21 Facts About Sonos


Sonos, Inc is an American developer and manufacturer of audio products best known for its multi-room audio products.

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Sonos was founded in 2002 by John MacFarlane, Craig Shelburne, Tom Cullen, and Trung Mai.

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Sonos has partnered with over 100 companies that offer music services, including Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, MOG, QQ Music, and Amazon Music.

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In 2019 Sonos acquired Snips SAS, a privacy-focused AI voice platform for connected devices with the goal to bring a music-specific assistant to its devices.

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Sonos was founded in August 2002 by John MacFarlane, Craig Shelburne, Tom Cullen and Trung Mai, with MacFarlane wanting to create a wireless service.

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Sonos aimedto begin shipping its products in the fourth quarter of 2004 but missed that deadline.

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Sonos first introduced its products to the market in January 2005 and first shipped them in either January or March 2005.

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In May 2005, Sonos announced that its initial product line would go on sale in the United Kingdom in the following month.

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Sonos has continued to broaden its international sales, for example to Japan in 2018.

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In January 2015, Sonos was rebranded by Bruce Mau Design, with a new visual identity and improved logotype that was created over the span of four years, from 2011 to 2014.

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In December 2017, IKEA and Sonos announced a collaboration to build Sonos' technology into furniture sold by IKEA.

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In November 2019, Sonos acquires Snips SAS, a privacy-focused AI voice platform for connected devices with the goal to bring a music-specific assistant to its devices.

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In January 2022, Sonos won the lawsuit against Google and Google had to remove certain features such as group volume controller from its devices.

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February 2005 Macworld review of the first Sonos system explained its background, components and operation.

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Support for the CR100 ended in 2018 when Sonos sent out an update that intentionally caused the CR100 to cease to function, resulting in expressions of unhappiness from a number of long-time Sonos customers.

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Sonos later settled a class action lawsuit related to its decision to intentionally cause the CR100 to cease to function.

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Sonos was criticized by media outlets in December 2019 for its "Recycle Mode", which bricks devices that users register into the company's trade-in program.

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Sonos responded that Recycle Mode was intended to ensure that prospective customers purchase newer Sonos models instead of older secondhand models.

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In March 2020, Sonos discontinued the Recycle Mode and no longer requires customers to dispose of products submitted for its trade-in program.

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On January 22,2020, Sonos notified the end of support for speakers made before 2015, meaning that they eventually will lose functionality, something that sparked anger from their owners.

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On January 23,2020, following a widespread backlash and criticism of this announcement, Sonos reversed and clarified it, stating that it would continue to support its older equipment.

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