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Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
Chapter 1 Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC
Your Home Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Home network requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Compatible operating systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Compatible music services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Compatible playlist formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Compatible audio formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Compatible streaming formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Compatible screen reader software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Adding a Sonos Controller for Mac or PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Adding a household . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Wireless Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
System Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Chapter 2 Sonos App for PC
Tour the Sonos Controller for PC App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Playback Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Queue Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Clock and Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Setting date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Adding an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Setting an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Changing an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Deleting an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Setting a sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Turning off an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Setting software update preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Downloading software updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Beta Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Language Preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Firewall Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Chapter 3 Sonos App for Mac
Tour the Sonos Controller for Mac App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
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Navigation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playback Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Queue Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Volume Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clock and Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting date and time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting a sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning off an alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting software update preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Downloading software updates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Beta Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Uninstalling Sonos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Language Preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Firewall Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enabling Windows File Sharing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-3
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3-4
3-4
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3-5
3-5
3-5
3-5
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Chapter 4 Managing Rooms
Grouping Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ungrouping Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing Sonos For Your Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Equalization settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning off the status indicator light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 5 Music Sources
Available Music Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting a local radio location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding a radio station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing a radio station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding a station or show to My Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a station or show from My Radio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Music Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating a music trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
After the trial expires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding a compatible music service account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing your music service password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the music service account nickname. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the default music service account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing a music service account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reauthorizing a music service account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a music service account from Sonos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a music service trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sonos Labs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Wireless iTunes Playback from iOS Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Wireless Playback from Android Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Google Play Music (Android Devices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Managing Your Local Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Adding a shared folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Windows Sharing on a Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Viewing shared folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Stop accessing a shared folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Updating the music index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Scheduling automatic updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Contributing artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Imported playlists (M3U, WPL and PLS support) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
iTunes support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Sort folders by preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Compilation albums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Resetting local music library permissions on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Sonos Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Creating a Sonos Favorite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Deleting a Sonos Favorite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Renaming a Sonos Favorite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Sonos Playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Creating a Sonos playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Adding to an existing Sonos playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Moving a track within a playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Deleting a track from a playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16
Deleting a Sonos playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Replacing the tracks in a playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Renaming a Sonos playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Music from UPnP servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Enabling Windows media sharing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Displaying music servers on Sonos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Docked iPods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Chapter 6 Playing Music
Selecting Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Browse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Multi-Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Drag and Drop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Searching for Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Mini Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Managing the Music Queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Playing a track from the queue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Deleting a track from the queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Moving a track within the queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Clearing the queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Saving a queue as a Sonos playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Resizing the QUEUE pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
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Changing the play mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Turning Off the Music System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Index
Sonos Controller App for Mac
or PC
• Lets you control all your music and rooms from any desktop or laptop computer in your house.
• Simply install the software and follow the prompts to guide you through setup and music sharing. You
can download the software at www.sonos.com/support.
Already have Sonos?
If you are adding an Sonos Controller for Mac or PC to an existing Sonos system, please see Adding a Sonos
Controller for Mac or PC for more information.
Note: The Sonos Controller for Mac or PC requires that you have an Mac or PC,
one or more Sonos players, and a wireless router set up in your home. Macs, PCs,
and Sonos products are sold separately.
New to Sonos?
It takes just a few steps to get your Sonos system up and running. Unpack the Sonos products you
purchased and refer to the Quickstart Guide included in the box. Once you’ve set up your Sonos system, you
can easily download and install the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC. The Sonos Controller for Mac is
compatible with Macintosh® OS X® 10.7 and higher. The Sonos Controller for PC is compatible with
Windows® XP SP3 and higher.
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Product Guide
For additional help, please visit our website at www.sonos.com/support/guides to view the latest product
documentation.
Your Home Network
To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or NetworkAttached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:
Home network requirements
Note: Your network must have a high-speed Internet connection, as the Sonos
system is designed to provide you with free, online software updates. Your Sonos
system must be registered to receive these updates so be sure to register during
the setup process. We do not share your e-mail address with other companies.
• High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of
Internet-based music services. (If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you
may experience playback issues due to fluctuating download rates.)
• If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic
online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your
home network. If you do not have a router, purchase and install one before proceeding. If you are going
to use the Sonos Controller App on an Android™ or iOS device, or you are setting up Sonos wirelessly,
you will need a wireless router.
Note: Sonos communicates over a 2.4GHz home network supporting 802.11 
b/g/n wireless technology. 5GHz networks are not supported in a completely
wireless Sonos setup.
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• Connect a Sonos BRIDGE, BOOST™ or player to your router if:
• You have a larger home where the WiFi performance isn’t reliable and you want to strengthen the
wireless performance of your Sonos system.
• Your WiFi network is already in high demand with streaming video and web surfing and you want to
create a separate wireless network exclusively for your Sonos speakers.
• Your home network is 5GHz only (not switchable to 2.4GHz).
• For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library
collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
System requirements
• 500 MHz processor or better
• 128 MB RAM minimum/256 MB RAM recommended
• Network hardware as described above
Compatible operating systems
• Windows® XP SP3 and higher (while Windows XP SP3 and higher are compatible with Sonos version
5.1 and higher, standard wireless setup is only supported on Windows 7 and higher)
• Macintosh® OS X 10.7 and higher
Compatible music services
Sonos works seamlessly with most music services, including Apple Music™, Deezer, Google Play Music,
Pandora, Spotify and Radio by TuneIn, as well as downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks.
Service availability varies by region.
For a complete list, see www.sonos.com/music.
Compatible playlist formats
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iTunes®
Rhapsody®
Windows Media Player®
WinAmp®
Compatible audio formats
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MP3
AAC (without DRM)
WMA without DRM (including purchased Windows Media downloads)
AAC (MPEG4)
AAC+
Ogg Vorbis
Apple Lossless
Flac (lossless)
Uncompressed WAV and AIFF files
Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz,
11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates. MP3 supports all rates except 11kHz and 8kHz.
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Previously purchased Apple “Fairplay” DRM-protected songs may need to be upgraded. See Apple for
details. WMA Lossless formats not currently supported.
Compatible streaming formats
• MP3
• WMA
• HLS/AAC
Note: For the latest system requirements, including supported operating system
versions, please visit our website at http://faq.sonos.com/specs.
Compatible screen reader software
• JAWS® for Windows® screen reading software
Getting Started
Adding a Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
Download the Sonos Controller App to a Mac or PC that’s connected to your wireless network (Sonos
Controller App use requires you have at least one Sonos player set up in your home). The Sonos Controller for
Mac is compatible with Macintosh® OS X® 10.7 and higher. The Sonos Controller for PC is compatible with
Windows® XP SP3 and higher.
For information on when to use a wireless router with your Sonos system, please visit our website at 
http://faq.sonos.com/apps.
Note: To use the Sonos Controller App, your Mac or PC, must be connected to
your wireless network and the Wi-Fi setting must be turned on.
1. Go to www.sonos.com/install to download the free Sonos Controller for Mac or Sonos Controller for PC.
Note: During installation, you may see prompts from your firewall software
indicating that the Sonos application is attempting to perform certain operations.
You should always allow full access to the Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC.
You may also need to change the settings of your firewall software to ensure that
Windows file sharing is not blocked. For detailed instructions, please go to our
Website at http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
2. Double-click the Sonos
icon and follow the prompts to add the Sonos Controller app to your Sonos
system. During setup you will be prompted to press the button(s) on one of your Sonos products:
• Sonos BRIDGE. Press the Join button on top.
