Sonos got a fair bit of cash from me last year. I got a review loaner system and, within a day, had ordered my own. I now have Sonos sound in the kitchen, living room, den, bedroom, master bathroom and my study. Yeah, I went a bit overboard, but Sonos is one of those things that, once you have it in one room you really want it in every room. (Oh and I will get there… just you wait.)
The weak link in the Sonos system is the Mac controller. It is ugly. It is slow. It is limited. And, did I mention, it is ugly?
Thankfully it is soon to be a thing of the past. Sonos has announced an updated controller for Mac and Windows. Here’s a quick video look.
And here’s what the Sonos Blog post has to say about it..
You asked, we listened. Our team has been working ‘round the clock to bring you two brand spanking new Sonos Controller apps for Mac and PC. The new Controllers will make it easier than ever to find, control and play music in any room—right from your favorite desktop or laptop.
What can you look forward to? For starters, faster access to music. The improved Search feature will let you quickly find artists, albums, songs, and stations from your music library, Internet radio and music services using a single search box. And you can use the better-than-ever, drag-and-drop interface to add one or multiple songs, albums, or playlists to your queue, room, or group of rooms for instant music gratification.
The new controllers also offer instant volume control, with a one-touch Party Mode that lets you set the volume in your grouped rooms simultaneously. Plus, we’ve brought some of the hidden perks of Sonos front and center, with the Sleep Timer and Alarms now accessible from the main window. And speaking of looks, the new Controller apps will give your eyes something to smile about.
But the feature we might be the most excited about is the new Mini Controller, a slick, pop-out of album art that lets you control your music while you’re working in other apps, so now it’s even easier to control any music you want—any way you want.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the new app and having an even better experience using my Sonos system. Oh, and if you don’t have Sonos yet you can enter to win your own house full of music. Just check out the blog post.