Sonos are pioneers of wireless audio, now making AirPlay-compatible speakers for your music, TV, and movies.

An iCloud of Uncertainty — Mac Geek Gab 823

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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When iCloud works, it’s great. And, for the most part, that’s how it is. But sometimes…it just gets plain wonky. Several of you had several questions about that this week, and Dave and John dig in to get you sorted! That’s not all, though. Cool Stuff Found, routers, and even some future stuff is all up for discussion when your two favorite geeks get together this week. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Sonos Arc Review Part 1: Oh, That Wide, Glorious Sound

· Dave Hamilton · Reviews

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Sonos’ latest home theater speaker, the Sonos Arc, begins arriving in customers’ homes later this month. We’ve had a few days to take a look—and a listen—to what essentially becomes their “Pro” soundbar, and we are duly impressed.

Sonos S2 Arrives June 8th With Room Groups, Increased Audio Bandwidth, More

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

Screenshots of Sonos S2 App, including Room Groups

Sonos’s next-generation software platform, Sonos S2, will be available for everyone on June 8, 2020. Announced in March, this platform will allow Sonos to bring new features like room groups and increased audio bandwidth, allowing for a richer Sonos experience going forward. What it won’t bring with it are older Sonos units like the original Play:5 (Gen 1), Bridge, and others. No worries, though – there’s a path to keeping those online, too.

Sonos Arc Premium Soundbar Brings Dolby Atmos, Immersive Sound

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

Sonos Arc Soundbar Dolby Atmos on Stand with TV

On Wednesday, Sonos announced their latest hardware additions, featuring the Sonos Arc, a premium soundbar with support for Dolby Atmos. This marks the first Sonos product to support Dolby Atmos, and there are hints at support for higher resolution audio formats coming in the future. Two other pieces of hardware, Sonos Five (a PLAY:5 with revamped guts) and their 3rd-generation Sonos Sub, were also announced today.

Sonos Radio, Free and Ad-Supported Streaming Service, Launches on All Sonos Devices Today

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

Sonos Radio with Reggae and David Byrne

On Tuesday, wireless speaker company Sonos announced the rollout of Sonos Radio, a free and ad-supported streaming service that runs on all Sonos devices. The new Sonos Radio service will arrive by way of a software update and will include Artist Stations, Sonos Sound System, Genre Stations, as well as music, news, and sports from a growing list of over 60,000 world-wide radio stations.

Quick Tips, Sonos, Media, and Megabytes – Mac Geek Gab 799

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It seems there’s always something new to learn! This week that includes some iOS and watchOS tips, flight tracking, QuickLook for Applications, Networking, and more. Plus, discussions ensue to answer your questions about Sonos, sharing media, megabytes vs. megabits, and more. Press play to enjoy learning at least five new things!

Should Apple Buy Sonos?

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Writing for TechCrunch, Darrell Etherington argues that Apple should acquire Sonos, a company known for its speakers.

From an outsider perspective, it’s hard to find two companies who seem more philosophically aligned than Sonos and Apple when it comes to product design and business model. Both are clearly focused on delivering premium hardware (at a price point that’s generally at the higher end of the mass market) and both use services to augment and complement the appeal of their hardware…

I’m not much of an Apple pundit but I’m not seeing the need for Apple to buy Sonos. I think it would’ve made more sense for this acquisition in the past, but Apple already has the HomePod. Aside from the price and platform-specific complaints, I don’t think I’ve heard anything bad about the sound quality.

Persistence Is Reality – Mac Geek Gab 775

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Persistence is Reality - Mac Geek Gab 775

Sometimes your computer keeps doing something you don’t want it to do. Sometimes it stops doing something it’s supposed to be doing. Persistence is a finicky friend sometimes, and your two favorite geeks are here to help you with some of the specifics. Listen as John and Dave dig into Safari tabs, Apps on Apple Watch, displaying Time Zones in a world without Dashboard Widgets, and more. Press Play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Sonos Architectural by Sonance Outdoor Speakers with AirPlay 2 Support

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Sonos revealed a new range of indoor and outdoor speakers today, called the Sonos Architectural. There is a set designed for the ceiling, but the ones that really caught my eye are the Outdoor Speaker Pair. They look slick and should provide good sound quality outside of them, which is still not something to be taken for granted. All the news speakers work with the Sonos Amp, which means they support AirPlay 2. The Outdoor Speaker Pair costs $799 and is listed as “Coming Soon” for the time being.

Sonos Architectural by Sonance Outdoor Speakers with AirPlay 2 Support

Apple Watch Faces Price Hike From US Tariffs

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch import tariff

Your next Apple Watch could cost more thanks to tariffs the Trump administration is imposing on products imported from China.

Sonos Speakers Get AirPlay 2 Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Sonos speaker with AirPlay 2 support

Sonos just added AirPlay 2 support to its speakers, making them the first third-party offering that can take advantage of Apple’s streaming audio platform.