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One Final Boxing Week Deal From Sonos

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 18, 2020 by itnerd

Sonos has just announced one final Boxing Week deal to cap off 2020. Enjoy $100 off Sub ($799 CAD) and Beam ($399 CAD) between Dec 24 – 31. You can visit the Sonos promotional offers page to confirm when this and other savings are live.

Sonos Shares Holiday Promos And Giving Tuesday Announcement

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 23, 2020 by itnerd

Sonos reached out to share some holiday news from Sonos – including a Giving Tuesday initiative and new Cyber Monday one day only offer. 

As part of Sonos’ efforts to promote the power of music bringing positive change, this Giving Tuesday (Dec 1) the company is: 

  • Donating 10% of its Giving Tuesday profits (up to $230K CAD) through Sonos.com to participating nonprofits around the world. New partners include SMASH SeattleMusic Heals UsJazz Foundation of America, and Guitars for Vets as part of it’s Soundwavesprogram. 
  • Dedicating 100% of its ad space on Sonos Radio to nonprofit organizations to give them a platform to raise awareness for their causes during a time when many are encountering severe funding constraints. This initiative will continue beyond Giving Tuesday as Sonos has committed to dedicating 5% of its ad space to nonprofits that align with Sonos’ social impact mission moving forward.

On a separate note – here’s a reminder about Sonos’ great savings for the holiday season.

Cyber Monday (**Nov 30 only**)

  • Save $150 on Five ($449) and Amp ($649)
  • Save $70 on One ($179) and One SL ($159)

Save on Brilliant Sound (Nov 22-30)

  • Save $150 on Move ($349), Beam ($349), and Sub ($749) 

Treat Yourself (Dec 4-13)

  • Save $50 on One ($199) and One SL ($179) between Dec 4 – 13

Sonos Announces Some Holiday Promos

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 28, 2020 by itnerd

This year, Sonos is offering great savings across its family of products that I wanted to put on your radar. I’ve included a few of these offers below:

  • Brilliant Sound Upgrade – Take your and your loved ones’ at-home sound experience to the next level with a $150 CAD savings on Move ($349 CAD), Beam ($349 CAD) and Sub ($749 CAD) between Nov 22 – 30.
  • Treat Yourself – Get a head start on treating yourself in the new year with a $50 savings on One SL ($179 CAD) and One ($199 CAD) between Dec 4 – 13.

And don’t forget – if you’re a fan of The Mandalorian, Sonos has joined forces with the series award-winning composer Ludwig Göransson to debut a new hand-curated station exclusively on Sonos Radio, starting October 30.

Sonos Serves Up Their Must Have Gifts For 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2020 by itnerd

While the holidays will look a little different this year, Sonos believes the right sound — your favorite track, a throwback holiday film, even the crackles and pops of a yule log — can make everything merrier and brighter.

Sonos is sharing our new Sonos Gift Guide to spark gift giving inspiration this holiday season. Here’s a few of our favorites that they thought would be of interest to you:

  • The Endorphin Enthusiast — You know that friend who’s always posting a sweaty selfie? With Sonos Move, they can soundtrack their workouts and experience studio vibes from home or anywhere their training session takes them. Sweatproof and drop-resistant, Move works seamlessly for backyard yoga or bedroom cycling.
    • Did You Know? 68% of people say if they’re thinking about skipping a workout, music can help get them started.
  • The Sports Fanatic — Sports may look a little different this year, but you can bring the stadium vibes to the living room with Sonos Beam for the friend who lives for game day. Beam’s compact size is perfect for a room where space is at a premium but still powerful enough to get you on your feet.
  • The Nostalgist — For your crate-digging friend who could use a (slight) modernization to their retro lifestyle. With Sonos Five, they can give their vinyl collection new life by connecting it to their turntable for a high fidelity listening experience. Pair with another Sonos speaker and enjoy your favorite record in any (or every) room, or stream direct from your favorite music app. 

You can find out more about these stats by taking a look at the Sonos Brilliant Sound Survey.

Sonos Announces Sonos Arc And Other Hardware & Software

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 6, 2020 by itnerd

Today, Sonos introduces Sonos Arc, the premium smart soundbar that brings immersive, cinema-quality sound to your living room. Arc builds on Sonos’ industry-leading innovations in home theater, a design elegant for the home with software-driven audio that immerses listeners in dramatic detail, crystal clear dialogue and impressive bass, featuring support for Dolby Atmos. Equally great for music and home theater, Arc is more than just a soundbar, delivering brilliant sound for TV, movies, gaming, music, podcasts, radio, and more.  

