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Easily listen to your Android music library on a Sonos speaker

This week Sonos announced an update to their Android app, Sonos Controller for Android. As a result of the changes, it is now easier for owners of one of the Californian company’s speakers to listen to a wide range of music, direct from their Android device.

It is now possible to play back your music library, or podcasts, direct from an Android device. The update isn’t only for those running Jelly Bean, either. As long as you have Android 2.1 (for music playback) or Android 2.2 (for podcast support), it is possible to take advantage of the new features.

There is support for music downloaded from Google Play too. Sadly the process here is a little bit messy, although it is not especially difficult to follow. All you have to do is transfer your Google Play tracks to a computer, then copy them across to the music folder on your Android device.

List of streaming services supported by Sonos

In addition to your music library, it is of course still possible to listen to a wide range of music, internet radio and podcasts. Currently, Sonos supports the following services:

  • AUPEO!
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • JUKE
  • MOG
  • Pandora
  • Rdio
  • Rhapsody
  • SiriusXM Internet Radio
  • Slacker Radio
  • Songl
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher SmartRadio
  • TuneIn
  • Wolfgang’s Vault
  • WiMP

Not all of the above streaming services are available in every part of the world, so it is worth checking what is on offer in your country.