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If you own a Sonos speaker, or even multiple Sonos speakers, today is your lucky day. You will no longer have to make do with the underperforming Sonos app. Instead, you can now control your Sonos with Spotify.
Sonos speakers are a thing of beauty. Owners swear by how well they’re built, their robustness, and, crucially, how good they sound when playing music. Unfortunately, the Sonos app has always been the weak link in the chain, frustrating users with its overt crappiness.
Sonos Is Growing Up
In September, Sonos promised to bring Spotify integration to its speakers. And the company has now done so with the release of its latest public beta. This means that anyone participating in the Sonos Public Beta Program will now be able to control their Sonos using Spotify Connect.
Once you have linked your Sonos and Spotify accounts, your Sonos speaker(s) will show up in the Spotify app. You simply select the speaker you want to control using the Spotify app, and you can then Play, Pause, Skip, and change the volume without having to deal with the Sonos app.
As an added bonus, if you have friends over they can open the Spotify app on their own smartphones to control playback.
Join the Sonos Public Beta Program
To join the Sonos Public Beta Program:
- Open the Sonos app from your iOS or Android device.
- Tap “Settings”.
- Tap “Advanced Settings”.
- Tap “Beta Program”.
- Tap “Join the Beta Program”.
This is the first sign that Sonos is opening up its platform, and choosing to play nicely with other apps. Support for Spotify Connect has already arrived in beta, but the company is also teasing support for Amazon Alexa. This should be available in public beta early in 2017.
Do you own a Sonos speaker/speakers? Are you happy with it/them? How did you find using the Sonos app? Are you looking forward to using the Spotify app to control your speaker instead? Are you part of the Sonos Public Beta Program? Please let us know in the comments below!
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