Sonos (opens in new tab) the popular multi room entertainment system is a great bit of kit but the company has yet to release a official app for Windows Phone. Phonos seeks to fill that gap and allows you to control all the players and music services throughout your home. We previously covered the app and did an interview with the developer a while back if want to read our views on the unofficial solution.
An update to the app to take it version 4 has hit the Windows Phone Store today and brings with it a number of improvements.
Phonos already worked with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7 and from what I can tell the changes are mostly cosmetic. That’s from my own point of view, I use a range of music services like Last.FM and all seems very much business as usual. Phonos does seem much more responsive than on Windows Phone 7 and resuming seems much quicker also.
The UI changes are nice but I do miss having the album background matched with the album that is playing. The now playing screen shows you a peek of what is to come in the playlist but its not possible to swipe over to change the track, maybe the next update?
Here is the full list of features
- New for version 4.0: Modern UI!
- Choose music from your collection (by Artist, Album, Playlist, Track etc.)
- Choose music from Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iheartradio, Rdio, Last.fm, MOG, WiMP, Internet Radio, Line In, Music Shares, Sonos Playlists etc.
- Search for music from your collection, radio, or many music services
- See album artwork
- Control Volume/Mute
- Pin favorite pages to the Start screen for quick access
- Select Groups
- Easily add and remove rooms from a Group
- Room equalizer, including individual volume controls
- Set a Sleep timer
- Control Shuffle & Repeat modes
- Add and Remove tracks from the queue
- Share the music you are playing via Facebook/Twitter/Email/Text message
For those with a Sonos and a Windows Phone, Phonos does provide one of the best user experiences in my opinion so have a try. It costs $9.99 if you want to buy it, before you complain about the price, how much did that Sonos kit cost you again?
Grab it from the Windows Phone Store here
Official Website here
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I wonder if he can tie in Nokia music? Nice app
I would hate to buy this just to have an official Sonos app (free even) come out in the next several months. For now, I will just continue to use my iPod to control my Sonos equipment. Yes, the Sonos speakers were expensive, but I am not paying $9.99 for something I can currently do for free.
Would love this on my Surface RT!!!
Wish it worked for Zune
Picked up an Ativ Smart pc so I use the Windows 8 app and it works really well. For phone apps I prefer the iOS version. I'll continue to wait for an official app from Sonos which will be free.
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