Alongside Arc, Sonos introduces additional updates for hardware and software: 

  • The new Sonos Sub (Gen 3) brings the same great sound performance and iconic design with updated internals, enabling even more. Sub (Gen 3) can be wirelessly paired with a Sonos speaker for even more bass for home theater or music. 
  • Introducing Sonos Five, an update to Play:5 (Gen 2). Five brings updated internals and design updates to Sonos’ most powerful speaker for music. The acoustic architecture and experience of Sonos Five remains consistent with its predecessor, with a fine-tuned monochromatic design.
  • The new S2 app and operating system will be available on June 8, enabling new experiences for customers including support for higher resolution audio, updated interface, and more personalization including saved room groups. Sonos Arc, Five, and Sub (Gen 3) will run exclusively on the new S2 app.

Sonos Arc ($999 CAD), Sonos Sub ($899 CAD) and Sonos Five ($599 CAD) are available for pre-order today on Sonos.com, and available globally starting June 10.

Sonos Radio Rolling Out Via A Software Update Today

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 21, 2020 by itnerd

Sonos is launching Sonos Radio, a free, ad-supported streaming radio service, available to Sonos customers in more than 10 million homes rolling out today with a software update. Nearly half of all listening time on Sonos is dedicated to radio and Sonos Radio was built as a new way for customers to explore radio and discover new music and services on Sonos.

Starting today, Sonos customers will be able to: 

Listen to more than 60,000 stations from multiple streaming partners in one place. Complementing the 100+ streaming options available on Sonos, the new service introduces a holistic and cohesive way to explore radio. Listen to music, news, sports from around the world from long-time partners, including TuneIn, iHeartRadio (North America), and more partners to come. UK-based radio service Global and Radio.com in the US will be added soon. 

Sonos Original Programming Coming Soon: 

Sonos Radio will feature original programming that includes music handpicked by DJs and artists. Sonos’ original programming is available in X and will roll-out to other countries over time. 

  • Stream Sonos Sound System: Sonos’ signature ad-free station, curated and hosted by the Sonos team, features a stream of new and well-known music, behind-the-scenes stories, as well as guest artist radio hours. A 60-minute artist hosted radio hour is released every Wednesday, featuring music and commentary about inspiring artists, releases, and the host’s latest work. 
  • Ad-Free Artist Stations Ad-free artist stations feature song selections from artists inspired by their own influences and obsessions. In the Absence Thereof…, from Thom Yorke, premiers today. Artist stations from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, David Byrne of Talking Heads, and Third Man Records to follow. 
  • Sonos Stations, offering 30+ stations of handpicked music inspired by Sonos customers most loved genres.

Sonos will also debut its new sonic branding created by iconic composer Philip Glass with Sonos Radio.

Global radio stations will be available for all customers worldwide. Sonos’ original programming will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia beginning today. Support for additional countries will follow.

Sonos Illustrates How Music Can Help Us During This Difficult Time

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 3, 2020 by itnerd

As many people are adjusting to their homes taking on new meaning – place of work, the classroom, the gym, the cinema, the concert venue, and more – here are a few ways Sonos can help by making it easy to stream great sound for anything. 

Home office help

Music can help increase productivity and boost your mood during the work day. In a study we compiled last year (more insights below), 67% of people said listening to music helps them get more done than drinking a cup of coffee. Try a pair of Sonos Ones or One SLs in your home office, or if you find yourself working everywhere from the patio to the kitchen, Move is the most versatile option to bring the music seamlessly from room to room.

Stream it all in brilliant sound 

Whether the latest Netflix binge, a workout on Hulu, a cooking class on YouTube, or a live concert on Instagram – you can listen to it all on Sonos. Meanwhile, your favorite albums, podcasts, and audiobooks are a great way to break up the screen-time. Beam is the best option for people who want great TV sound with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Airplay 2 built in. Sonos also has home theater sets for those looking for 5.1 surround sound. 

Escape with music

As a company, Sonos is obsessed with music and audio. It drives everything they do and is getting all of us through this time. In their research last year, we also learned 80% of parents said they hope their kids like their favorite music, and 65% of people listen to music their parents introduced them to.

With help from Sonos colleagues, they are adding new playlists including one for parents and kids. Here are three of the latest on Spotify (also available on other platforms).  

