Sonos and the Russian iPod

by Volker Weber

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Almost ten years ago I called it the Russian iPod. And that name sticks until today inside Sonos. Read yourself:

Ten years ago, the world’s most cutting-edge stereo system showed up in my home, offering a glimpse into the digital audio future that today immerses us all. The gray box and oversized, iPod-like remote control was the first product sold by Sonos, which was founded a couple of years earlier in a red-tile-roofed complex just around the corner from my Santa Barbara Street house.

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Für das Alter des Teils wirkt das Design aber noch immer recht frisch und vor allem aufgeräumt. Erst recht im Vergleich zu manch aktueller Beipackfernbedienung ultramoderner Smart-TVs. Ein Indiz dafür, dass man Sonos-Komponenten heute ohne zu zögern kaufen und sich auch noch in 10 Jahren daran erfreuen kann. Aber das wussten wir ja schon ...

Tobias Vogel, 2015-08-28

It was such a nice controller at the time. Once SONOS had its own apps it became obvious that the controller's live span was limited. A far as I know you can still use the Soviet controller with today's SONOS components (even though some features are not supported). The SONOS product live-cycle is simply amazing.

Markus Dierker, 2015-08-28

whenever my kids give a party, their friends are absolutely fascinated by the "Russian iPod" ;-) Something they didn't see before....
The friends love to scroll and look for songs (and artwork, if available).
A perfect way, my kids don't have to pass over their smartphones ;-)

Heiko Müller, 2015-08-28

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