• Sonos BOOST or SUB. Press the Join button on the side.
• Sonos Players. Press the Play/Pause and Volume Up buttons simultaneously (releasing as soon as the
status indicator starts to blink.)
If you need assistance, please go to our website at www.sonos.com/support.
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Adding a household
Your Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC gives you quick and easy access to all of your Sonos systems.
Simply add a household to your Sonos Controller App and it will automatically connect as you move from one
place to another. So, enjoy your Sonos system at work, and when you get home, open your Sonos controller
for instant access to your music. The Sonos Controller App for Mac or PC supports up to 100 households.
• Double-click the Sonos
icon, and then click Add Another Sonos System.
Note: You can remove a household from your Sonos Controller App by selecting
Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Forget Current Sonos System.
Wireless Setup
If you currently have a Sonos product wired to your router and you’d like to switch to wireless setup, follow the
steps below. Switching to wireless setup may be desirable if you currently have a player connected to your
router and you’d like to move it to another room. If you have a BRIDGE or BOOST connected to your router,
we recommend leaving it connected.
DO NOT DISCONNECT the Sonos product that is currently connected to your router until you complete
the wireless setup steps below.
1. Choose one of the following options:
• Using the Sonos Controller App for PC: Select Settings -> Advanced from the Manage menu. On the
General tab, select Wireless Setup.
• Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac: Select Preferences -> Advanced from the Sonos menu. On
the General tab, select Wireless Setup.
Sonos will detect your wireless network.
2. Enter the password for your wireless network.
3. Once the password has been accepted, you can remove the Sonos product from the router and move it to
a new location.
System Registration
Registering your music system allows you to receive technical support, Sonos software upgrades, and several
free music service trials. At no time is any of your information provided to other companies.
Select Sonos System Registration from the Help menu.
Sonos App for PC
The Sonos Controller for PC software is compatible with Windows® XP SP3 and higher operating systems.
(For the latest system requirements and compatible audio formats, visit our website at 
http://faq.sonos.com/specs.)
Tour the Sonos Controller for PC App
You can choose music by selecting a music source from the MUSIC pane, select a category (such as Artists,
Albums, or Composers), and then drilling down through the selected source, or you can search for music in
a specific source.
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Navigation
Now Playing screen
The Now Playing pane displays information about the audio that is currently playing in the selected room,
playback controls, and so on.
MUSIC
Click MUSIC to browse or select music, or access
playlists.
Back
Click
Info & Options
Click
to display additional options, such as adding a
track to your Sonos Favorites or viewing artist/album
information. The information appears in the MUSIC pane.
to return to the previous screen.
Playback Controls
You can control the music settings for the current selection using the playback controls below. The track
position slider allows you to move quickly backward or forward through the current track by dragging the
slider.
Play / Pause
Toggles between playing and pausing the current track.
Next / Fast Forward
Jumps to the start of the next track in the queue; click and
hold down button, or click and drag progress bar to fast
forward.
Previous / Rewind
Jumps to the start of the current track, if you are more
than 3 seconds into the track; jumps to the start of the
previous track, if you are less than 3 seconds into the
track.
Click and hold down the button to rewind within the
current track. When you release the button, playback
resumes at the new location.
Note: You can control playback by pressing the media keys on your keyboard.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts. For a list of keyboard shortcuts, select Help
-> Keyboard Shortcuts.
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Queue Controls
Repeat
Repeats tracks in the music queue.
• Select to repeat all of the tracks in the music queue.
• Select again to repeat the track that is currently
playing.
• The indicator is blue when the control is activated.
Shuffle
Changes the order of the tracks in the music queue.
• Turn shuffle off to return the tracks to their original
playback order.
• Turn shuffle on again and get a different mix.
• The indicator is blue when the control is activated.
Crossfade
Fades out the current track while fading in the next track
to create a smooth transition between tracks.
You can also copy the metadata for a track by highlighting the track in the queue, and then selecting Edit ->
Copy. You can paste this content into the Search box on your Sonos Controller for PC, into an online search
engine, and so on.
Volume Control
• Click and drag the volume control to the right to increase the volume, or to the left to decrease the
volume. If rooms are grouped, adjust the volume across the group using the volume slide at the top, or
adjust the volume in one room using the individual slide. When headphones are plugged in, a headphone
icon is visible in the volume display. If you don’t hear sound coming from your PLAY:5®, check to make
sure there are no headphones plugged into the unit. If you adjust group volume, the volume for the
component with headphones attached will be unaffected.
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• Mute temporarily silences the music in a room (for a group, all rooms in the group are affected). From the
ROOMS pane, click to highlight the room or group you want to mute, and then click the Mute button. To
mute one room in a group, click the volume slide and then click the Mute button for the room. To unmute,
click the Mute button again.
Note: A headphone indicator
appears on the Volume screen when
headphones are plugged in to a PLAY:5. If you adjust group volume, the volume
for the PLAY:5 with headphones attached is unaffected.
Clock and Alarms
Setting date and time
1. From the Manage menu, select Settings -> Date and Time.
2. Select your time zone, date format, and time format.
3. Select the Adjust for Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as needed.
4. Choose one of the following options:
• To set the date and time from the Internet, select the Set the date and time from the Internet checkbox.
Your Sonos system will periodically update the date and time from the Internet.
• Or, set the date and time manually (Set the date and time from the Internet must be off for this option
to be available).
Adding an alarm
1. Click Alarms, and then click Add.
2. Choose the desired settings for this alarm, including the alarm time, the room you would like the alarm to
play in, the music source you’d like to play from, the frequency of the alarm, and the volume and duration.
• If you check Include grouped rooms, the alarm will play in the rooms that are grouped together at the
time the alarm goes off. It does not play in the rooms that were grouped when the alarm was originally
added to the Sonos system.
• If you check Shuffle music, the play mode for the selected alarm music will be set to shuffle.
3. Click OK.
4. Select the ON checkbox for the alarm you want to turn on.
Note: If the music you’ve selected is not available when the alarm goes off (such
as an Internet radio station that has dropped off), your alarm plays the Sonos
chime instead.
Setting an alarm
• Click Alarms, and then select the ON checkbox for the alarm you want to turn on.
Note: You can also turn on an alarm when adding or editing it.
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Changing an alarm
1. Click Alarms, select an alarm from the list, and then click Edit.
2. Make the desired changes.
• If you check Include grouped rooms, the alarm will play in the rooms that are grouped together at the
time the alarm goes off. It does not play in the rooms that were grouped when the alarm was originally
added to the Sonos system.
• If you check Shuffle music, the play mode for the selected alarm music will be set to shuffle.
3. Click OK.
Deleting an alarm
1. Click Alarms.
2. Select the alarm you wish to delete, and then click Remove.
Setting a sleep timer
1. Click Sleep Timer.
2. Select the desired time frame.
3. If you wish to turn the sleep timer off, select Off from the list.
When a sleep timer is active, the time displays next to Sleep Timer.
Turning off an alarm
When the alarm goes off, click
to turn it off.
Software Updates
Sonos provides software updates for your music system in order to improve performance and add features.
Your Sonos system must be registered to receive updates. If you have not yet registered, go to 
http://faq.sonos.com/register for help with this step.
