Spotify takes on SONOS with Spotify Connect

Not content with just streaming 20 million tracks to your computers and devices, Spotify are now making a big play for the living room and home audio. Spotify Connect...

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Not content with just streaming 20 million tracks to your computers and devices, Spotify are now making a big play for the living room and home audio. Spotify Connect works by streaming the audio from your phone to the speaker systems in your house through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the business. Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Hama, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha, with further brands coming soon. Look out for the Spotify Connect logo on compatible systems.

Spotify say the connection process will be seasmless and simple, it’s easy to imagine a tap and connect system similar to Sonos. This works really well and if they can match the simplicity, they’ll be on to a winner. The next step would be to add Spotify to the cars, when that day arrives, I’ll replace my head unit. The technology behind the wireless streaming must be using a technology like Bluetooth LE because they say using Spotify Connect won’t drain your battery.

Bring your music home. You’ve just walked through the door, listening to your favourite playlist on your phone. With Spotify Connect, simply hit play on your living room speakers and the music instantly fires up, right where you left off – making sure you never miss a beat.

Then pick up your tablet to keep controlling the music from your sofa, or seamlessly switch the sound to your iPod Touch in the kitchen’s docking station.

Spotify Connect will roll out to Spotify Premium subscribers on iPhone, iPad and home audio systems over the coming months, with Android and desktop updates to follow. Check out the video here: http://spoti.fi/playanywhere

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