Without a little help from my friends

by Volker Weber

Sonos has scheduled an event today in New York at 10am local, 16:00 CEST. That is very close to the Google event around the Pixel 2 et al, which will create a small Tsunami of news. But Sonos is macho. They are not afraid. It's their biggest event of the year. And despite their best effort to hide the URL and the password for their live stream, I managed to obtain that information. Even their agency was only coming forward with the info that press releases will not be sent out before 17:00.

Nevertheless, I will be covering their news for heise online. That is a news outlet in Germany, in case you are wondering.

I can't sit around all day waiting for their show to start. After all, this is a different timezone. And since I cannot be trusted with any information, I shall prepare some remarks about the challenges Sonos is facing.

Update: Press release was in at 19:10, right in the middle of the Google keynote.


I'd like to see AirPlay (2) for existing Sonos devices. AirSonos is just a workaround with some significant shortcomings.

Alexa, Siri, whatever. I don't care about voice control, or maybe I'm just not seeing the point yet.

Daniel Meyer, 2017-10-04

@Daniel: Yes, Airplay 2 will come next year.

Stefan Hempel, 2017-10-04

Also for the existing products?

Karl Heindel, 2017-10-04

@Karl: because AirPlay 2 is now software based and has no hardware requirements (AFAIK), the existings speakers should also support it, not only the Sonos ONE.

Stefan Hempel, 2017-10-04

The Sonos One for the same price as the Play:1, nice: http://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/one.html

Stefan Hempel, 2017-10-04

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