Setting software update preferences
There are two options available:
• Periodically check for updates. When there is a software update available, an alert will appear when you
start the Sonos Controller for PC software.
• Do not check for updates.
1. From the Manage menu, select Settings -> Advanced.
2. On the General tab, select the Automatically check for updates check box if you want the Sonos
system to check periodically for a newer version of the software.
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Downloading software updates
When there is an update available,
1. Click
Update Now appears in the MUSIC pane.
Update Now to begin the update process.
You can also check for software updates by selecting Check for Software Updates from the Manage menu.
2. If there are updates available, click Next to download.
• Your Sonos products will all be updated as they must carry the same software version number. This
process may take several minutes per device, depending upon your network connection. The Sonos
Controller for PC will automatically close and then re-open during the update process.
Caution: Do not disconnect power from your Sonos product(s), or in any way
disable your Sonos system while this process is running. Contact Sonos Customer
Support if an error occurs.
• Software updates to a handheld Sonos Controller must be initiated from that Controller, so if you have
recently updated the Sonos Controller for PC software, you will be prompted to update your other Sonos
controllers the next time you use them. Simply follow the on-screen prompts.
• If your software is up to date, the message “Your Sonos system is up to date. No Updates are Required.”
will appear instead.
• One or more Sonos products may need to be updated when you purchase a new Sonos product with a
later software version, or if you plug in a Sonos product that was not in use when you performed your
last software update. If a product’s software version gets out of sync with the rest of your Sonos system,
a message will display in the ROOMS pane. Click the outdated room to begin the software update
process.
For additional information, go to http://faq.sonos.com/updateerror.
Beta Programs
Sonos lets customers try out pre-release beta software to test new features and help us improve our
products. While you are running beta software, usage data sharing is automatically turned on.
1. From the Manage menu, select Settings -> Advanced.
2. On the Improve Sonos tab, click Beta Program, and then follow the on-screen prompts.
Language Preference
1. From the Manage menu, select Change Language.
2. Select a new language, and then click Restart Controller.
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Firewall Information
The Sonos Wireless HiFi System is designed to work with most firewall software. You will be prompted during
setup to allow access to Sonos—be sure to allow access to Sonos when prompted or the Sonos system
will not operate correctly. For the latest firewall information, go to http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
You can also contact Sonos Technical Support at www.sonos.com/support.
Sonos App for Mac
The Sonos Controller for Mac is compatible with Macintosh OS X, version 10.7 or later. (For the latest system
requirements and compatible audio formats, you can visit our website at http://faq.sonos.com/specs.)
For easy setup, you should install the Sonos Controller for Mac software on every Macintosh computer in your
network that contains music files. During the setup process, you may be asked to configure your Macintosh’s
firewall for Sonos. Also, if your Macintosh computer does not have Windows Sharing enabled, the Sonos
Controller for Mac will guide you through the process of enabling it.
Tour the Sonos Controller for Mac App
You can choose music by selecting a music source from the MUSIC pane, select a category (such as Artists,
Albums, or Composers), and then drilling down through the selected source, or you can search for music in
a specific source.
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Navigation
Now Playing screen
The Now Playing pane displays information about the audio that is currently playing in the selected room,
playback controls, and so on.
MUSIC
Click MUSIC to browse or select music, or access
playlists.
Back
Click
Info & Options
Click
to display additional options, such as adding a
track to your Sonos Favorites or viewing artist/album
information. The information appears in the MUSIC pane.
to return to the previous screen.
Playback Controls
You can control the music settings for the current selection using the playback controls below. The track
position slider allows you to move quickly backward or forward through the current track by dragging the
slider.
Play / Pause
Toggles between playing and pausing the current track.
Next / Fast Forward
Jumps to the start of the next track in the queue; click and
hold down button, or click and drag progress bar to fast
forward.
Previous / Rewind
Jumps to the start of the current track, if you are more
than 3 seconds into the track; jumps to the start of the
previous track, if you are less than 3 seconds into the
track.
Click and hold down the button to rewind within the
current track. When you release the button, playback
resumes at the new location.
Note: You can also control playback using the media keys on your keyboard or
keyboard shortcuts. For a list of keyboard shortcuts, select Help -> Keyboard
Shortcuts.
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Queue Controls
Repeat
Repeats tracks in the music queue.
• Select to repeat all of the tracks in the music queue.
• Select again to repeat the track that is currently
playing.
• The indicator is blue when the control is activated.
Shuffle
Changes the order of the tracks in the music queue.
• Turn shuffle off to return the tracks to their original
playback order.
• Turn shuffle on again and get a different mix.
• The indicator is blue when the control is activated.
Crossfade
Fades out the current track while fading in the next track
to create a smooth transition between tracks.
Volume Control
• Click and drag the volume control right to increase volume, or left to decrease volume. If rooms are
grouped, adjust the volume across the group using the volume slide at the top, or adjust the volume in
one room using the individual slides. When headphones are plugged in, a headphone icon is visible in
the volume display. If you don’t hear sound coming from your PLAY:5, check to make sure there are no
headphones plugged into the unit. If you adjust group volume, the volume in the room with headphones
attached will be unaffected.
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• Mute temporarily silences the music in a room (for a group, all rooms in the group are affected). From the
ROOMS pane, click to highlight the room or group you want to mute, and then click the Mute button. To
mute one room in a group, click the volume slide and then click the Mute button for the room. To unmute,
click the Mute button again.
Note: A headphone indicator
appears on the Volume screen when
headphones are plugged in to a PLAY:5. If you adjust group volume, the volume
for the PLAY:5 with headphones attached is unaffected.
Clock and Alarms
Setting date and time
1. From the Sonos menu, select Preferences -> Date and Time.
2. Select your time zone, date format, and time format.
3. Select the Adjust for Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as needed.
4. Choose one of the following options:
• To set the date and time from the Internet, select the Set the date and time from the Internet checkbox.
Your Sonos system will periodically update the date and time from the Internet.
• Or, set the date and time manually (Set the date and time from the Internet must be off for this option
to be available).
Adding an alarm
1. Click Alarms and then click
.
2. Choose the desired settings for this alarm, including the alarm time, the room you would like the alarm to
play in, the music source you’d like to play from, the frequency of the alarm, and the volume and duration.
• If you check Include grouped rooms, the alarm will play in the rooms that are grouped together at the
time the alarm goes off. It does not play in the rooms that were grouped when the alarm was originally
added to the Sonos system.
• If you check Shuffle music, the play mode for the selected alarm music will be set to shuffle.
3. Click OK.
Note: If the music you’ve selected is not available when the alarm goes off (such
as an Internet radio station that has dropped off), your alarm plays the Sonos
chime instead.
Setting an alarm
To turn on an alarm:
• Click Alarms, and then select the checkbox next to the alarm you want to turn on.
Note: You can also turn on an alarm when adding or editing it.
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Changing an alarm
1. Click Alarms, select an alarm from the list, and then click Edit.
2. Make the desired changes.
• If you check Include grouped rooms, the alarm will play in the rooms that are grouped together at the
time the alarm goes off. It does not play in the rooms that were grouped when the alarm was originally
added to the Sonos system.
• If you check Shuffle music, the play mode for the selected alarm music will be set to shuffle.
3. Click OK.
Deleting an alarm
1. Click Alarms.
2. Select the alarm you wish to delete, and then click
.
