by Volker Weber

Zones lets you control your Sonos system with your iPhone or iPod Touch. Zones uses UPnP over your local WiFi network to discover your music and to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote control.

Judging from the screenshots it does not look too exciting. Not ready to spend the $10 the developer is asking. The first review suggests to pass this one.

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[Thanks, Ben]


I linked you but, not being an iPhone owner, have no idea how much it costs.

Care to enlighten me how much they charge for this app in the store?

Ben Rose, 2008-08-27

¢5.99 in the UK store

Stuart Mcintyre, 2008-08-27

I've got my wife's iPod Touch connected to our Apple TV for control using the Remote app.

Glad that was free, as I don't know that it's worth $10. Although I have to say that controlling the tunes from anywhere in the house with that device is rather nice. It also means I don't have to have the TV on to just listen to music.

I suppose the Sonos remote might offer about the same thing, so I don't know that it would have a lot of value in a Sonos setup.

I have some screenshots of that on my blog, they look a bit different but similar to what Zones is doing for Sonos, except of course it's more integrated to the Apple universe with iTunes.

Kevin Mort, 2008-08-27


Sonos and iTunes are chalk and cheese really, 2 very different markets.

Sonos is a purpose designed multi-room system, they are standalone units that can be easily linked when desired.

The Airtunes alternative is quite limited - for example, you can only listen to the same music in each room. Effectively like adding extra speakers to an existing hifi. It's comparitively cheap though.

The key difference between the 2 remote products is that the Sonos one must manage multiple music streams and the Apple one simply has to manage a single stream in different rooms.

Ben Rose, 2008-08-28

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