If you own a Sonos speaker, chances are it has got a workout in the past few weeks. Good news is, even if you’ve exhausted every album and playlist in your library, you haven’t even scratched the surface on the latest addition. The audio giant has just unveiled its own free streaming service, Sonos Radio, available exclusively to customers in more than 10 million homes globally.
According to Sonos, the new Sonos Radio platform brings together more than 60,000 stations from multiple streaming partners alongside the brand’s original programming. You’ll be able to hear music, sports, news and more from local stations as well as internet services like TuneIn and iHeartRadio. Sonos exclusive channels are curated by DJs and artists, kicking off with a personal station from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, entitled In the Absence Thereof….
“Here in a new form is that ever-rolling compilation/office chart habit of mine of putting together what I have found recently that fascinates or moves me, what obsesses me, challenges me, opens new doors, reminds me of what I might have forgotten, is insanely complex or elegantly simple, violent, funny, messy, heavy or light,” Yorke said. “Whatever has hit me over the head basically. It may be new or old or just dug up again. With all this time we have behind doors I hope this provides a welcome connection and escape…and perhaps stops the walls closing in quite so quick.”
Sonos Radio has also been introduced to help customers discover new artists, as well.
“Sonos has always made it easy for customers to discover the riches of streaming music services by building premium products that sound great and by giving customers the freedom to use the services of their choice,” Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO said. “Sonos Radio brings together streaming radio services and a select set of curated radio stations in a simple, elegant way. This is just a beginning as we work to deliver services that provide our customers a better experience, and provide our music streaming service partners an opportunity to highlight their best content.”
Sonos Radio is now available to Sonos owners for free and is now pre-loaded in the browse menu of the Sonos app with the latest software update.