Setting a sleep timer
1. Click Sleep Timer.
2. Select the desired time frame.
3. If you wish to turn the sleep timer off, select Off from the list.
When a sleep timer is active, the duration displays next to Sleep Timer.
Turning off an alarm
When the alarm goes off, click
to turn it off.
Software Updates
Sonos provides software updates for your music system in order to improve performance and add features.
Your Sonos system must be registered to receive updates. If you have not yet registered, go to 
http://faq.sonos.com/register for help with this step.
Setting software update preferences
There are two options available:
• Periodically check for updates. When there is a software update available, an alert will appear when you
start the Sonos Controller for Mac software.
• Do not check for updates.
1. From the Sonos menu, select Preferences.
2. Click Advanced.
3. On the General tab, select the Automatically check for updates checkbox if you want the Sonos system
to check periodically for a newer version of the software.
Downloading software updates
When there is an update available,
Update Now appears in the MUSIC pane.
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1. Click
Update Now to begin the update process.
You can also check for software updates by selecting Check for Updates from the Sonos menu.
2. If there are updates available, click Next to download.
• Your Sonos products will all be updated as they must carry the same software version number. This
process may take several minutes per device, depending upon your network connection. The Sonos
Controller for Mac will automatically close and then re-open during the update process.
Caution: Do not disconnect power from your Sonos product(s), or in any way
disable your Sonos system while this process is running. Contact Sonos Customer
Support if an error occurs.
• Software updates to a handheld Sonos controller must be initiated from the controller, so if you have
recently updated the Sonos Controller for Mac, you will be prompted to update your handheld controllers
the next time you use them. Simply follow the on-screen prompts.
• If your software is up to date, the message “Your Sonos system is up to date. No Updates are Required.”
will appear instead.
• One or more Sonos products may need to be updated when you purchase a new Sonos product with a
later software version, or if you plug in a Sonos product that was not in use when you performed your
last software update. If a product’s software version gets out of sync with the rest of your Sonos system,
a message will display in the ROOMS pane. Click the outdated room to begin the software update
process.
For additional information, go to http://faq.sonos.com/updateerror.
Beta Programs
Sonos lets customers try out pre-release beta software to test new features and help us improve our
products. While you are running beta software, usage data sharing is automatically turned on.
1. From the Sonos menu, select Preferences -> Advanced.
2. On the Improve Sonos tab, click Beta Program, and then follow the on-screen prompts.
Uninstalling Sonos
If you wish to remove the Sonos Controller software from your Macintosh computer, choose Uninstall from
the Sonos menu, and then drag the application to the trash. The Sonos system will no longer be able to
access music from this computer.
Language Preference
The Sonos Controller will try to use the language you have selected in your OS X® operating system (System
Preferences).
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Firewall Information
The Sonos Wireless HiFi System is designed to work with most firewall software. You will be prompted during
setup to allow access to Sonos—be sure to allow access to Sonos when prompted or the Sonos system will
not operate correctly. For the latest firewall information, go to http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
You can also contact Sonos Technical Support at www.sonos.com/support.
Enabling Windows File Sharing
1. From the System Preferences window, select the Sharing folder.
2. Check the box next to File Sharing to turn file sharing on.
3. Click Options… and select Share files and folders using SMB (Windows).
4. Click Done.
Managing Rooms
Sonos lets you enjoy music in up to 32 rooms, inside or out. You can play a different song in every room or
play the same song in every room. Group the kitchen and patio together when you’re barbecuing; group the
rooms throughout your home in perfect synchronization for a party; or leave all your rooms ungrouped so that
everyone can make a different music choice.
Use the ROOMS list to:
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Select a room to play music in
See what’s playing in every room
Group rooms together to play the same music in synchrony
Remove a room from a room group
Grouping Rooms
Any number of rooms can be grouped together to play the same audio in synchrony.
• You can group or ungroup rooms while music is playing.
• You can group all the Sonos players in your house with one touch by choosing Select All.
• You can group rooms first and then select the music you want to play, or you can add room(s) to a
location where music is already playing. Any rooms you group will automatically drop their current music
queue and begin to play the music from the selected room.
• If you want to be able to play a music queue later, save the queue as a Sonos playlist before you group
the rooms. See Sonos Playlists for more information.
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1. From the ROOMS pane, click Group to the right of the room you want to group with other rooms.
2. Check the rooms you want to add to this group, and then click Done.
If you want to group all the rooms in your house, click Select All. All of your Sonos products will play the
same music in synchrony until you remove rooms from the group.
Ungrouping Rooms
1. From the ROOMS pane, click Group to the right of the group you want to change.
2. Uncheck the room(s) you want to remove from the group, and then click Done.
Customizing Sonos For Your Room
Equalization settings
Sonos products ship with the equalization settings preset in order to provide the optimal playback experience.
If desired, you can change the sound settings (bass, treble, balance, or loudness) to suit your personal
preferences.
Note: The loudness setting is designed to compensate for normal changes in the
ear's sensitivity at low volumes—you can turn this setting on to boost certain
frequencies, including bass, at low volume.
Select a room from the ROOMS pane, and then click
.
Note: Balance is only adjustable on a PLAY:1 when it is used in a stereo pair.
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Renaming a room
You may want to rename a speaker when you move it to a different room.
1. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC, select Manage -> Settings.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac, select Sonos -> Preferences -> Room Settings.
To change a BRIDGE or a DOCK, select BRIDGE Settings or DOCK Settings.
2. Select the room you wish to change from the Room Settings for drop-down list.
3. On the Basic tab, do one of the following:
• Select a new name from the Room Name drop-down list.
• Type a custom name in the Room Name box, and then click
(PC) or press Enter (Mac) to apply it.
You can delete a custom room name before applying it by clicking
(PC).
After you apply the new room name, it appears in the Room Settings for list.
Turning off the status indicator light
A constant white light displays near the volume controls to indicate that the unit is functioning normally. You
can turn it off so that there is no light when the speaker is in normal operation. If this light begins to flash
orange, go to http://faq.sonos.com/led for additional information.
1. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC, select Manage -> Settings.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac, select Sonos -> Preferences -> Room Settings.
To change a BRIDGE or a DOCK, select BRIDGE Settings or DOCK Settings.
2. Select the room you wish to change from the Room Settings for drop-down list.
3. On the Basic tab, uncheck the White Status Light On box.
Music Sources
Available Music Sources
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Radio (Internet radio stations, radio shows, or podcasts)
Music services
iTunes music from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s on the same network as your Sonos products
Audio from an Android device that’s on the same network as your Sonos products
Google Play Music (Android devices)
Local music library (shared folders on your home network)
Sonos Favorites
Sonos playlists (music queues you have saved for future playback)
Line-in (connect an external audio source like an Apple® AirPlay® device, CD player, TV, MP3 player or
more to a Sonos product via line-in and stream the audio to any or all Sonos products around your house)
• Music from UPnP servers
• Windows Media Player
• Docked iPods
What is radio?
Sonos includes a radio guide that provides immediate access to thousands of free Internet radio stations and
broadcast programs. You can easily find Internet radio stations from all over the world—music, news, and
variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts. You can also add your own favorite stations if
they use streaming MP3, HLS/AAC, or WMA formats (not every radio station provides streams).
What is a music service?
