Sonos with Rhapsody

by Volker Weber

Sonos has made an update to their music system available. Before you upgrade, consider reading this.

The current Sonos software makes it possible to stream content from the Rhapsody music service. You just need to run a PC as an intermediary device. The PC runs Rhapsody's software and Sonos pulls the music from this PC. The new update makes the PC redundant. Sonos players can now directly stream from Rhapsody. You simply click on the Rhapsody choice in the menu on the Sonos controller and you can listen to any of Rhapsody's 2.5 million tracks. Out of the box, the new Sonos system gives you a 30-day free trial to Rhapsody, without even requiring that you enter a credit card. After that, you must pay $10 a month.

There is a catch. Rhapsody is only available in the US. Therefore, you may need to temporarily relocate, if you want to benefit from this trial. When your Sonos controller asks you whether you live in the US, just say yes. :-)

After one month there is another catch: If you like this service, you need to find somebody in the US to pay your Rhapsody service. Maybe I need to start another sponsoring package: "Rhapsody service at vowe's magic flying service sponsored by ..."

There are numerous other updates.

With clock, alarm, snooze, sleep timer, and scheduling features, you can wake up or fall asleep to your favorite music or Internet radio station—in one room or all over the house.

Automatic updates to your library can be scheduled daily—ideal for or podcasts. Maximum library and queue size expanded to 50,000 tracks.

Read about them here.


If you didn't choose US as your location, there is a workaround...albeit a little long winded. You'll need a windows PC. Not something I can publish here, email me.

To subscribe to Rhapsody, you need to get around their website location check (possible) and also have a US address to supply. The credit card location isn't important and doesn't need to be the same address, but it may set off some alarms with your card company...after the registration has gone through ;)

Ben Rose, 2006-09-14

I didn't choose US as my location and would be VERY happy to know about the workaround. I have a windows PC. How can I e-mail you?

Per Spelmann, 2008-11-12

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