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Sonos Expands High Fidelity Audio With 24-Bit Music Streaming Option

Photo Credit: Alex Ghizila Some Sonos speakers now support high-fidelity 24-bit music streaming, thanks to Qobuz. Support for the Hi-Fi French streaming platform came to Sonos speakers two years ago. Now, Qobuz is bringing 24-bit audio to the Sonos S2 platform. Speakers compatible with the S2 app can play 24-bit audio. That’s almost every speaker […]

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Apple Kills Off Original HomePod Speakers to Focus on HomePod Mini

Photo Credit: Daniel Cañibano After four years, Apple has officially discontinued its original HomePod speakers. Instead, the Cupertino giant will focus on the HomePod mini, which it introduced last year. The larger HomePod speaker was supposed to be the answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google Home devices. But many people are happier with the cheaper, […]

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Sonos Isn’t Bricking Old Speakers – But Say Goodbye To Updates

Photo Credit: Sonos Sonos isn’t bricking old speakers anymore – but you can say goodbye to updates for them. Today Sonos revealed details surrounding its multi-room home audio strategy going forward. The smart speaker manufacturer drew heavy criticism when a recycling center employee highlighted its practices. Sonos was not recycling the speakers from its recycling […]

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Spotify, Pandora Could Be Allowed to Stream Directly on the Apple HomePod

Photo Credit: Unsplash A new report suggests Apple is considering opening its HomeSpot speaker to rivals like Spotify and Pandora. Bloomberg reports that Apple is discussing letting users choose third-party applications as their defaults. The move is likely a response to a Spotify suing Apple in Europe for favoring apps from its own ecosystem. Microsoft […]

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Sonos CEO Issues a Half-Baked Apology, Continues Bricking Old Speakers and Sending Them to Landfills

Photo Credit: Sonos Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has publicly apologized for confusion around Sonos’ smart speaker plans. The company announced that older hardware would stop getting software updates in May. Those devices will continue to function, but any new equipment in systems with old devices will not receive updates. Sonos is working on a solution […]

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Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Hardware in May — Even Though 92% of Its Speakers Are ‘Still In Use’

Photo Credit: Unsplash Sonos will stop updating its older speakers and hardware in May, the company has announced. Sonos says it is retiring old products because “they have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.” The change will affect many Sonos customers, as 92% of its products are still […]