Let’s get the hype out of the way right now.
It’s everywhere! Take your home wireless! It’s so easy to use! Sounds great in every room in your home.
But, like Dizzy Dean said, “It ain’t braggin if you can do it.”
Keep in mind though, I didn’t start looking at Sonos because of the hype. I started looking at Sonos because it makes organizing the endless digital world of music a snap.
Hook up with music, from Pop to Obscure
From the well known Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker and Pandora to the more obscure but amazing Wolfgang’s Vault, there’s more music out there than you’re prepared for. Live music, bands you’ve never heard of but will love, playlists built around an artist or a song, it’s all available through Sonos. Your music expands exponentially with Sonos, and while I like to think that I have a good grasp on tunes, the variety of the Sonos musical range really cranks my volume.
Whether you use the Sonos Controller, or download their App to your Smartphone or tablet, only Sonos has streamlined the process of streaming music. If you’ve previously dealt with these services, you know that their interfaces are very dis-similar. But Sonos has designed an interface that works for every service. This unified interface means you don’t have to learn the ins and outs of 20 different streaming services, log in 20 times or remember 20 different passwords. Sonos- One Controller to rule them all, one controller to bind them.
I could SO not resist that.
But now you have all these disparate services, normally vying for your attention, all under one roof, as it were. With one method of access, so there’s no confusion or trouble. And it gets better. Want to really mash up your sound? Only Sonos will allow you to combine music from one service with another, so you create your ultimate playlist, with no regard to the boundaries set by the individuals providers. Just you and your music, rocking out with no boundaries, all brought to you by Sonos.
The critical music separation
The Sonos people must have kids, because they know how important separation of their music is from your own. I have no interest in listening to Justin Bieber, or Insane Clown Posse, or the latest rap bass-a holic workout. And I especially don’t want to have to listen to all three in the same day! With Sonos, you can play different music in every Sonos-fied room in the house. So kids listen to what they want in their own room.
Avoid clutter, avoid expense
And as you well know, kids can barely focus from one hour to the next. As a youth (not wayward, just youth), I remember buying music that I refused to listen to 6 months later. That’s what kids do. And as their music sense changes, Sonos makes sure they have the freedom to choose. And you have the freedom to tell them “No, we’re not buying that, just listen to it on Sonos.” You can save a lot of money on not buying music that will lose it’s “cool” faster than a mackerel in sunshine.
Unlike the music that you listen to, which is totally cool all the time.
And find your favorite music, you will. Want to hear the Jefferson Airplane in 1966 at the Fillmore West? Go to Wolfgang’s Vault- it’s right there. So is J.Geils and Miles Davis. And Pandora can take any artist and create a playlist, so you hear new artists that you should like based on what you do like. So type in Justin Bieber, Insane Clown Posse or DeadMau5, and you’ve got a whole new world of music. And speaking of DeadMau5, he uses Sonos, as does Questlove. Both these artists make their living knowing about and playing a wide range of music, and Sonos is the medium they choose to fill their days (and their homes) with music.
So, don’t take a second (or third, or fourth) look at the Sonos because of the hype. Take a look because it just makes musical sense — especially when you’re dealing with an endless playlist.