Sonos Update: Apple iOS6 users

This news just released by Sonos regarding people using Apple devices as controllers-

Doug

Hear More Music LLC


From Sonos- We're sending out a software update tomorrow. If you're no longer running iOS6 on the iPhone or iPad you use with your Sonos, you'll be good to go. However, if you're still controlling your system with a device that's running iOS6, here are a few changes you should be aware of. 


What won't change: The way you play music. Browse your library and music services. Group rooms. Adjust and mute your volume. 

What you'll no longer be able to do: Set up a new Sonos system. Add new players to your current system. Change your system settings. Add or remove music services. Adjust the EQ. 

Not sure which iOS version you're running? Let's find out

If you're currently on iOS6, now would be a great time to upgrade. You can also find links to the latest version of the Sonos Controller app for any compatible device on Sonos.com

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your installing dealer or Sonos.com/support.

Residential network and wifi quality gaining importance

During our audio/video system installations the past several years we have been convinced of the importance of a quality internet network.  Like in many businesses today the home's internet network is now the backbone of the home.  This is especially true of one's wireless network and the many devices that now rely on it.

Five years ago there were generally a handful of wifi devices in use at home- a laptop, an iPad and a smartphone. Now, in addition to everyone in the house with a smartphone there are multiple laptops, iPads, Kindles, iPods, Roku, Apple TV, 'smart' televisions, lighting, audio, video (see a trend here?) on the wifi. The old $49 router from your local superstore just can't keep up with all of the internet and wifi traffic anymore.  This decreases the reliability when you want to stream music, youtube, etc.

In 2013 we began selling and installing a high end network product from Ruckus and Access Networks for clients who need a more reliable internet experience. We have now expanded that by adding a second supplier, Luxul, a company that offers a major performance upgrade over the old traditional router.  Luxul offers commercial-grade gigabit routers, switches and wifi access points (even outdoor access points!) that offer fast and reliable service for those who want such performance.

If you have questions regarding the addition of Luxul, Ruckus or Access Networks networking components for your home or commercial business please give us a call or drop us an email.  815.877.6832 / hearmoremusic@gmail.com.

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Sonos' Spotify News Update

Latest Spotify news from Sonos.  


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Sonos Spotify update Performance upped Radio added

Sonos and Spotify have been working together, making some significant upgrades to ensure that your customers who listen to Spotify on Sonos enjoySpotify, all around their house.
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Our latest update for Spotify users includes:
More Reliable Streaming
In the past, some of your Sonos customers may have experienced occasional Spotify service interruptions. We’ve worked in direct collaboration with our partners at Spotify to begin rebuilding the entire Spotify on Sonos experience around a new, more stable platform.
Spotify Radio
Listeners can now start a new station from any song that’s Now Playing. Or from a search for their favorite artist with the Start Artist Radio option.
Your Daily Soundtrack
An ever-changing selection of playlists that provides the perfect music for any moment, day or night. Based on time zone and updated five times daily.
Genres And Moods
Assorted mixes to match any mood.
Your Music
Easy access to favorite songs and playlists. Including Discover Weekly, a custom 2-hour mixtape tailored specifically for each listener and delivered every Monday.
Did we cover everything?
Not yet, but we wanted to get this new update into all our Spotify listeners’ hands as quickly as possible. This version does not support Artists andAlbums folders in Your Music and Playlist Folders. Spotify fans will be happy to know that their playlists are still all available, just not stored in folders.
We genuinely believe your customers who listen to Spotify on Sonos are going to appreciate these new features. And we’re committed to keep working together with Spotify until we have our listening experience completely dialed in. So please stay tuned for more good stuff to come.
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New $49 wifi tablet from Amazon!

Dear Sonos users-

If you desire additional controllers for your Sonos system Amazon may have just the ticket. They just began taking orders for a $49 Android-based controller.  It could be a perfect solution for downloading and using the Sonos app. See Amazon's info here:

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Amazon expects to put new tablets and Fire TVs under the Christmas tree with the launch of a $49.99 tablet, a new kids' tablet with a price cut, and two new Fire HD tablet sizes at 8 and 10.1 inches.

The 10.1-inch model is the company’s largest screen tablet to date.

On top of that, the company unveiled two new Fire TV cord-cutting streaming-media players, both the first with 4K Ultra HD streaming. And it added the Alexa voice assistant to the Fire TVs and a new Fire TV Stick.

Here are the details:

Amazon's Fire TV with voice remote

Fire TV Trio

Three new Fire TVs include a new Fire TV Stick, a Fire TV set-top box that adds 4K Ultra HD streaming, and the first gaming-oriented set-top-box package with included game controller. It also streams 4K.

