As you might remember, I'm currently testing the Sonos system and while I'm using it most of the time, for convenience reasons, from one of my Android smartphones or tablets, during the day in the office I'm often controlling it from my Windows 7 powered MacBook Air as well. You asked, we listened. However, so far the desktop version looked pretty basic and not half as funky and polished like the mobile clients but its seems this won't last any longer. As Sonos announced today on its blog, the team has been working "around the clock" to bring its customers two brand spanking new Sonos Controller apps for Mac and PC. The new Controllers will make it easier than ever to find, control and play music in any room.
Above, the old Sonos Controller (on the left) vs. the new Sonos Controller (on the right)
What can you look forward to? For starters - and maybe most important for all - faster access to music. The improved Search feature will let users quickly find artists, albums, songs, and stations from your music library, Internet radio and music services using a single search box. And users can use the better-than-ever, drag-and-drop interface to add one or multiple songs, albums, or playlists to your queue, room, or group of rooms for instant music gratification.
Furthermore the new controllers offer instant volume control, with a one-touch Party Mode that lets users set the volume in grouped rooms simultaneously. Plus, Sonos will bring some of the hidden perks of Sonos front and center, with the Sleep Timer and Alarms now accessible from the main window.
But the feature Sonos seems to be the most excited about is the new Mini Controller, a slick, pop-out of album art that lets users control their music while they are working in other apps.
The update is expected to be available next week. Sonos 3.7 will requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows XP Service Pack 3 or higher, including Vista and Windows 7.
Cheers ~ Arne