared for slight changes and improvements," Sonos said.
"We'd love your help to make this great, but if you'd rather wait until it's completely finished, we'll have the final version ready for you in early 2016."
To sign up, just open your Sonos app and click Settings - Advanced Settings - Beta Program - Join the Beta Program. Beta users will then need to update their Sonos system, and add Apple Music from the Add Music Services menu.
Sonos was a notable absence for its thousands of users around the world when Apple Music launched in June. Having Apple Music available through the Sonos system means that users will be able to call up tunes from their library of downloaded tracks as well as online music into one playlist, rather than having to manage them separately.
Currently, users running services like Spotify through Sonos need to access this as a separate app, so you can't merge streamed songs with your old CD burns.
Sonos is a critically acclaimed music streaming system that allows users to listen to their online music library or tracks from services like Spotify in various rooms in a house or building. But while firms like Spotify and Apple Music have focused on the software side of the streaming business, Sonos comes at it from a different angle with a hardware-based system.
Sonos sells wireless speakers that users can place around the house, connect to each other and stream music to via an app. You can play tracks, create playlists, and choose different volume settings for any room that has one of the speakers, making for a much higher-end listening experience than the early iPod speaker docks from the likes of Logitech.
And clearly thousands of people have seen the benefit of this hardware approach. Sonos announced in late 2014 that it was approaching $1bn in annual revenue, not bad for a hardware provider in this era of cloud and online everything.
The Apple Music addition could also bring Sonos a few new customers. Apple revealed that it had 6.5 million paying subscribers in October, and 15 million subscribers in total.
In late November, Sonos announced it would be launching a beta version of the Apple Music app on 15 December, and the firm has kept good on its pledge.
"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," said Sonos CEO John MacFarlane.
"Apple Music is a fantastic service, and you will have the ability to stream all your favourite features, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through our smart speakers tuned for great sound in any or every room of your home."
Those taking advantage of an Apple Music family account will be able to add up to six of these to the Sonos system, and share songs and playlists. µ
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