Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Apple fans, rejoice: AirPlay 2 support finally arrives on Sonos speakers

Apple fans, rejoice: AirPlay 2 support finally arrives on Sonos speakers

Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished. The Airplay integration is available on most Sonos speakers, including the Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5.

With Sonos being the first company to offer AirPlay 2 on third-party speakers, its Sonos One at $199 in particular offers a compelling alternative to Apple's $349 HomePod. You can use Siri from the source device to start music and control volume after adding the speakers in Apple's Home app.

It's not often that a simple software upgrade can improve the prospects of an imminent tech IPO, but that could happen with Sonos, which announced support for Apple's Airplay 2 technology Wednesday. Once updated, you can group older Sonos speakers with AirPlay 2 compatible ones. With strong books on one side approaching $1 billion in revenue and on the other, mounting competition from major players, the company decided that now is the sweet spot to go public. After that, those four speakers with native AirPlay 2 capabilities should automatically show up in the AirPlay menu on your iPhone or other device. Once you've started playing music via AirPlay, you'll see a Started from AirPlay in the Sonos app.

Switch between voice assistants—Or any other way to control Sonos. Supported speakers will also be able to use Siri to control Apple Music by voice. However, you can also manually check for the update if it's not showing up yet, by heading into the settings page in the app. Here you'll find a list of your Sonos devices, complete with info such as the IP and MAC addresses of each. That means, if your iPhone or iPad subsequently leaves the WiFi network, the playback will stop.

Once you've started with Siri, you can then switch to Amazon's Alexa, if you want, and give her a command - to, say, skip to the next song. "When you group one of these Airplay-enabled speakers with older Sonos devices, you can bring AirPlay capabilities to your entire Sonos system". But you dont have to stick with one method or the other; you can control Sonos on your terms.

According to Sonos sales statistics from its IPO filing compiled by Statista, Sonos customers have registered more than 19 million speakers in 6.9 million households worldwide.

Its easy to set up: Just open up the Home app, select the plus symbol, then hit Add Accessory.

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