While Sonos makes some decent speakers, many feel that its apps are lacklustre at best. If you fall into this camp, you'll be pleased to hear that Sonos hardware is now starting to play nice with Spotify Connect. If you sign up for the Sonos public beta, you'll be able to control your speakers from inside the Spotify app. That includes multi-speaker and multi-room setups -- change one or change the lot, it's your choice. If you have friends over that want to play DJ, they can also queue up songs and playlists from their own Spotify app, instead of downloading the Sonos equivalent.
The Sonos app isn't going anywhere, so if you prefer it you can just continue as normal. Teaming up with Spotify, however, is a smart way for the company to make its speakers more flexible. Sonos is fighting on two fronts; in the hardware game, it's up against a deluge of high-end speakers, as well as the Assistant-powered Google Home and Alexa-integrated Amazon Echo. On the software side, it's tackling Google Cast and the oft-forgotten AirPlay. To keep its speakers attractive, Sonos needs to work with dominant and emerging services -- if it doesn't, the company's hardware will soon feel uncooperative, rather than seamless in the home.