All are the first with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to scour the web for information and streaming songs and deliver a natural-language response. The Fire TV devices continue to offer voice control via an app or voice-enabled remote, but Alexa will be extended next year to such functions as finding and playing TV shows and movies, navigating Amazon Fire TV, launch apps, and the like.

The Fire TV Stick is available with standard remote at $39.99 like before, but a $49.99 version now comes with voice-control remote, previously sold separately at $29.99, It is available for pre-order today (Sept. 17) and ships Oct. 22. Like its predecessor, it comes with 1GB RAM, dual-core processor, and 8GB of storage.

The Fire TV set-top box with 4K 30 fps streaming is available for pre-order today at $99 and ships Oct. 5. It retains its predecessor’s $99 price point but adds 4K streaming of content from Netflix, Amazon Video and Prime Video, enabling it to access more 4k content than any other streaming-media player, the company contended.

It also features 75 percent more processing power than the predecesor, which ran up to 1.7GHz. The new model runs at 2x2GHz plus 2x1.6GHz.

The new models also offers twice the graphics performance and adds expandable microSD storage up to 128GB to complement 8GB of embedded storage. The original 1080p model launched in early 2014 lacked memory-card slots, came with only 8GB of embedded storage, but was later updated with a firmware upgrade to add USB storage.

The new model also steps up to add Wi-Fi 802.11ac and the more efficient HEVC video codec, reducing the home-network bandwidth needed to stream HEVC-encoded HD content.

RAM remains the same at 8GB.

The Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition is available for pre-at $139 and will start shipping Oct. 5. It combines the new 4K Fire TV with a new game controller, a 32GB MicroSD card, and two included games: “Shovel Knight” and “Disney's Ducktales.”

Amazon Fire TV Gaming edition

The new game controller, also sold separately, features new ergonomic design, a headphone jack and microphone to access Alexa voice search.

The streaming-media players access such video services as Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Now, Hulu and WatchESPN; access to streaming-audio services; and can download and play games, the company said. The settop box versions play high-performance games, while the Stick plays casual games, the company said.

$49.99 Fire Tablet

Amazon's $49.99 Fire tablet

Amazon’s current opening-price tablet is the $99 6-inch Fire tablet, which isn’t getting an upgrade, but the company is reducing its opening price for a tablet to $49.99 with the launch of the 7-inch Fire with 1024x600 IPS display with 171 PPI, quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras with 2-megapixel and VGA resolution, 8GB embedded memory, up to 128GB of expandable storage, Wi-Fi b/g/n/, and battery delivering seven hours of activity.. A buy-five-get-one-free six-pack costs $249. The new model is available for preorder and ships Sept. 30.

Its new Fire OS 5 includes an updated user interface said to replicate the look and feel of a magazine plus “hundreds of new and upgraded features and platform updates,” the company said.

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Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair 2015

This Friday & Saturday is Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair/2015. Enjoy works by over 135 artists along the Rock River at Riverfront Museum Park. While at the fair, stop by Point Bar! presented by Kortman Gallery and enjoy a Love Lemon Martini, a blend of vodka. limoncello, and a splash of fresh lemonade garnished with a lemon slice pierced with a peppermint stick!...now a fair tradition...and new this year...Fresa Mojada Martini, a blend of strawberry run, tequila, finished with a splash of ginger ale and garnished with a fresh strawberry! Both cocktails are deliciously refreshing! And of course a selection of beer and wine and other popular drinks.

      We also want to invite you to the Point Bar! AFTER HOURS PARTY on Saturday evening from 5pm to 8pm...meet the artists, museum staff, and dance to music from DJ's Dan Minick & Eric Nofsinger. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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New at Hear More Music- Paradigm Prestige loudspeakers

Paradigm Prestige- Luxurious Sound & Appearance

The Paradigm Prestige Series is a departure from their past Studio line in both appearance and performance. For most Paradigm Studio enthusiasts it was had to imagine something even better at performance but Paradigm not only increased the performance visually, they lowered their already low distortion by another 50%! The Prestige series is all built in their Canadian factory and heavy investments into their facility has yielded a new standard in finish quality. The four finishes include Gloss Piano BlackSatin WalnutSatin Black Walnut, andGloss Midnight Cherry. Each are impeccably dressed with Prestige accouterments from the best connector package to a screw-less driver mounting system. Reviewers are loving Prestige - read below! 
Reviews:

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*New- system remote controls

Hi everyone-

We have resisted adding 'learning remotes' to our line card. Quite frankly as a category they are hard to set up, program and reliability has been average at best.  I only sell and install products that I know are reliable and high performance so our customers don't have issues.

