The Internet and personal computers have certainly ushered in a new era. Digital content is here to stay and may even be the medium of choice for creation, storage and at least initially … consumption.
Many of you music aficionados have been ripping your CDs, purchasing digital downloads, subscribing to all-you-can-eat Web based music services, and even satellite radio, and I’m sure you’ve come to realize the ease and viability of listening to your music can very much be limited by your venue, device and service.
How do you listen to your iPod in the house? Do you walk around with ear buds? Do you have a dock in the kitchen? How do you change the song from the living room?
Do you sit in front of your computer listening to your Rhapsody music service? What about your Sirius subscription for the car? Does it play in the house too?
I’ve been on the hunt to unlock my digital music library and came across Sonos. They’re based out in Santa Barbara, CA. and have been around for a few years. These guys get it: existing digital content (your music, and subscription services) and a multi-zone home audio system that’s moderately priced, sets up in roughly 15-20 minutes and has the reliability of dial-tone. Not to mention that the UI on the controller will knock your socks off.
In short, you can play your digital music on your traditional analog stereo equipment, bookshelf and/or in-wall speakers. You have complete control over volume and song/playlist selection on a per zone(room) basis and can even select party mode so all zones receive the same tunes.
The Web is great and digital media is liberating, but somehow as we move forward our content gets locked into the digital world and the traditional consumption models get lost!
To me, Sonos reminds me of SharedBook: Web to Print, Reverse Publishing and Blog2Print!