Sonos Speakers Get AirPlay 2 Support Via Software Update

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Of course, Google Assistant support has been promised since we first heard about the Sonos One past year, and it's as yet unclear if Amazon would act on the above if Sonos starts cosying up with its competitors in the voice-controlled speaker arena.

Airplay 2 is supported on Sonos Beam, Playbase, One, and the second-generation Play:5.

At this point you can group other non-AirPlay 2 Sonos speakers with the supported one, as shown below.

AirPlay 2 support also means that Apple Music users can now control their tunes with their voice, thanks to Siri. Support is added via a software update available today.

I have tested a beta version of the AirPlay 2 update on a Sonos One and Sonos Beam for the past week, and, generally speaking, it works as expected. "You will also be able to ask any Siri-enabled device to control Apple Music on Sonos speakers ..."

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After youve started the music with Siri, you can let Alexa adjust the volume or skip to the next song via your Sonos One, Beam, or any Alexa-enabled Sonos device (set up through the Sonos skill on your Echo device). That's also how you later change which speakers are being streamed to: AirPlay 2 only sees the four Sonos models with native support, not any older models.

Sonos said that Airplay 2 furthermore enables users to use Siri voice commands. That means youll have yet another easy way to use Sonos to listen to services like Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, Pandora, and dozens of others.

There are plenty of reasons for investors to be skeptical of Sonos stock, particularly when its devices' access to cloud and streaming services is at the mercy of the company's biggest competitors. Sonos also ported Amazon's voice-powered Alexa technology to its speakers last fall.

If you're the owner of some specific Sonos speakers, then today is a good day for you. Suffice to say, you need to delve into your TV's sound menus to make sure it's outputting audio via the HDMI using Dolby Digital, and doing the same with any sources, whether that be Sky, a PlayStation 4, Blu-ray player or anything else. In the Apple Home app, hit the "+" button to add a new device, and then choose "Don't have a code or can't scan" from near the bottom of the screen. Then, launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to add your Sonos to your accessories and you're ready to go. It'll be that room and speaker name by which you refer to them when you're asking Siri to control playback.

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