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.

More >

Comments

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

Ingo Seifert, 2016-03-29

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

Volker Weber, 2016-03-29

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

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

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

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

Volker Weber, 2016-03-29

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

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

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

Volker Weber, 2016-03-31

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

Recent comments

Cyril Gabathuler on watchOS 7 verursacht Probleme mit der Akkulaufzeit at 17:29
Matthias Welling on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 17:19
Volker Weber on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 13:39
Michael Witzorky on My favorite Watch face with watchOS 7 at 12:19
Martin Funk on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 11:29
Marc Henkel on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 09:47
Sven Richert on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 08:50
Joachim Bode on How to protect yourself from the Corona virus at 19:54
Declan Lynch on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 17:18
Stuart McIntyre on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 14:56
Oliver Regelmann on watchOS 7 :: Alle drei Aktivitätsziele anpassbar at 13:16
Kieren Johnson on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 11:33
Karsten Lehmann on Home screen reorganized for iOS 14 at 11:24
Lukas Gerlich on How to protect yourself from the Corona virus at 10:19
Karsten Lehmann on Ein paar Gedanken zu Apples September-Event at 09:48
Volker Weber on AirPods Pro und AirPods Studio at 07:53
Marko Schulz on Ein paar Gedanken zu Apples September-Event at 02:18
Gaerttner Harald on AirPods Pro und AirPods Studio at 23:53
Ragnar Schierholz on Optimiertes Laden der Watch Battery ist aktiviert at 21:49
Karsten Lehmann on Ein paar Gedanken zu Apples September-Event at 21:35
Kai Kramhöft on AirPods Pro und AirPods Studio at 16:04
Christoph Spitz on AirPods Pro und AirPods Studio at 15:04
Harald Gärttner on AirPods Pro und AirPods Studio at 14:23
Volker Weber on watchOS 7 :: Alle drei Aktivitätsziele anpassbar at 13:43
Michael Sonntag on watchOS 7 :: Alle drei Aktivitätsziele anpassbar at 12:39

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 17:50

visitors.gif

Paypal vowe