SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) today launches Sonos Radio, a free, ad-supported streaming radio experience exclusively available to customers in more than 10 million homes worldwide. Complementing the more than 100 streaming options available on Sonos, the new service introduces a holistic and cohesive way to explore radio, bringing together over 60,000 stations from multiple streaming partners as well as original Sonos programming. Handpicked by a team of curators, DJs and artists, the new Sonos stations queue up diverse musical selections spanning customers’ favorite genres, inspired by both classics and current obsessions. The ad-free artist stations feature current influences and inspirations, starting with a personal station by Thom Yorke. Additionally, Sonos Sound System will feature new artists, stories and previews of today’s music. Customers can listen through the Sonos app starting today.
Today, almost half of listening time on Sonos is spent on customers’ favorite stations and DJs. In the age of streaming, radio continues to evolve, inspiring and complementing on-demand music services and podcasts, connecting a global audience eager to discover and engage in shared listening experiences.
âSonos has always made it easy for customers to discover the richness of music streaming services by creating premium products that sound great and giving customers the freedom to use the services they choose,â said Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. âSonos Radio brings together streaming radio services and a select set of radio stations organized in a simple and elegant way. This is just the start as we strive to provide services that give our customers a better experience and offer our music streaming service partners the opportunity to showcase their best content. ”
Streaming stations around the world
Sonos Radio makes it easy to explore stations around the world by integrating several Internet radio services, including TuneIn and iHeartRadio, with more to come. Customers can listen to music, sports, news and more from local stations based on the zip code and access any station in the world. Start the day with a local NPR station or enjoy favorites from around the world including SomaFM in San Francisco or the French radio station RTL. Sonos Radio will be continually updated with new partner-powered stations, including integrations with Europe’s largest radio company, Global, and Radio.com for US listeners, both to come.
Tap into the artist’s inspiration and explore new music on Sonos Sound System
Sonos Radio presents original Sonos radio programming with a range of music handpicked by DJs and artists. Sonos ‘iconic ad-free station, Sonos Sound System, is curated and hosted by the Sonos team, recorded at a newly built radio studio in Sonos’ flagship store in New York City. Listeners will enjoy a stream of new, well-known and rediscovered music, behind-the-scenes stories, as well as hours of radio from guest artists like Angel Olsen, JPEGMAFIA, Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Parker (Turtle), Vagabon and Suite. The artist-hosted radio hours, airing every Wednesday, will kick off the Sonos Sound System stream for a 60-minute radio show with music and commentary on inspiring artists, releases and the latest work from the facilitator.
Stations curated by ad-free artists feature a regularly updated feed of hundreds of songs from artists inspired by their own influences and obsessions. Thom Yorke station, In the absence of this one …, launches today. In Thom’s words:
“Here, in a new form, it’s this ever-moving compilation / desk board habit that I have of putting together what I recently found that fascinates me or moves me, what obsesses me, challenges, opens new doors, reminds me of what I might have forgotten, is incredibly complex or elegantly simple, violent, funny, messy, heavy or light. Basically anything that hit me on the head. It can be new or old or just dug up. With all of this time behind the doors, hopefully it provides a welcome connection and escapeâ¦ and maybe keep the walls from closing pretty quickly. – Thomas
Upcoming stations hosted by artists Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, David Byrne and Third Man Records will debut in the coming weeks. New artist stations will be launched regularly.
Sonos Stations, inspired by the Sonos owner’s favorite genres, feature over 30 ad-supported stations. For a surprising mix of music handpicked by Sonos, enjoy stations like Concert Hall, Country Outlaws, Hip Hop Archive, Kids Rock, and more.
Sonos has designed and developed custom scheduling and curation tools for Sonos stations, delivering a regularly updated mix of new, hand-picked music. For the best listening experience on all Sonos Radio streams, Sonos has teamed up with Super Hi-Fi, a company providing AI for digital music, for song and commercial volume leveling, song mixing and transparent mixing in the vocal comments.
Discover over 100+ services on Sonos
Sonos has brought together long-standing partners to deliver an exceptional listening experience with Sonos Radio, from TuneIn and iHeartRadio, to Napster (formerly Rhapsody), the very first streaming service on Sonos. Rhapsody’s “Powered by Napster”, a full service music and audio platform, powers the Sonos station catalog.
Sonos Radio was designed to provide customers with a source to not only discover new music, but other services on Sonos as well. As a platform, Sonos Radio will continue to present and celebrate new stations and featured programming from the more than 100 services available on Sonos.
Start to listen
Sonos Radio gives customers a great music experience right out of the box, now preloaded in the Sonos app navigation menu with today’s software update.
Global Internet radio stations will be available to all customers around the world. Original Sonos programming will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia to start. Support to other countries will follow.
Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) is one of the world’s leading sound experience brands. As the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio, Sonos innovation is helping the world listen better by giving people access to the content they love and allowing them to control it where and how they want. wish. Known for delivering an unparalleled sound experience, thoughtful design aesthetics, ease of use and an open platform, Sonos makes the breadth of audio available to everyone. Sonos is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Learn more at www.sonos.com.