A music service is an online music store or online service that sells audio on a per-song, per audiobook, or
subscription basis. Sonos is compatible with several music services - you can visit our website at
www.sonos.com/music for the latest list.
What is wireless iTunes playback from iOS devices?
Wireless iTunes playback allows you to select and play music and podcasts stored on any iPad, iPhone, or
iPod touch that’s on the same network as your Sonos products. Once you make an audio selection from your
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can use any Sonos controller to control playback. Playback is perfectly
synchronized, in any or every room of your home. For more information, see the Sonos Controller for iPhone
Product Guide or the Sonos Controller for iPad Product Guide.
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What is wireless playback from Android devices?
Wireless playback from Android devices allows you to select and play music and podcasts stored on any
Android device that’s on the same network as your Sonos products. Once you make an audio selection from
your Android device, you can use any Sonos controller to control playback. Playback is perfectly
synchronized, in any or every room of your home.
What is Google Play Music service on Sonos?
You can play music to your Sonos system directly from the Google Play Music app on any Android device.
What is your local music library?
Your local music library includes digital music located anywhere on your home network, such as:
• shared folders on your computer
• shared folders on another computer in your network
• Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices
You can browse your music library in various ways. You can enter search criteria to quickly find a particular
music selection, or you can browse through a category hierarchy to make music selections.
Note: If a computer on your network is turned off or is in standby mode, the music
folders on that computer will be unavailable to the Sonos system until the
computer is turned back on.
Your selection choices include:
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Artists
Albums
Composers
Genres
Songs
Imported playlists
Folders
Search
What is Sonos Favorites?
Sonos Favorites gives you quick and easy access to the music you love the most. You can add audio
selections to your Sonos Favorites from any controller. Once you’ve added a favorite, it appears under Sonos
Favorites on the MUSIC menu.
What is a Sonos playlist?
A Sonos playlist is a music queue you create and then save for future listening. For example, you might want
to create a jazz playlist, a party playlist, or an easy listening playlist.
What is Line-in?
You can connect an external source like a CD player, portable music player, television, or AirPlay device to
your Sonos system, and stream the audio to any or all Sonos products (PLAY:5, CONNECT™, or
CONECT:AMP™) around your house. For information on connecting an external source, please see the
Sonos® System Setup Guide.
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What is music from UPnP servers?
Sonos can play music from compatible UPnP servers running on your network. If you are using a desktop
application such as Rhapsody to organize the music on your local drive, your Sonos system can access the
music server using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP).
What is Windows Media Player?
If you have Windows Media Player on your computer, you will need to turn on media sharing in Windows
Media Player so that the Sonos system can access the music stored in your WMP library. When media
sharing is turned on, Sonos can play all the music in your WMP library, including any DRM-free songs you’ve
downloaded from a music service.
What is a docked iPod?
The Sonos DOCK allows you to play music stored on your docked iPod or iPhone in any or every room of your
home, all perfectly synchronized.
Radio
Sonos includes a radio guide that provides access to thousands of free Internet radio stations and broadcast
programs. You can easily find radio from all over the world—music, news, and variety programming, including
archived shows and podcasts.
• If you have a music service enabled on your computer, you can additionally select Internet radio stations
from your music service.
• Sonos currently supports MP3, HLS/AAC, and WMA streaming audio formats.
• If you can’t find your favorite radio station or show, go to http://faq.sonos.com/radio for additional
information.
Selecting a local radio location
Selecting a local radio location will give you easy access to local radio stations in that city. There are two ways
you can set your location:
• by entering a ZIP code (U.S. only)
• by selecting a city
1. From the MUSIC pane, select Radio.
2. Select Local Radio, and then click Change Location.
3. Choose one of the following:
• Enter ZIP Code, and then type a ZIP code.
• Pick a City, and then browse to find a location.
Adding a radio station
You can use the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC to add a radio station that does not appear in the radio guide.
You must know the streaming URL, and the station must use the streaming MP3, HLS/AAC, or WMA
broadcast format. This station will be added to your Favorites list.
1. From the Manage menu, select Add Radio Station.
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2. Type the streaming URL for the radio station you want to add to your station list (for example: 
http://shoutcast.com/sbin/shoutcast-playlists.pls?rn=8107&file=filename.pls).
3. Type the radio station’s name in the Station Name field, and then click OK.
The new radio station appears in your My Radio Stations list.
Editing a radio station
Use the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC to edit a radio station.
Note: You can only edit the streaming URL or station name for those radio
stations you manually added to your My Radio Stations list.
1. From the MUSIC pane, select Radio.
2. Browse to find the station you want to edit.
3. Click
next to the radio station you want to edit, and then choose Edit Radio Station
4. Change the streaming URL or the station name, and then click OK.
Adding a station or show to My Radio
When you add a radio station to My Radio Stations (or a show to My Radio Shows), it is duplicated, not
removed, from the original radio list.
1. From the MUSIC pane, select Radio.
2. Find the station or show you want to add to your list.
3. Click
next to the radio station or show, and then choose Info & Options.
4. Click Add to My Radio Stations or Add to My Radio Shows.
You can also add a station or show while listening to it by clicking
Stations or Add to My Radio Shows.
, and then clicking Add to My Radio
Removing a station or show from My Radio
1. From the MUSIC pane, select Radio.
2. Click My Radio Stations or My Radio Shows and find the station or show you want to remove.
3. Click
next to the selection, and then choose Info & Options.
4. Click Remove from My Radio Stations or Remove from My Radio Shows.
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Music Services
A music service is an online music store or online service that sells audio on a per-song, per audiobook, or
subscription basis. Sonos is compatible with several music services—to view the latest list, visit our website at
www.sonos.com/music.
You can associate up to 32 music service accounts with your Sonos system. Each Sonos controller can have
a unique music service account associated with it so that everyone gets their own custom music experience.
For example, you can use your Pandora account (with your radio stations and preferences) and your son can
use his Pandora account (with his radio stations and preferences).
When you add a music service account to a Sonos controller, it becomes the default account for that
controller. You can switch between accounts by changing the default account for a controller at any time. See
Changing the default music service account for more information. Pandora features, such as the ability to
like tracks, are only available on the controller that started the playback so if you start playing a Pandora
station on your controller, you are the only one who can like tracks. For all other services, the options that are
available depend on the permissions of the default music service account. For example, if the default Spotify
account on a Sonos controller is the trial version of the service, only certain options will be available.
Note: You can build playlists from multiple music service accounts, but you will
not have the ability to see which account the tracks came from.
• Some music services may not be available in your country. Please check the music service’s website for
more information.
• To activate any of the free music service trials that are included with your Sonos system, your Sonos
system must be registered.
• The MUSIC menu displays the music services that are set up to work with Sonos.
• To add or update a music service, click Add Music Services from the MUSIC menu.
Activating a music trial
Free music service trials are available in some countries. (Please check the individual music service’s website
for more information.) If there is a music service trial available on your controller, simply follow the steps below
to activate it. After the trial period is up, you will need to subscribe to the music service to keep the music
playing.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
The music services that are currently configured to work with your Sonos system are displayed.
2. Click Add (PC) or
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(Mac).
Select the music trial you would like to activate, and then click Next.
Specify that you are new to the service, and then click Next.
Click the link to go to the website for the music service and set up an account there.