I've changed my mind. We have added the Harmony remotes to our product family.  They continued to ask us to carry their products and after a number of clients asked me if we offer such a product I decided to try Harmony.  I bought one to use at home and I have to say they are very cool!  I programmed it to control our audio/video system at home and it has been very reliable.  The Harmony comes with it's own remote and 'hub', which connects to your wifi router.  The really cool feature is that once you purchase and we program the system we can join the Harmony app on your smartphone or tablet to allow system control from anywhere in the home.  You don't need to be in the actual room to control your A/V system. Example- you've gone to bed and it dawns on you that you left your audio/video system on downstairs. Pick up your smartphone from the comfort of your bed and turn the system off with one 'button' push.  Very cool!

The Harmony remote will also control 'scenes'. One selection will turn on your TV to the desired input, turn on your Blu-ray player, turn on your home theater receiver and switch each device to the proper input. No more multiple remotes laying on your end table. For Sonos users some Sonos features may also be controlled from the Harmony remote.

There are various remotes and options available depending on how many devices you wish to control.

*The SmartHome remote series also allows control of Nest thermostats, Phillips Hue lighting and some window shade brands.  We can also supply you with Nest and Phillips Hue products.

Give me a call or send me an email if you'd like more information.

Thanks!

Doug


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Sonos software v 5.4 drops today 7/13/15

Hi everyone-

Sonos has a new software update that drops today.  Among other updates they have updated the Controller app (including for those that use the original Sonos remote control CR200 Controller).   Updated features include:

Google Play: Music recommendations based on time of day; enhanced playlist support

Pandora: Shuffle between all of your Pandora playlists using the Sonos app.

TuneIn Radio: New intuitive set of user icons; high def album art

Play:1 Hardware update: A fine-tuning of the Sonos Play:1 speaker at mid to higher volume levels AND more audio optimization when using the Play:1 speaker with the Sonos SUBwoofer. Don't have a Sonos subwoofer?? Call me to buy one!!

Home Theater: More integration when using the Playbar with the Sonos SUBwoofer and twin Play:1 as surrounds.

*FInd out more about these free enhancements to your Sonos system here http://blog.sonos.com/news/and-the-listening-is-easy/


Thank you!

Doug

Hear More Music LLC

815.877.6832

hearmoremusic@gmail.com

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Beats Music, the new Apple Music and Sonos

Hi everyone-

Just a note to clear up any confusion to all who are subscribing to Beats streaming music (formerly MOG) service and who own Sonos systems.  Beats Music was recently purchased by Apple (yes, THAT Apple).  Apple has now created their own music streaming service and named it, strangely enough, Apple Music.  So eventually Beats will go away and Apple Music will replace it.  That is all fine and hopefully good but...

If you own a Sonos system and if you currently subscribe to Beats you know that you can access Beats and enjoy it on your Sonos system. However Apple Music is not yet available on Sonos.  Sonos announced that Apple Music will be available through their system 'later this year'.  Good enough but, again, if you unsubscribe to Beats now you can not YET replace it with Apple Music on Sonos.  Sonos as they announce below will notify you when Apple Music is available.

In the mean time enjoy Beats on Sonos!  If you don't subscribe to Beats...never mind.

Enjoy.  Thank you- Doug at Hear More Music.

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Below is the email that went out to Beats Music users today:

KEEP THE BEAT ON APPLE MUSIC.

Apple Music is here! It packs the features that you know and love from Beats Music with a whole lot more. But don't take our word for it - feel it out for yourself. If you want we'll make sure all of your playlists and music preferences join you. (Oh yeah, and the first three months are on the house.) Want to migrate your music? Visit our FAQ: https://support.beatsmusic.com/hc/en-us/articles/204806894  PS. If you're not ready to jump ship yet, no sweat. Beats Music is still kicking. We'll give you a big heads up before last call. 

News: Sonos Controller update information

Sonos will be updating the controller software for all Sonos systems this summer.

Important Controller Info from Sonos

Sonos is dedicated to providing the ultimate music experience and continually adding new features through software. As a result, we must focus our software development efforts on newer operating system versions. This will impact existing functionality in affected controllers that we unfortunately can no longer support.

Controllers affected:
• CR200/Control
• Android 2.1
• MAC OS X 10.6.6

This summer some controllers will no longer have the ability to set up a new Sonos system, add new players to your existing Sonos system nor manage music services. The controllers affected will still be able to control your system as it does today to search, play music and group or ungroup rooms. We are working to keep your existing app functional for as long as possible, but the Sonos app will no longer be available for download for this Android or OSX version.

*If possible we suggest you update your Android or Mac device to the newest software
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