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Sonos backtracks on controversial speaker-bricking trade-in program

Sonos is backtracking on its contentious new trade-in program, which effectively bricked devices that were flipped into a "recycle mode" for a trade-in discount. Instead of ensuring all its old speakers end up in the garbage, the company is switching to a serial number-based validation system to snag a discount, and you can even hang onto your old, outdated speaker.

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Sonos kills support for legacy devices, potentially nerfing updates for your whole Sonos system (Update: CEO apology)

Sonos recently came under fire when news broke that it's permanently bricking perfectly fine devices as part of its trade-up program. This electronic waste issue might be amplified over the next months as Sonos has announced that it's deprecating software support for some of its older products starting in May. The catch is that if your home includes both legacy and modern devices, none will get updates anymore because Sonos products have to share the same software across a network. This forces you to purchase new speakers or amps if you wish to stay up to date with new features.

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Sonos sues Google for patent infringement, asks for sales ban on almost all Google devices

Amazon and Google's plays for user data have pushed the battle of the virtual assistants into the living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms via the smart speaker. Sonos, which makes a number of audio products compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, feels it has been squeezed by both companies of its intellectual property in the middle of this war. However, The New York Times reports the company has decided to target only Google in two federal lawsuits and has sought sales injunctions for its speakers, smartphones, and laptops.

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(Update: Now on Alexa and Bose devices) Sonos speakers now support Spotify Free accounts

 

Two years after hitting Google Home, Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through your Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify.

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Sonos reveals new Move portable speaker, plus mic-free One SL and Port for home theaters

Sonos has just announced a trio of new products: The Sonos Move, Sonos One SL, and Sonos Port. The star of the bunch is the Move, which is the first portable, IP-rated, battery-powered Sonos speaker, bringing you the company's stellar audio quality in a backyard-friendly package, together with Wi-Fi for at-home use and Bluetooth for on the go. It also has a new "Automatic Trueplay" feature that dynamically adjusts the speaker to fit any environment, wherever you take it.

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Sonos Move leak shows off company’s first portable speaker with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Sonos is basically synonymous with multi-room wireless audio and was around long before Google Home and Amazon Echo. The company doesn't rest on its laurels though and provides a constant stream of new devices and updated, enhanced software – it only recently added Google Assistant support to its One speakers. Over the weekend, another product emerged in a new leak courtesy of Winfuture. It's the portable Sonos Move equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a stationary charging dock.

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First-gen Sonos One smart speaker falls to $150 ($19 off) on Amazon

Anyone familiar with Sonos products will know how rarely discounted they are, so any reduction in price is a welcome sight. Amazon is currently offering the first-generation Sonos One speaker for $149.99, $19 less than Sonos' current price of $169 and $49 less than the old MSRP before the new model debuted.

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IKEA and Sonos introduce pair of SYMFONISK Wi-Fi speakers, including one that's a lamp

IKEA's embraced the smart home market with a growing range of different products, such as smart blinds, bulbs, and outlets, so when a partnership with Sonos was announced back in 2017, it didn't really come as a surprise. After teasing us with some first looks this January, today the two companies revealed the first fruits of their collaboration and introduced the SYMFONISK table lamp and bookshelf, both equipped with Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speakers.

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YouTube Music is now available on Sonos speakers

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Sonos and Ikea's collaborative Symfonisk line of speakers are coming this August

In the long-forgotten year 2017, Ikea announced that it was collaborating with Sonos for future products, and a year later it named the coming fruit of such a union: The Symfonisk line of speakers. Initially pegged for a nebulous "2019" launch, a video released by Ikea two days ago states that the new products will be landing this August.

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