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Release Notes for Sonos Software Update 5.2

Current software version
7.4

We’re on a mission to bring you the most immersive and intuitive home music experience. Our software is a big part of that. We’re constantly improving it, which means your Sonos system keeps getting better over time.

With the explosion of streaming services, we’ve made it possible to add multiple accounts within the same music service. So everyone in your home can easily access the music they love.

We’ve also enhanced the sound performance of PLAYBAR, the soundbar for music lovers. The difference you’ll notice when listening to your music is an improved soundstage and incredible balance at any volume level. If you haven’t tried PLAYBAR yet, find out what you’ve been missing.

With this release we’ve also improved the music search function, so you can easily find your favorites across any of your sources. And we’ve added lock-screen control for Android.

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Changes included in the latest software update are listed below.

Features

MULTIPLE MUSIC SERVICE ACCOUNT SUPPORT (ALL CONTROLLERS)

Now multiple music lovers in the same home can enjoy their own music service accounts. You can associate up to 32 music service accounts with your Sonos system, each with different music and preferences. For more information, go to http://faq.sonos.com/multiaccount.

If your Sonos system has multiple music service accounts associated with it, you can select your personal music service account to get your own custom music experience.

When you add a music service account to Sonos, you assign it a nickname so you always know which account you are using on your Sonos system. Entering special characters, such as emoji characters, in nicknames is not recommended as not all Sonos controllers support these characters.

  • To change the music service account nickname:
    • Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC, select Service Settings from the Manage menu and choose a music service to edit.
    • Using a Sonos Controller App for iOS or Android, select My Services from the Settings menu and choose a music service to edit.
    • You cannot change the account nickname using the Sonos CONTROL. (The CONTROL does not have a default account - all of the music service accounts that are associated with your Sonos system appear on the Music menu.)

When you add a music service account to Sonos using a Sonos controller app on a mobile device or the Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC, it automatically becomes the default music service for that controller.

  • To change the default music service account for a controller:
    • Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC, click next to a music service in the MUSIC pane, and then select an account.
    • Using a Sonos Controller App for iOS or Android, select the music service from the Sonos music menu, touch the music service name in the header, and then select an account.
    • The Music menu on the Sonos CONTROL displays all of the music service accounts that are associated with your Sonos system.
  • You can build playlists from multiple music service accounts, but you will not see which account the tracks came from.
  • If you delete a music service account from your Sonos system, all controllers that used this account as the default account will now use the oldest account associated with your Sonos system as the default account.

PLAYBAR MUSIC EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENTS

Enhancements have been made to evolve PLAYBAR’s music experience. If you have a PLAYBAR, update and enjoy:

  • An improved soundstage
  • More balanced sound at any volume
  • Natural EQ enhancements

IMPROVED SEARCH ON MOBILE DEVICES (iOS AND ANDROID)

Easily find the music you love by searching across all of your sources, including tracks stored on your mobile device.

  • As always, you can search by entering text, or by using the voice recognition feature on your Android device.
  • If your Sonos system has more than one account for a given music service, the Search results are for the default music service account for this controller only. To search a different account, change the default music service account for the controller.
  • If a track on your device and in your local music library have the same name, the track appears twice in the search results.

LOCK SCREEN CONTROLS (ANDROID)

When your Android mobile device is locked, you can control playback of your Sonos system using the playback controls that appear on the lock screen.

  • To display playback controls on the lock screen of your Android device, it must be running Android version 4.0 and higher, and notifications must be turned on.
  • You can use the volume controls on some Android devices to change the volume when the device is locked, while other Android devices require you to press and hold the power button until an options menu appears, and then you can change the volume using the volume control buttons on your device. To control the volume of your Sonos system using the volume buttons on the device, it must be running Android version 4.1 and higher.
  • On Android devices running Android 5.0, a collapsed version of the playback controls appear in the Sonos app notification. You can swipe down on the notification to display the expanded notification with additional playback controls.
  • If desired, you can disable lock screen control by selecting Advanced Settings from the Settings menu, and then deselecting the Show Lock Screen Controls option.
  • Amazon devices do not support lock screen controls.
  • Some Android Wear devices may allow for control of Sonos as a result of lock screen support. However, we do not officially support controlling Sonos with Android wearables at this time.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

  • Fixed a French translation issue that appeared on some versions of Android.
  • Improved the Android widget so you can now select a different room for playback. Also, you can access PLAYBAR night-mode and speech enhancements settings from the Android widget.