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Listen to music from Spotify and you can cast it to the system without touching it. Ask Alexa to play a song and she'll send it to the Sonos system automatically.
Brendan, I'm a Google Play user. Would I still be able to do this?
 

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Sonos has Airplay now. Airplay is so so underrated. It is simply the easiest way to stream to in house audio. You can be on your device (computer or phone) and simply select airplay as your output source.
 
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Looks like some of Sonos older stuff will no longer receive updates. This is any internet of things device eventually the company has to drop support going forward. It unfortunate but a fact of life in today's age. I'd assume it will still work as a 'dumb' speaker.

 
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Looks like some of Sonos older stuff will no longer receive updates. This is any internet of things device eventually the company has to drop support going forward. It unfortunate but a fact of life in today's age. I'd assume it will still work as a 'dumb' speaker.
It'll still function as a smart speaker, and Sonos announced yesterday that the affected products will be grouped together in the Sonos app so that they'll still function like normal while allowing newer products on the network to receive future software updates.

What this means: If you use your older Sonos products to play files from your computer or networked hard drive, you won't see any changes. If you use Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music or any other outside service, your older Sonos products will function like normal until those services change the way they connect to the Sonos ecosystem. New features offered by either Sonos or those services might not be supported by your older speakers in the future.

Personally, I have a few speakers that are old enough that they'll be affected by these changes. It's disappointing, but not surprising... you can't expect electronics that you buy in 2020 to receive free manufacturer updates and support for 5+ years. The alternative would be for Sonos to charge a monthly or annual service fee, which is simply bad from a customer standpoint considering the price of the products. Ultimately, I wouldn't be surprised if third-party hacks and updates for the older Sonos products become more of a thing, much like jailbreaks for iPhones. If the manufacturers are no longer supporting the older products, others will step up and develop mods for them.
 
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Looks like some of Sonos older stuff will no longer receive updates. This is any internet of things device eventually the company has to drop support going forward. It unfortunate but a fact of life in today's age. I'd assume it will still work as a 'dumb' speaker.

Sadly, in the IOT world, the network is only as secure as the weakest link .. which means any users still using these could potentially introduce problems to others.
 
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It'll still function as a smart speaker, and Sonos announced yesterday that the affected products will be grouped together in the Sonos app so that they'll still function like normal while allowing newer products on the network to receive future software updates.

What this means: If you use your older Sonos products to play files from your computer or networked hard drive, you won't see any changes. If you use Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music or any other outside service, your older Sonos products will function like normal until those services change the way they connect to the Sonos ecosystem. New features offered by either Sonos or those services might not be supported by your older speakers in the future.

Personally, I have a few speakers that are old enough that they'll be affected by these changes. It's disappointing, but not surprising... you can't expect electronics that you buy in 2020 to receive free manufacturer updates and support for 5+ years. The alternative would be for Sonos to charge a monthly or annual service fee, which is simply bad from a customer standpoint considering the price of the products. Ultimately, I wouldn't be surprised if third-party hacks and updates for the older Sonos products become more of a thing, much like jailbreaks for iPhones. If the manufacturers are no longer supporting the older products, others will step up and develop mods for them.
I wasn't 💩on Sonos. I get it. Google 86'ed my Chromecast Audios last year. Not happy about it but it still works and with either a Sonos or CCA I don't see much of attack vector outside of botnets but processing power is very limited.
Sadly, in the IOT world, the network is only as secure as the weakest link .. which means any users still using these could potentially introduce problems to others.
There should regulations that at the very least security patches should be issued from 3 (ideally 5) years from date of last manufacture. Millions (likely soon to be billions) of unpatched devices on the public internet isn't good for business.
 
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There should regulations that at the very least security patches should be issued from 3 (ideally 5) years from date of last manufacture. Millions (likely soon to be billions) of unpatched devices on the public internet isn't good for business.
Agreed - IMO, with or without regulation, I think this is exactly what we will see .. and it will be an attack vector. No one wants to replace things (especially the things they can't see or don't touch frequently). They'll view it as saving money or present it as 'cost savings' - when instead, there is going to be alot of risk behind that.
 
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