Why is Sonos so busy phoning home?

by Volker Weber

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Running a filtering DNS server like Pi-hole gives you interesting insights. One of them is how often Sonos "phones home" with your usage information. And that is if you have data collection turned off:

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I perfectly understand how ad servers are tracking people on the net. How does that work for Sonos? Are we the customer or the product?

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You pick out the Sonos one but your top 10’s majority of entries are product telemetry:)
Building software that runs predominantly on some client, if you actually want the product to become better, the demand for client telemetry is ever increasing.

But yeah, a turn-off-telemetry button seems to be the software analog to the close-door elevator button.

Frank Quednau, 2018-06-01

Any idea what it sends?

Stephan H. Wissel, 2018-06-01

Client telemetry I hear.

Volker Weber, 2018-06-01

Fun fact: I noticed those dns requests to msmetrics.ws.sonos.com myself, remembered this article but guess what: I had already disabled the sharing of usage data...

Daniel Meyer, 2018-06-13

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