Sonos Player Mac

Sonos Desktop Controller offers you the possibility to manage the Sonos components and music library from the comfort of your Mac’s desktop. All in all, if you are using the Sonos wireless speakers, this is a great addition to your software collection. Sonos controller Sonos equalizer Sonos player Sonos Controller Equalizer Player. You can use the included Sonos software (available for Windows or Mac) or purchase Sonos' high-tech (but pricey) CR200 touch-screen remote, another SonosNet device that can communicate directly. AirPlay is software that allows your Apple devices (iOS devices) and your AVR to communicate. This communication works to use your iOS device (iTunes) as a media server so that your audio files can be streamed through the local network and out to your Denon receiver or network device. #1 Music player for Mac OS and iOS with Unlimited Music Cloud Storage. Supports all popular audio formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV & more! Sonos Web relies upon the node-sonos project for all its Sonos communication. Sonos Web has been tested on Windows 10, macOS, Linux, and Raspbian Stretch Lite (9.6). Check out the following Youtube video to see a brief demo of the system in use. (v0.5.2) Features. Sonos Web is a developing project and is not yet feature complete.

At a Glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Headphone jack
  • Good-sounding all-in-one unit
  • Lots of volume
  • Audio input port

Cons

  • Requires either a ZoneBridge, other ZonePlayer, or a direct connection to a router
  • Very little stereo separation

Our Verdict

Editor’s Note: Since this review was published, Sonos has renamed the product the Play:5. Click here for our review of the 2015 iteration of the Sonos Play:5.

I’ve made no secret of my love for the Sonos Multi-room Music System (), a system designed to let you listen to your music all over your house. It’s the musical gadget I use most often in my home. But it’s not cheap. To get started you need at least a $349 ZonePlayer 90 and a pair of powered speakers. And if you want a way to control the system apart from your computer, you require either an iPhone or iPod touch with the free Sonos Controller app or a $349 Sonos Controller 200 hardware controller ().

Sonos is attempting to bring down this cost of entry with its just-released $399 ZonePlayer S5, a totable, table-top unit that’s the first ZonePlayer to offer integrated speakers. Whether it tempts you to join the Sonos family will depend, in large part, on how you like its sound.

Parts and ports

The S5 carries five speakers—a 3.5-inch woofer, two 3-inch midrange drivers, and two tweeters. Each speaker is driven by its own Class-D digital amplifier. On the back of the S5 you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone port; a 3.5mm audio-input port for connecting an analog audio source such as an iPod, portable disc player, or TV; and two Ethernet ports. You can use one for connecting the S5 to your router and another to deliver a network connection to your computer. If the S5 is connected wirelessly, you can use both ports for network purposes—one for the computer and another for a networked attached storage (NAS) drive, for example. On the top of the unit are volume and mute buttons.

As with other Sonos ZonePlayers, the S5 offers no way to control playback. Rather, you use the free Sonos Desktop Controller application on your Mac, a Sonos hardware remote such as the Sonos Controller 200, or the free Sonos Controller for iPhone app. Via any of these controllers, you can use the ZonePlayer S5 to play music streamed from your music library as well as Internet radio and content from such services as Pandora, Last.fm, Napster, Rhapsody, and Sirius (subscription services such as Napster, Rhapsody, and Sirius require membership).

The single Sonos

You can consider the S5 from a couple of angles. If you already own a Sonos system, the S5 is a very simple way to add another room, speakers and all, to your audio system. Just plug in the S5, add it as a zone, and you’re ready to rock (or gavotte, depending on your musical tastes). The bass port on the back also acts as a recessed handle so it’s very easy to move the S5 from the bedroom to the kitchen to the patio.

The S5 can also operate as a one-room Sonos system, but as such its movability is limited without the additional purchase of a $99 ZoneBridge. The Sonos system requires that at least one ZonePlayer, or a ZoneBridge, be plugged directly into a network router. If that router is in the back bedroom and you want the S5 in the living room, you’ll need to either run a long Ethernet cable between the router and S5, or bite the bullet and buy that ZoneBridge and plug it into the router. Do the latter and the ZoneBridge then acts as the bridge between your music library (hosted somewhere on your network) or Internet connection and any ZonePlayers in your home.

The convenience

When you latch on to a Sonos unit, you’re not just getting something that will play music from your iTunes library or a device you can conveniently jack your iPod into. It’s truly a music system. With it you can bring all your music together—whether on your computer’s hard drive, a network drive, or on the Internet—and play it seamlessly as if it were all stored locally. And there’s real value in that.

