Sonos Radio launched as free music service

Curated output available from the likes of Thom Yorke and David Byrne

by Andy Bassett

Multiroom speaker veteran, Sonos has announced the launch of Sonos Radio, an in-house, curated streaming service that is free to owners of its speaker systems.

Ideally timed for those in lockdown who are wanting additional musical content to peruse, Sonos Radio is an ad supported service that splits its output into four sections, Sonos Sound System, Artist Stations, Sonos Stations and Global Stations. 

Anyone who already listens to the existing radio stations Sonos brings together will be familiar with what the Global Stations output provides. Partners TuneIn and iHeartRadio (with more to come) provide 60,000 worldwide stations covering music, news, sport and local communities. This element of the service remains available to all of Sonos’s customers wherever they are located.

The three new in house services however, are only accessible in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Australia, with the company planning to expand availability in future. 

Of these three services, only Sonos Stations, with its 30 stations based on some of Sonos’s favourite genres and moods, is interrupted by ads in a similar fashion to the free tier of Spotify. 

Sonos Stations

The ad free Sonos Sound System features content that has been handpicked by a team of curators, DJs and artists who will queue up diverse musical selections from genre favourites both classic and current, and the stream is recorded in a newly-built radio studio in Sonos’s flagship store in New York City. Every Wednesday will see artist-hosted hours kicking off the stream, with the likes of Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers, and Jeff Parker (Tortoise) lined up, allowing for music, commentary and stories straight from the creative source.

More ambitious, is the Artist Station, also ad free, which is totally artist-curated and will feature a regularly updated stream of hundreds of songs from artists inspired by their own influences and obsessions. Thom Yorke’s station, In the absence thereof..., launches today, with upcoming stations from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and David Byrne. New artist stations will launch regularly.

Currently, Sonos Radio is not compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice control on Sonos hardware that supports these smart voice assistants.

Updating to the latest Sonos Controller version will enable access to Sonos Radio in the Browse section of the app. 

Why not update your Sonos app today and let everyone in the discussion thread know what you’re particularly enjoying on Sonos Radio.

Source: Press Release
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