Finally, along with fast and free shipping, Sonos has extended our return policy to 100 days (money back guarantee) and there are some offers for the next few weeks on Sonos.com for OneOne SLBeam and speaker sets.

Brilliant Sound Survey Insights (global)
Music has a transformative power to increase productivity and reduce stress.

  • 67% of people say listening to music helps them get more done than drinking coffee.
  • 74% of people say listening to music helps reduce stress.
  • 76% of people say that listening to music helps them produce their best work. 
  • 42% of people say podcasts had a relaxing effect on their mood. 
  • 75% of people say music has made them laugh or cry unexpectedly.

Listening Motivates Us Toward Health Goals

  • 68% of people say that music helps motivate them to workout when they’re tempted to skip it. 
  • Majority of listeners say that music helps encourage them to workout longer (52%), push themselves further (55%) and exercise with greater intensity (51%)
  • 75% of people say that music has a bigger impact on their workout regimen than any supplement does.

Sonos Will Release Sonos S2 App & OS…. But Some Hardware Will Be Left Behind

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 18, 2020 by itnerd

Sonos has posted a FAQ that details an upcoming app and OS called Sonos S2. It’s going to power their next generation of products and services. One key feature is that Sonos S2 will allow for higher-resolution audio which is beyond the CD quality audio that they currently offer. There’s other functionality that Sonos S2 will offer, but there are not a whole lot of details on that just yet. I suppose that we will hear more in June when this is supposed to ship.

Now to facilitate this, Sonos is leaving some hardware behind. Specifically:

  • Zone Players
  • CR200
  • Bridge
  • Connect (Gen 1)
  • Connect:Amp (Gen 1)
  • Play:5 (Gen 1)

The company has said that these devices will no longer receive new features as of May since they lack the necessary processing power, though they’ll still get bug fixes and security patches.

I think this is a necessary move. Sonos has to move forward and they can’t do it by having to try and support hardware that can’t do what they want it to do. So unlike their shambolic trade up program, which they eventually had to walk back, this is something that I support. I for one will be interested to see the capabilities of Sonos S2. Hopefully Sonos will share those details soon.

Sonos QUIETLY Walks Back The “Recycle Mode” Fiasco

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 5, 2020 by itnerd

You might remember that Sonos had a program earlier this year where a customer who leverages this nets a 30% discount off a new device. But the catch was that you had to put your existing Sonos speaker in what Sonos calls “Recycle Mode”. That starts a 21 day countdown that at the end of the 21 days, your existing Sonos device gets “bricked”. And by “bricked” I mean it no longer works. Forever. You can then take it to your local eWaste recycling center or send it back to them.

To nobody’s surprise, this was an #EpicFail. But according to The Verge, that’s changed:

The trade-up program still exists, and customers who own eligible legacy products can get the same discount, but they’re no longer required to permanently brick devices that might still work just fine.

With the change, Sonos is now giving customers full control over what happens with the older gadgets they’re “trading” up from. They can choose to keep it, give it to someone, recycle it at a local e-waste facility, or send it to Sonos and let the company handle the responsible recycling part. Sonos quietly removed Recycle Mode from its app last week and replaced it with language asking anyone seeking the discount to call customer service. Within the next few weeks, Sonos will update its website with a new flow for the trade-up program that no longer includes Recycle Mode, and you won’t have to call anybody.

Well, that’s a great change. But it’s a quiet change. They might have been better off saying to anyone who will listen that this change happened and they’ve learned from their mistake. But they didn’t do that and I guess that they were hoping that nobody would notice.

So much for that.

There’s one other thing. Sonos still isn’t going to bring new features to older speakers. I guess they have to give you an incentive to get a new speaker.

Spend Family Day With Sonos

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 6, 2020 by itnerd

Since Family Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share the perfect soundbar to bring your family movie nights to the next level in case you’re planning to cozy up for the long weekend.

Sonos Beam is a 3-in-1 soundbar that delivers brilliant sound from your TV and all the music you want when your TV is off. Plus, Beam is equipped with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can set a timer for the pizza in the oven or ask for fun facts about your favorite characters.

Available to $499 CAD, Beam is the perfect way to up your streaming experience, and make the most of all the newest shows available on Disney+, including a childhood classic, Because of Winn-Dixie (releasing on Feb. 14) and more Marvel greatness —Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United (releasing on Feb. 16).