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AirPlay 2 makes Sonos the best audio option for most iPhone owners

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Melba Vasquez | 13 July, 2018, 01:32

If your Sonos One is older, worry not. In addition to streaming from iOS devices and Macs, AirPlay 2 will allow Sonos users to incorporate their speakers into multi-room setups that can be managed with Apple's Home app and controlled with Siri. Even the Playbar or Play:1 can make use of AirPlay as long as it's grouped with an AirPlay 2 supported Sonos speaker.

As previously noted, AirPlay 2 is only fully supported on the company's Sonos One and Play:5 speakers and its Beam and Playbase soundbars.

Setting up AirPlay 2 on Sonos unlocks another exciting new feature: You can now use Siri to control Apple Music on Sonos.

The upgrade has been expected. Sonos is expected to be valued between $2.5 billion and $3 billion following the IPO.

Sonos' brand-name recognition could help its debut, as well as the success of last fall's successful IPO of Roku, another gadget manufacturer.

If you're the owner of some specific Sonos speakers, then today is a good day for you. Sonos' big-sound-in-small-speakers design has won praise, along with loyalty of some users who install them in multiple rooms.

It's not often that a simple software upgrade can improve the prospects of an imminent tech IPO, but that could happen with Sonos, which announced support for Apple's Airplay 2 technology Wednesday.

Since HomePod has native Apple Music streaming support, if you initiate playback from Siri on the speaker it won't be affected if you later leave the house with your iPhone in your pocket.

Now you'll have control of all the speakers via your Lock screen or Control Center.

So how do I get started?

If you have a HomePod, that should have automatically updated to the latest OS version with AirPlay 2 support back when Apple released it in late May. Once updated, you can group older Sonos speakers with AirPlay 2 compatible ones. You should be prompted to do that when you next open the controller app on your phone. AirPlay also lets you unlock sound from a whole selection of content apps and services.

We'll first take a look at updating the Sonos app and then your Sonos speakers. After that, those four speakers with native AirPlay 2 capabilities should automatically show up in the AirPlay menu on your iPhone or other device.

You can find Sonos' support document on using AirPlay 2 here.

You'll need to use the Sonos app still, to group any other speakers with those four models and spread AirPlay 2 audio around more comprehensively.

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