AirPlay 2 now available on Sonos speakers via software update

Sonos supports AirPlay2

Sonos is opening its speakers to a new world of listening experiences today with the addition of AirPlay 2.

This means that anyone with a compatible Sonos speaker can play audio from iTunes on a Mac or an iOS device whether that is from apps like Netflix or music from Apple Music or any other other streaming services available via the App Store. (Sonos speakers already had the latter functionality.) Several third-party audio manufacturers have promised to include AirPlay 2 functionality in their speakers, including Bose, Bang & Olufsen, Marshall, Pioneer, and Bowers & Wilkins. If you have an iOS device, like an iPhone or an iPad, you can integrate Siri on that with your Sonos speakers for voice control, building on top of the AirPlay 2 support. Sonos speakers that don't support AirPlay 2 can also be used to stream from Apple devices when paired with an AirPlay 2-compatible Sonos speaker.

Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to Sonos. The protocol is also supported on Apple TV4 / 4K, which allows you to wirelessly output TV audio to multiple speakers at home.

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Sonos said that Airplay 2 furthermore enables users to use Siri voice commands. While Sonos has generally done well to integrate most major streaming services with its app, the company has made it hard to play anything from sources that aren't officially supported on its speakers. The Google Assistant is on the roadmap - the company still maintains it should be arriving as an update sometime in 2018 - but there's no sign of Siri actually residing inside a Sonos speaker. However, you can also manually check for the update if it's not showing up yet, by heading into the settings page in the app.

You can also use your voice to control on which speaker (s) the music will play. If you have any other Sonos speaker, and have linked it to a standalone Echo smart speaker using the Sonos skill, you can use Alexa on that in the same way.

According to Sonos sales statistics from its IPO filing compiled by Statista, Sonos customers have registered more than 19 million speakers in 6.9 million households worldwide.

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What do you do if you're Sonos? That means, if your iPhone or iPad subsequently leaves the WiFi network, the playback will stop.

Its easy to set up: Just open up the Home app, select the plus symbol, then hit Add Accessory. You can ask Siri to start playing a playlist from Apple Music and then tell Alexa to skip to the next song! "When you group one of these Airplay-enabled speakers with older Sonos devices, you can bring AirPlay capabilities to your entire Sonos system".

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