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Sonos, a company that develops wireless speaker solutions, announced today that the official Android app was almost ready to rock your speaker setup and would be available soon.

Fully supporting multi-room configurations, the app will let you control music that is flowing to your Sonos speakers, sync all rooms to play the same song (hey, that's actually pretty cool), search your collection, control individual speaker volume, listen to online radio, and play music from a variety of services, such as Napster, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, and LastFM.

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The Sonos setup is not cheap - the flagship S5 wireless speaker costs a whopping $399 and the multi-room setup goes all the way up to $1000. Music lovers with some cashish who value this proposition, however, will find Sonos offerings highly tempting.

The app will be demoed at MWC in Barcelona next week and available for free to the public in March. In the meantime, feel free to check out this preview to see what's coming:

Press Release:

Rock the House: Sonos introduces Sonos Controller for Android

Wireless Music System for Android Provides Unlimited Music, Incredible Control and Amazing Sound in Every Room

London, UK – February 10, 2011 – Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced the Sonos Controller for Android, a free app that transforms most Android smartphones into a wireless music controller for the award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System. The Sonos Controller for Android, available in March as a free download from Android Market, will make its public debut next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. To watch a video introduction of the Sonos Controller for Android, please visit www.sonos.com/android.

With the award-winning Sonos S5 in any room and an Android phone in hand, music lovers will enjoy an unmatched wireless music experience in the home. You’ll be able to access and play a multitude of music and playlists from the Internet to your personal music library – all throughout the home, wirelessly. And with the free Sonos Controller for Android app, you can control all your music in every room instantly, all from the palm of your hand. In addition, the Sonos Controller for Android features Sonos’ latest innovation in the home music experience – music voice search – allowing users to find any artist, album or track by simply speaking into the phone.

“Sonos’ mission is to fill every home with music,” said John MacFarlane, CEO, Sonos, Inc. “We are thrilled to bring the joy of music to the homes of Android fans, worldwide.”

To enjoy music in any or every room of the home, all you need is a Sonos ZonePlayer and a Sonos Controller such as the free Sonos Controller for Android. The most popular Sonos ZonePlayer is the Sonos S5, an all-in-one wireless music system you can plug in anywhere. With the S5 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 synchronised. Or, mix it up and play different songs in different rooms.

When it comes to controlling Sonos, simply reach into your pocket for your Android smartphone. With Sonos Controller for Android, you can search for songs and stations by typing or speaking, select the music and control the volume in as many rooms as you like. And because your Android phone is controlling the music, and not the source of it, when a text comes in or you need to make a phone call, the music doesn’t stop.

Sonos connects directly to the Internet so you can access a world of music without ever turning on your computer. Search and play more than 100,000 Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts – from around the world. Play songs, playlists and radio from the most popular music services like Deezer, Last.fm, Napster, Internet Radio, Spotify, Wolfgang’s Vault, and more. And of course, Sonos can play your entire digital music library (such as iTunes) stored on a computer or Network Attached storage drive.

The Sonos Controller for Android is designed to work on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854. Sonos Controller for Android joins the family of Sonos Controllers which includes free apps for iPhone and iPad, a dedicated touchscreen controller, the Sonos Controller 200, and free software for your Mac or PC, included with every ZonePlayer. All controllers work together seamlessly.

Sonos will be demonstrating the Sonos Controller for Android at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 14-17, 2011. For a demonstration in person, you’ll find Sonos at the following locations:

· Android: Hall 8; Booth 8C25

· Motorola: Hall 8, Booth 8A28

· Sonos: Hall 7; Suite 7HS11

For more information about Sonos or to locate an authorised Sonos dealer in your area, please visit www.sonos.com.

Source: Sonos PR

Artem Russakovskii
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  • John J

    "sync all rooms to play the same song"

    WANT.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I would love this too but I also WANT $1000 in my pocket. Tough decision and definitely for those with the extra cash.

      • John J

        Life is full of hard decisions ;)

        Time to sell a kidney.

  • Dennis

    This is robbery. I have two Apple Airport Express's that I can play music through with either iTunes on a PC or directly from my iTouch. They cost $99 a piece and you simply hook them up to anything that takes a 3.5 mm jack OR optical output.

    I am not an apple fanboi by a long shot but the airport express is a great little piece of technology at a fraction of the cost this sonos junk is.

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