Apple Music Coming To Sonos In Mid-December

Whether you already have Sonos integrated in your home or you’ve got Apple Music on your Apple devices but always wanted a home system worthy of playing it through, then the news of Sonos and Apple Music coming together on the 15th December is sure to excite you!

Whilst initially it is only in beta, giving users the opportunity to test out how the overall experience works and what improvements need to be made, it heralds the dawn of a new era in streaming music.

If you already have Sonos in your home, then fantastic – you can get set up via your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch right now ready for roll out day on the 15th December by doing the following:

How to join the beta program:

  1. Open the Sonos app
  2. Tap “Settings” then “Advanced Settings”
  3. Tap “Beta Program”
  4. Tap “Join the Beta Program”
  5. When 15th December arrives, you will then be prompted to update and you will be ready to use with Apple Music

If you haven’t already got Sonos in your home, then now is the perfect time to get set up, or even think about giving a loved one a Christmas present they will absolutely cherish with one of our streaming ceiling speaker bundles, combining the Sonos CONNECT:AMP with high quality Canton ceiling speakers.

This can be a great starting point for setting up multi-room audio in your home, or maybe you have already considered such a set-up – with the announcement that Sonos will be paired up with Apple Music, the timing could not be any better for audiophiles wanting to fill their homes with great music and very little effort.

Ready to purchase? Then click on the button below to view our entire Sonos streaming and Canton ceiling speaker bundle range! Don’t forget to order soon as with Christmas delivery times, couriers become inundated with parcels over the festive period.

Streaming Ceiling Speakers

 

 

You might only be considering it at the minute, and you might not be quite sure if it’s for you, so instead, why not take a look at our guide outlining what to think about with such a system: Streaming Ceiling Speakers: What To Think About

Compare: Apple Lightning & Apple 30-Pin Connectors

The Apple Lightning Connector is the newest connector found on the iPhone 5 onward (including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and models released in September 2015), iPod Touch (5th generation) onward, iPad (4th generation) onward, iPad Mini, iPod Nano (7th generation), and Apple Pencil. The connector was changed to the Lightning Connector from the 30-Pin Connector.

Apple’s 30-Pin connector was common to most Apple mobile devices (iPhone (1st generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 1st-4th generation iPod Touch, iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3) from its introduction with the 3rd generation iPod in 2003 until the Lightning connector was released in late 2012.

So what does this mean?

Well it means a lot, first thing to know is that Lightning Connector is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector as found on most Docking Stations. Plus the new Lightning Connector is a digital only output, meaning it simply can’t be adapted to fit in an old 30-pin connector. It is useful as the cable can connect either face up or face down.

Official Lightning connectors contain an authentication chip, meaning it is difficult for third-party manufacturers to produce compatible accessories without Apple’s approval.

Apple however offer a solution, currently at a cost of £25 Apple offer DAC Lightning to 30-pin Adapter to get around the problem (as well as other connectors for USB, HDMI, VGA and SD cards).

At the moment. our Apple iPhone / iPod Docking Stations are not compatible with the new iPhone 5 or new generation of iPod devices, however we are working with our manufactures and suppliers to look into a solution.

If you already have a Docking Station then at the moment the only solution is to purchase a Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter, this adapter is attached to the bottom of the iPhone or iPod and will allow you to use in an old 30-Pin Connector Docking Station. We recommend only using official Apple adapters to use when converting from 30-Pin.

What are my other options?

Apple’s range of iPhones, iPods, and iPads now feature Bluetooth functionality and can connect effortlessly with speakers that feature built-in Bluetooth receivers.

By using this feature, it allows you to control your device and not be restricted from using it when otherwise out of reach when docked.

More so is the importance of using Bluetooth now as, with our experience, docking stations that are not compatible with the newer Lightning connections and are reliant on adaptors

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