Sonos’ way of doing things is very similar to Apple’s—ease of use is key. The system is designed so that you can set up and control the units easily. The controllers’ interfaces are made so you can find the music you want to listen to without a lot of effort. It just works. (See my full review of the Sonos system for more details.)

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The sound

Those who heard Apple’s now-defunct iPod Hi-Fi understand that the one-piece music system is a tough nut to crack. It’s nearly impossible to get good stereo separation from such devices, and many of them deliver unbalanced audio. The S5 certainly suffers from the first limitation. All the music is there, but there’s very little space between the left and right channels.

It does a better job with the latter, however. There are real highs and lows and plenty of music in between. Part of the low end comes courtesy of a Loudness option that’s on by default. But it’s not a cheat. Switch Loudness off using one of the controllers and the bass doesn’t disappear, you simply get less of the satisfying fullness. Which is a good thing: I found the S5 to be a little too rich on the low end. Fortunately, as with other Sonos ZonePlayers, you can adjust the S5’s treble, bass, and balance to your tastes. The S5 also has plenty of volume—crank it up and you can fill a large room with distortion-free music.

Sonos suggests that you place the S5 within two feet of a wall—an old acoustic trick for bringing out more bass from speakers. The manual also recommends that you place the S5 across the room from where you’d typically listen to it. And that’s good advice—close up the S5 sounds too bassy.

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Good as the S5 sounds, Sonos can’t work miracles. The S5 sounds like a single box. As such, it makes a welcome partner in a larger home’s kitchen or den, but won’t replace a set of good quality speakers with a few feet of space between them.

Macworld buying advice

The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 has a lot going for it. For $399—just $50 more than a speaker- and amp-less ZonePlayer 90—you get a good-sounding box that delivers plenty of volume and easy access to all the music you wish to deliver to it. However, the requirement of a direct network connection (or a ZoneBridge) may not be convenient for those who don’t already have a Sonos system. And not everyone will care for the S5’s single-cabinet sound. For current Sonos system owners, it’s an obvious and welcome add-on. For those just starting out with Sonos, take advantage of Sonos’ 30-day “for any reason” return policy and see if you like what you hear. I’m willing to bet you’ll keep it.

Studies have shown that playing music out loud at home is a great way to enhance most people's daily lifes. Now with a simple app, Sonos, the smart home speaker, just made it easier for you to play Apple Music on a room-by-room basis. All you need to do is downloading the Sonos app and you'll be able to access Apple Music on Sonos audio system with just one tap through mobile devices.

In addition to that, there are 2 additional solutions to use Apple Music on Sonos, even after you cancel the Apple Music subscription. To help you understand better about Apple Music and Sonos, this post will focus on the complete guide of how to set up Apple Music on Sonos speakers, as well as introducing the top 3 most popular ways to play Apple Music songs on Sonos.

  • See also: 3 Ways to Play Audible Books on Sonos
Part 1. Add Apple Music to Sonos with Sonos app
Part 2. Play Apple Music through Sonos via AirPlay
Part 2. Listen to Apple Music on Sonos after unsubscribing

Solution 1. Add Apple Music to Sonos with Sonos app

It's extremely easy to set up an Apple Music account on Sonos speaker from iOS, Android phone, or computer. The following guides will show you how to add Apple Music to Sonos on mobile devices and a computer.

Before getting started, make sure you have these things ready:

  • A Sonos speaker
  • An valid Apple Music account
  • Sonos app

How to add Apple Music to Sonos with iOS or Android device

Firstly, let's see how to use iOS or Android device to add Apple Music to Sonos speakers.

Step 1. Download and install the Sonos app on your iOS or Android device and open this app.

Step 2. Tap Settings > Services & Voice.

Step 3. Choose the Add a Service button and add Apple Music from the service list. Then tap Add to Sonos button.

Step 4. Log into your Apple Music account with your Apple ID and password as required. Then Apple Music will appear in the Browse section of your Sonos app.

How to add Apple Music to Sonos with Mac or PC

The method to use Mac or PC to add Apple Music is similar to previous one.

Step 1. Open the Sonos app.

Step 2. Tap Select a Music Source > Add Music Services.

Step 3. Choose Apple Music and follow the instruction it offers.

