Sonos and Google - did you get the significance?

by Volker Weber

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Sonos made a very significant announcement today, and it's not obvious how the game changes.

From today on you can use Google Play Music All Access with Sonos, just like any other music service, via the music player. But the Android Google Play Music app gains a new feature. You can now "send music" from the cloud to your Sonos players. It's like Airplay done right. The stream does not go through your mobile device. The Google app tells the Sonos player to pull music from the Google cloud.

On Android there are now two ways to play your Google music. Either through the Sonos controller, or the Google app. That's a new capability, and I expect the same thing to happen with other music services, that have a better user experience than what Sonos provides. And that's pretty huge.

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Bei mir funktioniert das durch die Google App noch nicht. Ich hab den Service hinzugefügt, aber auch wenn ich mit Play Musik abspiele, sehe ich kein Cast-Icon oben (wo es sein sollte angeblich). Muss man sonst noch was dafür tun, oder verhindert das der aktuelle Beta-Controller?

Dirk Steins, 2014-04-10 19:17

Xbox Music - ick hör Dir trapsen....

Ingo Seifert, 2014-04-10 19:18

@ Dirk: Hast Du Dein Sonos-Gerät schon aktualisiert und hängt es im gleichen WLAN wie Dein Android-Gerät? Ich habe es gerade ausprobiert, bei mir geht die Cast-Weiterleitung einwandfrei. Google Music-Version: v5.4.1412N.1048534 (bei den Einstellungen ganz unten)
Evtl. musst Du auch erst über die Sonos-App Google Play Music zur Verwendung innerhalb der Sonos-App einbinden, denn da findet eine Kopplung statt.
Sonst könnte ich mir nicht vorstellen, was noch fehlen könnte, was ich gemacht habe.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2014-04-10 19:26

It's nice to have a real "shuffle" function on my Sonos now. I'm tempted to move my music library from Amazon to Google in order to take full advantage of this.

The storage will be more expensive, but I've not been satisfied with Amazon's album sorting features. Really basic, and definitely doesn't work well with classical music. I'll need to test the Google Play app for an improvement here, but if it works the balance will be tipped enough for me to make the move.

Stephen Bailey, 2014-04-14 11:08

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