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Sonos controller goes live for iPad (update: Spotify too)

Sonos controller goes live for iPad (update: Spotify too)
Sean Hollister
Sean Hollister|September 29, 2010 12:55 AM
It's been a long three months, but the Sonos app for iPad is finally here, joining your iPhone in a quest to easily serve up music to every one of your fancy mesh-networked rooms. It's a free 7MB download, so if you've obtained the requisite technology, what have you got to lose? And hey, once you get used to the extra real estate, the company has a nice resting place for your iPhone, too. PR after the break, iTunes link immediately below.

Update: Europeans are also getting treated to Spotify access today with the release of the Sonos 3.3 software update. The Sonos Controller for the iPhone / iPod touch still hasn't been updated but it has to come soon -- those Spotify tracks won't change themselves.
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Wirelessly control all your music and rooms from any iPad
The Sonos Controller for iPad allows everyone in the home to play DJ

SANTA BARBARA, CA – September 29, 2010 – Sonos, Inc., the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today announced that the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available as a free app in the iTunes App Store.

Building upon the success of the highly rated and very popular Sonos Controller for iPhone, the Sonos Controller for iPad is a new, dedicated music controller that is optimized for the iPad's large touch screen. From the comfort of your couch, you and your friends can view your rooms, your music and what songs are playing – all at once-in landscape or portrait mode. Quickly search for your favorite artists by typing on the virtual keyboard and browse through albums by pointing and flicking. The Sonos Controller for iPad allows everyone in the home to play DJ. You can browse, search and drag and drop to create the perfect playlist. Get a complete view of what's playing in every zone, complete with full-color album art, elapsed time of a song, and more. Group your zones together or play different songs in different rooms – without interrupting music playback.

"The iPad, with its large, vibrant touch screen, provides an excellent Controller user experience for music in the home," said John MacFarlane, CEO, Sonos, Inc. "In keeping with the tradition of getting better over time-and, at no cost to our customers-we're thrilled to provide another free app that makes it fun and easy to search, find and play music in any and every room of their home."

Sonos gives you instant access to millions of songs and stations, including your iTunes collection. And because Sonos ZonePlayers connect directly to the Internet, you can access a world of music without ever turning on your computer. All you need is a Sonos ZonePlayer such as the Sonos S5 all-in-one wireless music system and a Sonos Controller such as the free Sonos Controller for iPad. Now you can play any track you like, anytime you like, in any room you like. Wirelessly play the same song in every room of the house – perfectly synchronized. Or, mix it up and play different songs in different rooms. And control it all anywhere you like, right from your iPad (or iPhone). Just pick a room, pick a song and touch play.

In conjunction with the new Sonos Controller for iPad, Sonos released Sonos System Software 3.3, a free one-button software update to the Sonos Multi-Room Music System. With Sonos 3.3, Sonos now supports AAC radio stations - adding to the more than 100,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts you can stream directly on Sonos. In addition, all Sonos customers in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK now have instant access to ten million songs and all of their playlists on Spotify. Sonos Controller for iPhone 3.3 has been submitted to Apple and is pending approval. For more information about Sonos 3.3, please visit http://www.sonos.com/support/software_update.aspx.

To learn more about the Sonos Controller for iPad, please visit www.sonos.com/iPad. To place an order or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer, please visit www.sonos.com or call 877.80.SONOS.
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