AirPlay has finally made its way to Sonos speakers

How to update Sonos speakers for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished.

AirPlay 2 on Sonos is now supported on the Sonos One, Play 5, Playbase and Beam speakers.

With Sonos being the first company to offer AirPlay 2 on third-party speakers, its Sonos One at $199 in particular offers a compelling alternative to Apple's $349 HomePod. Not only can you stream any audio to your Sonos speakers using AirPlay 2, but you can also ask Siri to do the heavy lifting. That means that even non-AirPlay compatible speakers like Playbar or Play:1 can reap the sonic benefits of our AirPlay 2 integration, provided theyre grouped with one of our newer, AirPlay-friendly devices in the Sonos app.

"Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to Sonos", the company explains in today's announcement. The protocol is also supported on Apple TV4 / 4K, which allows you to wirelessly output TV audio to multiple speakers at home.

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After the update is complete, hit Open or manually head back to the Sonos app. After that, those four speakers with native AirPlay 2 capabilities should automatically show up in the AirPlay menu on your iPhone or other device.

Sonos' speakers support way more music services that HomePod. The Google Assistant is on the roadmap - the company still maintains it should be arriving as an update sometime in 2018 - but there's no sign of Siri actually residing inside a Sonos speaker.

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.

You can also use your voice to control on which speaker (s) the music will play. AirPlay also lets you unlock sound from a whole selection of content apps and services. You can ask Siri to start playing a playlist from Apple Music and then tell Alexa to skip to the next song! Here you'll find a list of your Sonos devices, complete with info such as the IP and MAC addresses of each. But you dont have to stick with one method or the other; you can control Sonos on your terms. There's at least one quirk with the update, too: if you have AirPlay activated on non-Sonos speakers in the same area, you can't control playback or volume on Sonos speakers from an iOS device's lock screen. Then, launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to add your Sonos to your accessories and you're ready to go.

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