My favorite home audio solution just got a little sweeter and just in time for the holidays. On top of over 15,000 radio stations being added, Sonos now has Pandora and Last.FM support for FREE. When Pandora support was added last year, it carried a monthly fee after an evaluation period, leading many customers (including myself) to evaluate and discontinue in favor of our own music libraries. Now with the support of arguably the two largest “free” personal music services, Sonos ups their game.
But it gets even better with support for Sonos Controller for iPhone and iPod Touch. Let’s admit it, the Sonos Controller first introduced in 2005 is getting a little long in the tooth. While it continues to be best of breed, the lower-resolution display and large form factor just don’t add up as well in today’s marketplace. While no less than four 3rd party solutions hit the market a short while ago, this natively supported application is a great addition for consumers who have an iPhone or iPod with WiFi support. It also effectively drops the entry price for Sonos to about $350 for customers who already own a Sonos unit. The application is also free, adding new value to their customers. Check out the video for even more. In a tough economic time when many companies are looking for any way to improve their bottom line by charging for updates and service packs, it’s nice to see companies such as Sonos continue to innovate and add value for free. Their higher price tag certainly looks better when you factor in the free updates. Now how about support for Zune playlists? 😉