After you have set up a music service account, click Next
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You will be asked to provide a nickname for your account. If there are multiple accounts for this music
service associated with your Sonos system, the nickname appears below the music service name on the
music menu so you always know which account you are using. You can change the account nickname or
switch to a different account at any time. See Changing the music service account nickname and
Changing the default music service account for more information.
After the trial expires
If you want to subscribe to a music service after your free trial expires, go to the music service’s website to
sign up. Once you become a subscriber, simply update Sonos with your membership information (steps
below) and you’ll have instant access to the music service from your Sonos system.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC, select the music service you wish to subscribe to, and click
Subscribe.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac, click Subscribe next to the service you wish to subscribe to.
3. Click the link to go to the website for the music service and set up an account there.
4. After you have subscribed to the music service, click Next.
5. Enter your music service login and password, and click Next.
After your login and password have been verified by the music service, you can select your music service
in the MUSIC pane, and make a music selection.
Note: If your music service does not appear in the MUSIC pane, your firewall may
be preventing Sonos from accessing it. For additional information, go to 
http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
Adding a compatible music service account
If you are currently subscribed to a music service that’s compatible with Sonos, simply add your music service
login and password information (as needed) to Sonos and you’ll have instant access to the music service from
your Sonos system. To see the latest list of compatible music services, go to www.sonos.com/music.
You can associate up to 32 music service accounts with your Sonos system, including multiple accounts for
the same music service—each Sonos controller can have a different default music service account so that
everyone gets their own custom music experience.
(If you have not yet subscribed to a music service, first go to the music service’s website to sign up. Once you
become a subscriber, simply follow the steps below to add your account information to Sonos.)
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
The music services that are currently configured to work with your Sonos system are displayed.
2. Click Add (PC) or
(Mac).
3. Select the Sonos-compatible music service you would like to add, and then click Next.
4. Select I already have an account, and then click Next.
5. Enter your music service login and password, and click Next.
Note: If you’re a Spotify user, you can choose to log in with your Spotify account
information or your Facebook credentials.
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You will be asked to provide a nickname for your account. If there are multiple accounts for this music
service associated with your Sonos system, the nickname appears below the music service name on the
music menu so you always know which account you are using. You can change the account nickname or
switch to a different account at any time. See Changing the music service account nickname and
Changing the default music service account for more information.
Your login and password will be verified with the music service. Once your credentials have been verified,
you’ll have instant access to the music service—it will appear as an option on the MUSIC menu.
Note: If your music service does not appear in the MUSIC pane, your firewall may
be preventing Sonos from accessing it. For additional information, go to 
http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
Changing your music service password
If you want to change the password for a music service you subscribe to, such as Spotify, Rhapsody, or
SiriusXM, you must first change the password with your music service provider by going to their website
and changing your password in the account settings. Once you've changed your password there, update your
Sonos system:
1. Go to your music service provider’s website, and change your password in the account settings.
After you've changed your password there, follow the steps below to update your Sonos system.
2. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
3. Highlight the music service you wish to update.
4. Choose one of the following:
• On a PC, click Edit.
• On a Mac, click
, and then select Change Password.
Note: If you don’t change your password with the music service first, it won’t work
on your Sonos system.
Changing the music service account nickname
The account nickname appears below the music service name in the music menu.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Highlight the music service account you wish to update.
3. Choose one of the following:
• On a PC, click Edit.
, and then select Change Nickname.
• On a Mac, click
Changing the default music service account
You can quickly and easily change the default music service account for a controller.
1. Click
next to a music service in the MUSIC pane.
2. Select a different account.
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The nickname for the default account for the controller appears below the music service name in the music
menu.
Caution: Any changes you make, such as liking tracks, affect the preferences for
the default music service account.
Replacing a music service account
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Select the music service you wish to replace.
3. Choose one of the following:
• On a PC, click Replace.
• On a Mac, click
, and then select Replace Account.
4. Enter your music service login and password, and then click Next.
After your login and password have been verified by the music service, you can select the music service
from the MUSIC pane, and make a music selection.
Reauthorizing a music service account
Periodically, you may be asked to reauthorize account with a music service.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Select the music service that has the account you wish to reauthorize.
3. Choose one of the following:
• On a PC, click Reauthorize, and then follow the on-screen prompts.
• On a Mac, click
, select Reauthorize, and then follow the on-screen prompts.
Removing a music service account from Sonos
You may wish to remove a music service account from your Sonos system—for example, you might want to
remove a music service trial after it has expired.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Select the music service account you wish to remove, and click Remove (PC) or
(Mac).
Note: All controllers that used this account as the default account now use the
oldest account associated with your Sonos system as the default account.
This will not delete your account from the music service—your account status with the music service will be
unaffected.
Removing a music service trial
When a music service trial expires, you may wish to remove the expired trial from your Sonos system.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Select the trial music service you wish to remove.
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3. Click Remove (PC) or
(Mac), and then follow the on-screen prompts.
Note: All controllers that used this account as the default account now use the
oldest account associated with your Sonos system as the default account.
Sonos Labs
Be among the first to try out a new music service before it is officially released! When you see a music service
listed in Sonos Labs, you can go to that music service’s website, create an account, and then add your
account information to Sonos.
Sonos continually updates the list of available beta music services, so please check back frequently.
1. From the Manage menu, select Service Settings.
2. Click Sonos Labs (PC) or Visit Sonos Labs (Mac).
3. Select the service you would like to add, and then click Next.
You will be asked if you want to share usage data, if you have not done so already.
4. Select I already have an account, and then click Next.
5. Enter your music service login and password, and then click Next.
After your login and password have been verified by the music service, you can select the music service
from the MUSIC pane, and make a music selection.
Note: If your music service does not appear in the MUSIC pane, your firewall may
be preventing Sonos from accessing it. For additional information, go to
http://faq.sonos.com/firewall.
Wireless iTunes Playback from iOS Devices
You can select and play music and podcasts stored on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that’s on the same
network as your Sonos products. Playback is perfectly synchronized, in any or every room of your home.
Simply choose On this iPad, On this iPhone, or On this iPod touch from the Sonos app on your iOS device
to make audio selections and then you can use any Sonos controller to control playback.
Wireless Playback from Android Devices
You can select and play music stored on any Android device that’s on the same network as your Sonos
products. Playback is perfectly synchronized, in any or every room of your home. Simply choose On this
Mobile Device from the Sonos app on your Android smartphone or tablet to make audio selections and then
you can use any Sonos controller to control playback.
Google Play Music (Android Devices)
You can play music to your Sonos system directly from the Google Play Music app on any Android device.
This feature is available for both Standard and All Access Google Play Music customers.
To play music directly from the Google Play Music app to your Sonos system, you must have both the Google
Play Music app and the Sonos Controller app installed on your mobile device.
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Simply open the Google Play Music app and connect to a Sonos room or room group to start the music.
Managing Your Local Music Library
The Sonos system can play music from any computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device on your
home network where you have shared music folders. During the setup process, you are guided through the
process of accessing your local music library (such as your iTunes library). Over time, you may wish to add or
remove music folders from this list.
Once you’ve set up your local music library, you can play selections from it by choosing Music Library from
the Music menu.
Note: If you have uncompressed WAV or AIFF files in your music collection, they
may only be available for browsing and/or selection via Songs or Folders as
uncompressed files may not contain detailed information such as artist, title and
genre.
Adding a shared folder
To make another shared folder available to your Sonos system:
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
The shared music folders that are currently available to your Sonos system appear.
