Sonos chief product officer is leaving the company

by Volker Weber

Marc Whitten, the chief product officer of Sonos, will be leaving the company, a spokesperson told Tech Insider.

Marc was one of the people I talked to at Sonos, and he was relatively new. Marc came in from Microsoft where he worked on Xbox. There was one thing I expected him to deliver, and he didn't. I wanted a platform, a way to interact with Sonos speakers without using their controllers. That should have happened a long time ago and it did not.

This has become more important now that Sonos faces a somewhat unexpected competition from Amazon.

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And the amazon echo is only available in the US...

Ingo Seifert, 2016-03-29 10:49

The data is only representative of the US market. Also, speech recognition works much better in unilingual environments.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-29 10:51

At least, the second gen Play:5 is prepared with mics in the box.

For legacy product users, what about enabling the controller apps to accept voice commands? I'd like to control my Sonos devices using Siri on may Apple Watch.

Sven Bühler, 2016-03-29 11:28

A platform would take it much further. You could control Sonos from Apple Music which in turn listens to Siri. Or from an app like Workflow. You could geofence your home or control it via home automation hubs.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-29 11:34

My direct family (wife/kids). Apple.

The rest of my family. Android.

Me last weekend. Trying to explain to my sister that no she could not play music on the "speakers" without first installing an app.

The word Sonos was never even mentioned. As far as others in the room were concerned. Apple = Failure.

Ian Bradbury, 2016-03-29 16:54

Well, you actually can play from Google Play Music to Sonos. On Android, not on Apple.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-29 16:56

full ack on this.

Too bad this must be implemented by 3rd parties: https://github.com/jishi/node-sonos-http-api

Jean-Marc Autexier, 2016-03-29 17:28

Und 2 Tage später liest man dann so was... http://www.iphone-ticker.de/sonos-oeffnet-sich-erste-drittanbieter-integration-94837/

Jean-Marc Autexier, 2016-03-31 19:47

Wo haben sie denn die Olds ausgebuddelt? Das war schon vor einem halben Jahr ein Thema.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-31 21:03

Hier ist ein lesenswerter Artikel zum Thema Amazon Echo von Katie Floyd

http://katiefloyd.com/blog/first-impressions-of-the-amazon-echo-dot

Joerg Heuer, 2016-04-02 10:14

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