After adding your Apple Music membership to Sonos app, you've got Apple Music set up on Sonos. Now you can play Apple Music playlist on Sonos speaker system.

In this case, for the Apple Music family plan, each family member must add Apple Music to the Sonos app using their Apple ID to listen to Apple Music through Sonos. You can also set up multiple Apple Music accounts on your Sonos, so everyone's playlists, libraries, and favorites are always on hand.

Apple Music features on Sonos

On Sonos, you can enjoy most of Apple Music features. Here we list some of them.

For You: Apple Music will provide recommended music based on what you already listened to and loved.

New: Find the perfect playlist for a different activity, and listen to the hits from the Top Charts.

Radio: Hear Beats 1 worldwide and listen to handcrafted stations of various genres and themes.

My Music: You can listen to over 30 million songs in the Apple Music catalog.

All the benefits of iTunes Match: You can stream the music you bought from iTunes and others to your Sonos.

Solution 2. Play Apple Music through Sonos via AirPlay

The support for Apple's AirPlay 2 on Sonos speakers has made it much easier to use Apple Music on Sonos. With AirPlay 2 support, you'll be able to use a Sonos speaker in conjunction with Apple's own HomePod in a multi-room audio setup. Here's how to set everything up on iPhone or iPad and Mac.

Get Apple Music on Sonos with AirPlay on iPhone or iPad

Firstly, let's see how to use iOS or Android device to add Apple Music to Sonos speakers.

Step 1. Open Control Center on iPhone or iPad and find the audio card.

Step 2. Tap the AirPlay icon. Choose a Sonos device to play Apple Music

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You can also open the Apple Music app. And find the AirPlay icon as well as choosing a Sonos device to play Apple Music on Sonos.

Get Apple Music on Sonos with AirPlay on Mac

You can also use a Mac computer to load Apple Music to Sonos with AirPlay. See how to play Apple Music on Sonos in the guide below.

Step 1. Open System Preferences on your Mac and click the Sound option.

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Step 2. Go to the Output tab and choose a Sonos product.

Solution 3. Listen to Apple Music on Sonos after unsubscribing

Those above-mentioned solutions only work well during the validity period of Apple Music subscriptions. What if you decide to end your Apple Music membership someday but still access the music library on Sonos? Can it be possible? That's what we are going to discuss in this part.

You should have known that most Apple Music songs are protected in M4P format. Once unsubscribe Apple Music service, all the music catalog will disappear from your library even if you already downloaded them onto your computer or phone. In order to break the limit, the ultimate solution is to convert Apple Music to unprotected format.

To convert Apple Music songs, you'll then need a third-party Apple Music converter like ViWizard Audio Converter. As a professional tool in converting Apple Music songs, it can help you easily convert Apple Music to plain MP3, AAC, WAV format with original ID3 tags and quality preserved. After conversion, you can get full ownership of the Apple Music songs and enjoy them on Sonos or any other device even when the subscription expires.

  • Losslessly convert Apple Music and iTunes songs
  • Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Keep original music quality and ID3 tags
  • Support Audible, iTunes audiobooks and other audios

You can download the free trial version of this smart Apple Music converter and follow the steps below to learn how to convert and stream Apple Music to Sonos.

Step 1Download and add Apple Music songs to ViWizard

Firstly, open the ViWizard Apple Music Converter on your computer and click the Load iTunes Library button to import the downloaded Apple Music songs from the iTunes library to ViWizard. You can also drag the Apple Music songs directly and drop them to the ViWizard conversion window.

Step 2Set output preferences

When all the Apple Music songs are added successfully to ViWizard, move to Format panel and click the MP3 format. Then in the pop-up window, you will be required to select the output format, audio codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate according to your own needs.

Step 3Start to convert Apple Music to Sonos

Now simply press the Convert button on ViWizard Apple Music Converter and it will start to convert the M4P Apple Music songs to MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, etc. at up to 30X speed. Once the conversion is done, you'll locate the well converted Apple Music songs by clicking the Converted icon at the top center of ViWizard.

Step 4Stream Apple Music on Sonos

Open the Sonos app on your computer. Go to the Manage menu, select the Music Library Settings. Then click '+' on Mac, or the Add button on PC. Then import the converted Apple Music songs. Once added, you can freely play the Apple Music tracks on Sonos speakers without limit even if you canceling the music subscription.

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Adam Gorden is an experienced writer of ViWizard who is obsessed about tech, movie and software.