2. Select the Folders tab and click Add (PC) or
(Mac).
3. Choose one of the following options:
• In my Music folder, and then click Next. Follow the on-screen instructions to make your music
accessible to the Sonos system. If necessary, you will be guided through the steps for sharing the music
folder and adjusting your computer’s sleep settings.
• In another location on my computer, or on an external drive connected to my computer, and then
click Next. Type the path or browse to the location where your music is stored and follow the on-screen
instructions to make your music accessible to the Sonos system. If necessary, you will be guided through
the steps for sharing the music folder and adjusting your computer’s sleep settings.
• On a networked device such as a network attached storage (NAS) drive, and then click Next.
a. Type the network path for the music folder (\\Name\Sharename, where Name is the network name for
your computer or NAS device, and Sharename is the name of the top level shared folder), or click
Browse (PC) to navigate to it. Click Next.
b. If it is not shared anonymously, enter the user name and password of a user with permission to access
this folder, and then click Next.
Windows Sharing on a Mac
Depending upon where your music is stored, you may be asked to provide an administrator name and
password to allow access to your music folders.
If your Macintosh computer does not have Windows Sharing enabled, the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC will
guide you through the process of enabling it. Your music files are never copied from their current locations your folders are simply shared so they can be accessed by your Sonos system.
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Viewing shared folders
• From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
The shared music folders that are currently accessible to your Sonos system are displayed. (If a computer on
your network is turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the music on that computer will be unavailable to the
Sonos system until the computer is turned back on.)
Stop accessing a shared folder
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Folders tab.
3. Select the shared folder you want to remove from the list, and then click Remove (PC) or
(Mac).
4. Confirm that you want to delete the shared folder.
Updating the music index
The Sonos system indexes your local music library so you can view your music collection by categories (such
as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks.) During setup, all of your available music folders are indexed
for easy selection. If you add new music, simply update your music index to add this music to your local music
library.
1. From the Manage menu, select Update Music Library Now.
2. Click Yes to confirm.
The message, “Indexing” appears in the MUSIC pane. When the update is complete, the message
disappears.
Scheduling automatic updates
You can set your music system to automatically update your music index at the same time each day.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Check the Update content every day at box, and then select the time of day you would like your music
index to automatically update.
Contributing artists
Contributing Artists are those who appear on individual tracks within an album, including those on a
compilation or soundtrack album. You can set your preferences to show or hide these individual artists within
a Contributing Artists view.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Check or uncheck the Show Contributing Artists checkbox.
If this box is not checked, the Contributing Artists view will not display.
The Show Contributing Artists preference setting you select applies only to this Sonos Controller for Mac or
PC. If you have another Sonos controller, you can select a different Contributing Artist view for it.
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Imported playlists (M3U, WPL and PLS support)
The Sonos system is compatible with iTunes playlists as well as M3U, WPL and PLS playlist files created with
third-party software (for example, iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, and so on). The Sonos system
does not change music or playlist files created by other applications; these files are always treated as “readonly.”
To play music from imported playlists, drop the playlist file .PLS, .M3U or .WPL into the same music folder you
have shared to the Sonos system, update your music index, and the custom playlists will appear when you
select Imported Playlists from the Music Library menu.
iTunes support
You can view your iTunes playlists in the Sonos system by selecting Imported Playlists from the Music
Library.
When you make changes to your iTunes playlist(s), exit iTunes, and then update your Sonos music index to
see the changes (see Updating the music index for more information.)
iTunes playlists are automatically imported into the Imported Playlists menu as long as your 'iTunes Music
Library.xml' file is shared along with your music to the Sonos system. For typical iTunes installations, this file is
located in the iTunes folder.
Sonos is unable to play tracks that are protected by Apple’s proprietary Digital Rights Management (DRM)
scheme.
Sort folders by preference
You can set the sorting preference for music folders that are accessible from your local music library. You can
choose to sort by:
• Song name
• Song number
• File name
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab and select your sort order preference from the drop-down Sort Folders by list.
Compilation albums
If your music collection contains compilations and soundtracks, you may want to group these songs together
in your music library instead of viewing them by individual artist. This means that any artists that appear solely
on compilations will not appear in your Artists list. You can choose to group compilations within Sonos by:
• iTunes compilations
• Album artist
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Group using iTunes compilations
iTunes normally organizes your iTunes Music folder as [Artist]/[Album]/[Track name]. iTunes has a feature that
allows you to group your compilations albums together. This will organize your compilations and soundtrack
albums as [Compilations]/[Album]/[Track name].
Within iTunes:
1. Mark individual tracks as being part of compilations by highlighting the track and then selecting File ->
Get Info.
2. Check the Part of a compilation checkbox.
3. Select View -> Column Browser and select the Group Compilations option. This will group the tracks
you’ve marked as compilations.
Within Sonos:
You can organize your local music library to use this iTunes compilation view.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab and select iTunes compilations from the Group Albums using drop-down list.
The music library updates immediately when you select this option.
3. If you would like to see the individual artists displayed in a Contributing Artist view, check the Show
Contributing Artists checkbox.
If this box is not checked, the Contributing Artists view will not display.
The Show Contributing Artists preference setting you select applies only to this Sonos Controller for Mac or
PC. If you have another Sonos controller, you can select a different Contributing Artist view for it.
Group using AlbumArtists
Windows Media Player, as well as some other players, use the Album Artist category to group compilations
and sound track albums (the Album Artist is the person, group or composer the album would be filed under in
a store).
You can organize your local music library to use the AlbumArtist compilation view.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab and select Album Artists from the Group Albums using drop-down list.
3. If you would like to see the individual artists displayed in a Contributing Artist view, check the Show
Contributing Artists checkbox.
If this box is not checked, the Contributing Artists view will not display.
The Show Contributing Artists preference setting you select applies only to this Sonos Controller for Mac or
PC. If you have another Sonos controller, you can select a different Contributing Artist view for it.
Do not group compilations
If you choose not to group compilation albums, the individual artists will display within your Artists view.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab and select Do not group compilations from the Group Albums using drop-
down list.
All of the individual artists will then appear in the Artists view.
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Resetting local music library permissions on a PC
Some music services may automatically change the permissions on your music folders when you add music,
so that Sonos can no longer access your music. If your music service does this, you can change the
preference setting to allow Sonos to reset permissions when your music index is updated. You should not set
this preference unless you need to, as it takes longer to update your music index when this box is checked.
1. From the Manage menu, select Music Library Settings.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Check the Fix permissions on music files so that Sonos can always access them box.
Sonos Favorites
Sonos Favorites gives you quick and easy access to the music you love the most. You can add audio
selections to your Sonos Favorites from any controller. Once you create a Favorite, it appears under Sonos
Favorites on the MUSIC menu.
Note: Audio from docked iPods, wireless playback from iOS and Android devices,
and line-in sources cannot be added to Sonos Favorites since these music
sources may not always be available to your Sonos system.
Creating a Sonos Favorite
1. From the MUSIC menu, browse to find the selection you want to add to your Sonos Favorites.
2. Click
to the right of the selection, and choose Add to Sonos Favorites.
If there are multiple accounts for the music service associated with your Sonos system, the nickname for
the music service account used to create the favorite appears below the selection in the Sonos Favorites
list.
