Fully Wireless: Apple Now Sells Sonos Speakers
If the death of the iPhone's headphone jack hasn't made it obvious, Apple is serious about wireless audio. The company will soon sell Sonos' popular wireless speakers both online and at Apple stores, giving you an easy way to blast your favorite music from your iOS device without dealing with any pesky analog cables.
According to a Sonos blog post, the company's $199 Play:1 and $499 Play: 5 speakers are both coming to the Apple store. You can buy them online right now, or in-person starting on Oct. 5. And if you nab one between now and Dec. 31, you'll get a free three-month gift card for Apple Music — perfect for breaking in your shiny new speaker.
The Play: 1 is the smallest member of the Sonos family, with a compact, cylindrical design that you can pair with another Play: 1. The bigger Play: 5, which we awarded an Editor's Choice, offers rich, balanced sound and can be paired with other Sonos speakers for multi-room audio. Both speakers play music over Wi-Fi and are powered by the Sonos app, which provides a central hub for accessing your various streaming services and music libraries.
The Sonos Play: 5. Photo: Sonos
Apple is also selling the $99 Sonos Boost, which creates a dedicated network for your Sonos speaker in the case that your Wi-Fi is spotty at home. That gadget doesn't include the Apple Music trial, though.
Perhaps the biggest news here is that it will soon be much easier to try out a Sonos speaker for yourself. Outside of the occasional Best Buy or Target, there aren't many places you can see a Sonos speaker in-person before deciding to drop cash on one. According to Sonos, shoppers "in more than 140 Apple Stores" will get to go hands on with the company's speakers as part of a special guided demo.
It's a good time to be a Sonos shopper, and not just because of this Apple deal. The company is adding Alexa voice control to its speakers, and is working on a handful of software updates meant to make the Sonos app more robust and intuitive than ever. Sonos makes some of the most lauded wireless speakers out there, and fortunately, Apple is making it easier than ever to see what all of the fuss is about.