IFA 2010: Spotify hitting Sonos multi-room music systems- VIDEO

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Spotify and multi-room streaming sound-system specialists Sonos have announced at this year’s IFA conference that they are to join forces. From the end of September, all Sonos systems will be upgraded to 3.3, which (when paired with an iPhone/iPad app and premium Spotify subscription) will allow wireless playback of Spotify tracks to any Sonos speaker in the house.

Tech Digest went hands-on with the app and connected S5 sound system, with Sonos product manager Craig Wisneski talking us through its features. Check it out in the video above.

“It’s great that people will be able to listen to Spotify whenever they want, wherever they want in their home,” said Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify. “We’re excited to partner with Sonos to deliver the unique Spotify experience in the home, with the same quality and ease of use that our users already love.”

“Spotify on Sonos has been the number one request from our European customers and we’re thrilled to deliver it,” adedd John MacFarlane, founder and CEO Sonos, Inc. “Our mission at Sonos is to play all the music on the planet, all over the house. By partnering with a leading music streaming service like Spotify, we can now offer more of our customers the ultimate jukebox experience at home.”

Tech Digest came away very impressed by the app’s implementation of Spotify. As intuitive as you could imagine, it featured drag and drop playlists, and simple controls for managing the service’s catalogue of tracks in each separate room. With so many companies now offering music streaming across the home, nabbing Spotify will give Sonos a great edge over the competition.

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Gerald Lynch

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