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Sonos released a beta app a few weeks back that is much less... unattractive. The company isn't stopping with the looks, though. Sonos is getting official support for Google Play Music today, allowing you to stream tunes directly to your Sonos speakers from Google's cloud.

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Sonos-enabled Google Play Music

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Left: Updated Sonos 4.3. Right: Sonos 5.0 beta

Sonos already supports a few dozen music services around the world, but Google Play is particularly big for Android users. With this addition, you have access to all the music available in your Google Play Music library – that might just be what you've uploaded, or the whole All Access catalog, if you're a subscriber. Just log into your Google account from Sonos, and you'll be able to stream from Play Music directly. Furthermore, Sonos speakers will now appear as targets in the Play Music app for Android, making the process even more seamless – just pop open the cast menu and choose your speakers.

To get started, simply update your controller and speaker firmware to version 4.3 or higher and grab the updated Sonos Android app v4.3, which is needed to see the new SONOS targets in the Play Music app.

Sonos and Google are excited to announce the addition of Google Play Music to the Sonos platform. Experience Sonos like never before: listen to the music you love directly from your Google Play Music App on your Android device or from your Sonos Controller. A world of music is waiting.

To add Google Play Music, update your system to Sonos software version 4.3, now available, by tapping Update Now on your music menu, or by checking for updates under Manage > Check for Software Updates (Controller for PC or Mac), or inside Settings (Controller for iOS or Android).

Google Play Music is available in both Standard and All Access subscriptions and is available in the following 25 countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

For more information on adding and using Google Play Music, please see our FAQ here.

[Sonos Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • oOoo

    :O

  • baza58

    Please, PowerAmp, I'm begging you. -.-

    • Spasillium

      First thought that came to mind after reading this article. Right now I'm using GMusicFS with PowerAmp but that app has so many problems with syncing and mounting but it's all we have for now.

  • Limetime

    Will it be possible to play music in sync on several speakers? And would that work on bluetooth or chromecast? Any ideas if it will in the future?
    I know you can with Sonos and other sources.

    • joeljfischer

      Looking at the pictures, it looks like it works with the groups you have ("Living Room +1"). It wouldn't work on BT or Chromecast b/c Sonos built out that system on their own.

      • Ryan Steddy

        Yeah Sonos have their own form of wifi, you have to buy a device to connect your ordinary wifi to the sonos one (or do via ethernet).
        But yeah basically Sonos is a closed off system and can't be used with Chromecast.

    • Frank Hart

      Apparently, you will have to use the Sonos app if you want to use multiple speakers/rooms at the same time.

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

        This is correct.

  • Tim S

    This is great news, though not a perfect solution. Now I need to get my All Access to change from US $ to British £. I should never have signed up for the free trial on a VPN with a US pre paid card! Any idea how to change it back?

    • Zargh

      You should contact Play customer service via email/phone, apparently they can fix it.

      • Frank Hart

        True. Worked for me.

      • Tim S

        Great! Thanks for your help. Didn't even realise it was possible to call / email them!

  • Ryan Steddy

    You don't know how happy this makes me. I really didn't think Google would let this happen at all, especially with the Chromecast having similar features albeit through a TV sound system. :-)

    • Alberto

      I agree but Google want to expand Google music now with Sonos they can get thousands more to join all access.

  • Rick Fisher

    alright. Count me as a new All Access subscriber, Google. You've won my business.

    • sssgadget

      What is the advantage of expensive Sonos system vs a relatively inexpenisve Bluetooth system?

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

        Playing to multiple speakers in different rooms at the same time.

        • sssgadget

          Well for that you need multiple Sonos speakers ;) . But a good way to fill the whole house with music.

          • Michael Gillenwalters

            It's the ONLY way to fill the house with music!!!

      • Alberto

        Have one app not 3 or more to do the same thing. Wireless freedom the can talk on the phone without worrying about being close to your bluetooth speaker

      • Jordan Harvey

        With a bluetooth speaker it can only be one speaker. Sonos you can add multiple rooms having them play the same music. It sounds much better. You have a lot more freedom, as in you can keep your phone on you and not have to keep it within a certain range of the speaker.

        Its an awesome system.

      • Michael Gillenwalters

        The music played on the Sonos system doesn't have to come from your device like it does with a bluetooth device. Simply use the application to pull up one of your music services (Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Google All-Access, etc) and it pulls the stream directly from the source rather than your phone. If you have multiple Sonos units you can link them together or play entirely different music on them as you see fit. I could go on and on, but simply put they are the industry leaders for many reasons and you'll pay a premium for their superior product.

  • Frank Hart

    Really happy to hear this. Using Macronos worked pretty well, but official support is much better. Especially since it probably won't work much longer because of a change in the chromecast discovery process, according to the author.

  • b0b

    This was already possible for months using either Cast to UPnP/DNLA for GMusic (works with all DLNA devices) or Macronos (Sonos only).

    • Michael Gillenwalters

      Yes, but it can be a bit wonky using these. This update solves any issues with stability that I've encountered with these other choices. Additionally, with the update it doesn't need to stream from my phone like it was with these choices.

  • hp420

    Wait...who updated, google music or sonos? The Verge says the google music app updated, you guys say sonos updated. So which is it?

    • Ryan Steddy

      It seems as though both. If you look at the screenshots you can access your sonos speakers through Google Music and Sonos. I'm not at home so I can't check.

    • Sean

      Based on the announcement on the Sonos forum (http://forums.sonos.com/showthread.php?p=223180#post223180), it sounds like it's an update to the software on your Sonos system, not an update to the controller app or the Play Music app.

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

        Actually, you need the update to the Sonos Android app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonos.acr to be able to control Play Music in the Android app and send it directly to your Sonos groups, for example.

        In fact, I just tried it without the latest Android app update, which is now live, and the cast targets in Play Music don't appear. As soon as I updated Sonos for Android to 4.3, Play Music for Android itself started showing the targets.

        The weird part is that the latest beta for Android doesn't seem to support this Play Music app casting.

        • Alberto

          Beta tester no update 😕

          • Alberto

            Just add service it will be there

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

            I'm told the beta app will be updated shortly with support for Play Music Android app cast targets.

          • Frank Hart

            The beta works fine, but I had to re-install the latest version before it worked.

  • vyktorsouza

    is that a Nexus 5 running JellyBean? lolwut

    • ddpacino

      They always seem to make crazy gaffes with photoshopping screenshots.

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

      Just updated with all our screenshots.

  • spovat

    yeeessss =)

  • spovat

    yeeessss =)

  • Jordan Harvey

    This was only the reason keeping me at Spotify, already switched over to All Access. I love my sonos equipment. An awesome idea would be if you could use Chromecast as part of your multi-room setup. So meaning you can select a Chromecast to play the same music going through your Sonos speakers. I doubt this would ever happen though.

    Still happy to have All Access on Sonos.

  • Alex James Simon

    Now if only PowerAmp or Neutron would implement this.

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