Summary:

Sonos is launching its new universal search feature for Android. We discuss that and whole home audio on this week’s podcast. You’ll learn about different standards, how open Sonos plans to be and a connected speaker hack.

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The internet has likely killed the last media playing device, according to Tom Cullen, the VP of product management at Sonos. The co-founder of the connected speaker company thinks Blu-Ray is the last physical media most people will buy and everything else will be streamed. So this week, he and I, and my colleague Janko Roettgers have devoted the show to whole-home audio and video streaming. Janko shares his thoughts about the problems associated with Bluetooth as a transmission protocol for sound as compared to wI-Fi and lays out the myriad audio standards out there.

He also shares a hack involving the Chromecast and a cable that can turn any speaker into a connected speaker. Then, in the second half of the show, Cullen discusses the plans Sonos has for making your house talk to you. It involves less openness and more coding that many of my listeners might like, but Cullen does promise an SDK … eventually.

As Cullen says, the Sonos vision is that, “any sound on the internet will be able to be played out loud,” be it your thermostat or a customized doorbell chime (it’s like a ring tone for your house!). We also note that today is the day Sonos brings its new Android app that lets users search across myriad different music services and their home collections out of beta. So check out the app, and the podcast below.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Janko Roettgers and Tom Cullen, the VP of product management at Sonos

  • There are too many standards for whole home audio. We discuss them.
  • Janko shares a tip on how to turn your Chromecast into a connected speaker
  • Sonos doesn’t have an SDK for its speakers … yet
  • How do I get my home to talk to me?
  • Sonos will use your standard if it’s widely adopted. But please, let’s not go too crazy
  • Wi-Fi is better so Sonos is prepping to do away with the bridge

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