Direct Access to More Than Five Million Songs Via Napster(R) is the
Biggest Thing to Happen to Music at Home Since the CD Player
SANTA BARBARA, CA, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -- Sonos(R), Inc., the leading developer
of wireless multi-room music systems for the digital home, today released
Sonos System Software 2.5, a revolutionary software update to its
award-winning music system. Sonos 2.5 is a feature-packed update that enables
music lovers in Canada to connect directly to millions of songs and thousands
of radio stations without ever installing an application or turning on a
computer. This key innovation opens the world of multi-room digital music to
anyone with a broadband connection.
For the first time ever, music fans in Canada can now connect directly to
Napster(R) and access its library of more than five million songs all from the
palm of their hand via the wireless Sonos Controller. The computer-free,
direct-to-service approach of Sonos 2.5 allows users to find and play the
music they want the moment they pick up the Controller.
"If there is one thing we consistently hear from our customers, it is
that they enjoy more music with Sonos than they ever have before," said John
MacFarlane, Chief Executive Officer, Sonos, Inc. "This new software release
marks the arrival of a new era in music enjoyment in Canada by fully realizing
the dream of a giant jukebox where you can find any tune and play it in any
"Sonos is one of the few companies that really understand that music
should be easy to get and that it shouldn't require a PC to make the solution
work," said Rob Enderle Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. "The next
generation of home entertainment is all about multimedia services in the
Internet cloud. This move by Sonos represents the next big step in making that
vision a reality."
With Napster on Sonos, music lovers can enjoy music from Napster's
massive catalog, plus easy access to its music discovery tools such as Napster
charts, pre-programmed playlists, staff picks, music sorted by genre, and
commercial-free radio stations. In addition, Napster's innovative automix
discovery feature finds and plays tracks like the one you're listening to.
With a single click, automix queues up hours of related music, streaming a
customized playlist based on the Napster community's music preferences. Each
Sonos customer in Canada will receive a free 30-day Napster Trial -- no signup
or credit card required. Following the 30-day trial, Sonos customers can
access Napster for $9.95 Canadian per month.
Sonos 2.5 also features music search. Music search is a new addition to
the award-winning Sonos Digital Music System, allowing Sonos customers to
fully enjoy the million-song jukebox experience. With millions of songs to
choose from, Sonos search allows music lovers to find and play the songs they
want from Napster as well as their own music library. With the wireless Sonos
Controller in hand, you can quickly search by Artist, Album or Track.
The new Sonos plug-and-play experience with Napster offers a variety of
unique features, including:
-- Mac and PC users can now enjoy Napster in every room. With Sonos 2.5,
Mac and PC users alike will be able to access Napster's five million
songs anywhere in the home.
-- Built-in music charts. Sonos 2.5 provides access to Napster's charts
of the top 100 songs, artists and albums across an array music
genres, making it faster and easier to find and play great music-from
the bedroom to the backyard.
-- Create an instant music library. When you find a song that you like
in the Napster catalog or while listening to automix, you can
instantly add the song or entire album to your music library -- right
from the palm of your hand.
Other new features of Sonos System Software 2.5 include:
-- Support for long track, artist and album names via text-scrolling on
the wireless Sonos Controller.
-- Better zone management. It is now possible to drop all grouped \
-- More ways to queue up music. It is now possible to add a track and
clear the queue at the same time. This was one of the most requested
features by the Sonos community.
-- Improved compatibility with Windows Home Server for centralized
storage and organization.
-- Enhanced support for Apple Computer's Airport Extreme(R).
For a flash demonstration of PC-free, direct access to music services on
Sonos, please visit: http://www.sonos.com/demos/napster_demo/. For more
information about the features of Sonos Software 2.5, please visit:
Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room digital music system that lets
you play digital music all over your house -- and control it from the palm of
your hand. With a wireless Sonos Controller, you'll have plug-and-play access
to millions of songs -- including online music and radio services, and your
personal digital music collection. And, with Sonos ZonePlayers in the rooms
of your choice, you can play the same song in different rooms, or different
songs in different rooms! To learn more about Sonos, please visit
About Sonos, Inc.
Sonos(R) is the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems
for the digital home. By partnering with audio services like Audible.com(R),
eMusic(R), Napster(R), Yahoo! Music(TM) Unlimited, and more, Sonos gives music
lovers instant plug-and-play access to millions of songs and audiobooks that
can be enjoyed all over the house. Sonos is sold in more than 50 countries
around the world. Sonos is a privately-held company, headquartered in Santa
Barbara, CA with offices in Cambridge, MA, Hilversum, Netherlands and Penang,
Malaysia. To find out more about the company or the Sonos Digital Music
System, please visit: http://www.sonos.com.
(c) 2004-2007 by Sonos Inc. All rights reserved. Sonos is a registered
trademark of Sonos, Inc. in the United States, Canada and Australia, and a
trademark of Sonos, Inc. in other countries. Sonosnet, ZonePlayer, ZoneBridge
and all Sonos logos are trademarks of Sonos Inc. in the United States and
other countries. All other products and services may be trademarks or service
marks of their respective owners.
About Napster (http://www.napster.com)
Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate in interactive
music experiences, creating better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy
music -- anytime, anywhere. With a Napster membership customers get unlimited
access to one of the biggest music catalogues worldwide with more than five
million tracks, for a flat monthly fee.
The company's offerings also include Napster To Go, which allows members
to fill and refill a compatible portable music device and listen to their
music on the move, and Napster Light, a more condensed service for those who
just want to purchase songs and albums a la carte.
Napster's European headquarters are based in Frankfurt, Germany with
worldwide operations located in Los Angeles. Napster's services are available
in markets across North America, Europe and Japan.
For further information:
For further information: Thomas Meyer, +1-949-212-6201,
Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Rachel Stagnaro, +1-805-965-3001, ext. 275, or
Cell, +1-805-450-3570, Rachel.email@example.com, both of Sonos, Inc., Web
Site: http://www.sonos.com, http://www.napster.com