Note: To create a favorite from the selection you are currently listening to, click
from the NOW PLAYING pane and choose Add to Sonos Favorites.
Deleting a Sonos Favorite
1. Select Sonos Favorites from the MUSIC menu.
2. Click
to the right of the selection you wish to delete, and choose Delete Favorite.
Renaming a Sonos Favorite
1. Select Sonos Favorites from the MUSIC menu.
2. Click
to the right of the selection you wish to rename, and choose Rename Favorite.
Note: When you rename a Sonos Favorite playlist, the playlist name remains
unchanged if you access it through the Sonos Playlists menu option.
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Sonos playlists are music queues you create and save for future listening. For example, you might want to
create a jazz playlist, a party playlist, or an easy listening playlist.
Note: You can build playlists from multiple music service accounts, but you will
not have the ability to see which account the tracks came from.
Creating a Sonos playlist
While browsing music, you can create a Sonos playlist or add to an existing playlist. Simply click
to the
right of a selection and choose Add to Sonos Playlist. Click New Playlist or select an existing playlist.
You can also save a music queue as a Sonos playlist by choosing Save Queue from the QUEUE pane.
Note: Tracks that reside on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, or on your Android
device are not included in a Sonos playlist. See Wireless iTunes Playback from
iOS Devices and Wireless Playback from Android Devices for more information.
Adding to an existing Sonos playlist
Note: Tracks that reside on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or on your Android
device are not included in a Sonos playlist. See Wireless iTunes Playback from
iOS Devices or Wireless Playback from Android Devices for more information.
1. Select a music source from the MUSIC pane.
2. Browse to find a track or album.
3. Click
next to the track or album you want to add to an existing Sonos playlist, and then select Add to
Sonos Playlist.
Note: The options that appear depend on the music source you have selected.
4. Select an existing playlist name to add the selection.
Note: While listening to a track, you can add it to a playlist. Simply click
from
the NOW PLAYING pane, and then select Add Song to Sonos Playlist. While
viewing the queue, you can save it as a playlist by choosing Save Queue.
Moving a track within a playlist
1. Select Sonos Playlists in the MUSIC pane.
2. Select a playlist.
3. Choose one of the following:
• To move a single track, click the track you want to move and drag it to a new location within the playlist.
Once it is in the desired location, release the mouse button.
• To move multiple tracks, check the box to the right of each track you want to move. Click and drag the
tracks to a new location within the playlist, and then release the mouse button.
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You can select tracks that are not next to each other in the playlist. They maintain their current order in the
new location.
Deleting a track from a playlist
1. Select Sonos Playlists in the MUSIC pane.
2. Select a playlist.
3. Choose one of the following:
• To remove a single track, click
next to the track you want to remove from the playlist, and then select
Remove Song.
• To remove multiple tracks, check the box to the right of each track you want to remove from the playlist,
next to one of the selected tracks, and then select Remove Songs.
click
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Deleting a Sonos playlist
1. Select Sonos Playlists in the MUSIC pane.
2. Click
next to the playlist you want to delete, and select Delete Playlist.
Note: If you delete a playlist that is also a Sonos Favorite, see Deleting a Sonos
Favorite to remove it from your Sonos Favorites.
Replacing the tracks in a playlist
You can replace the tracks in a playlist with the contents of the queue by choosing Save Queue, and then
selecting an existing playlist.
Note: Tracks that reside on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or on your Android
device are not included in a Sonos playlist. See Wireless iTunes Playback from
iOS Devices for more information.
Renaming a Sonos playlist
1. Select Sonos Playlists in the MUSIC pane.
2. Click
next to the playlist you want to rename, and select Rename Playlist.
Note: If you rename a Sonos playlist that is also a Sonos Favorite, the playlist
name remains unchanged when you access it through the Sonos Favorites menu
option.
Music from UPnP servers
Sonos can play music from compatible UPnP servers running on your network. If you are using a desktop
application such as Rhapsody to organize the music on your local drive, your Sonos system can access the
music server using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). You should only use this method to access the music
service’s server if you are using their desktop application to access music or if you have multiple accounts for
the same music service active in your household.
To access a music server using UPnP, first make sure UPnP is enabled in the music service desktop
application so that the Sonos system can recognize it and show the music service in your music library. This is
a one-time preference setting. Remember—your computer must be on in order to stream content if you are
accessing a music server this way.
After you have enabled UPnP in the music service’s desktop application, simply adjust the settings on your
Sonos system to allow the music servers to display. See Displaying music servers on Sonos for more
information.
Windows Media Player
If you have Windows Media Player on your computer, you will need to turn on media sharing in Windows
Media Player so that the Sonos system can access the music stored in your WMP library. When media
sharing is turned on, Sonos can play all the music in your WMP library, including any DRM-free songs you’ve
downloaded from a music service.
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Enabling Windows media sharing
1. Start Windows Media Player.
2. Click Stream.
3. Choose one of the following options:
• Allow Internet access to home media
• Allow remote control of my player
• Automatically allow devices to play my media—you may want to choose this option so streaming will
automatically be allowed each time you add a device to your network.
When you turn on media streaming, you can select More streaming options to see a list of your networked
devices. You can choose to allow or block individual devices.
Note: If you do not allow media streaming on all Sonos products, those Sonos
products will not be able to play the music stored in your Windows Media Player
library.
After you have turned on media sharing in Windows Media Player, simply adjust the settings on your Sonos
system to allow the music servers to display. See Displaying music servers on Sonos for more information.
Displaying music servers on Sonos
1. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC, select Manage -> Settings.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac, select Sonos -> Preferences.
2. Select Advanced.
3. On the Music Servers tab, choose one of the following options under Local Music Servers:
• Check the Show Windows Media Servers checkbox.
• Check the Show Rhapsody UPnP servers checkbox.
Docked iPods
You can select music directly from your device when it is seated in the DOCK (autoplay mode), or you can use
any Sonos controller to make music selections and control playback (accessory mode). Place a compatible
device in the DOCK, and select Docked iPods from the Music menu.
The DOCK is compatible with:
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iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation)
iPod classic
iPod nano (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation)
iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G, iPhone
Playing Music
You can select music by selecting a music source from the MUSIC pane, select a category (such as Artists,
Albums, or Composers), and then drilling down through the selected source, or you can search for music in
a specific source.
Selecting Music
Browse
Note: The music you select will play in the room or group that’s highlighted in the
ROOMS pane.
1. From the ROOMS pane, click to highlight the room you want to play music in.
2. Select a music source from the MUSIC pane.
3. Select a category, such as Artists, Albums, or Composers, and click to drill down through the category
until you reach the choice you want.
4. Click
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•
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•
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•
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to the right of the selection, and then choose one of the following options:
Play Now to start playing the selection. If the selection has tracks, they are added to the end of the
queue.
Play Next to add the selection to the music queue as the next selection to play.
Add to Queue to add the selection to the end of your music queue.
Replace Queue to remove the contents of the current queue, replace it with this selection, and start
playing it the first track of the selection.
Add to Sonos Favorites to add the selection to your list of favorites.
Add to Sonos Playlist to add the selection to an existing playlist or create a playlist that has this
selection. iTunes tracks that reside on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad are not included in a Sonos
playlist. See Wireless iTunes Playback from iOS Devices for more information.
Info & Options to display additional options, such as adding a track to your Sonos favorites or viewing
artist/album information.
Note: The options that appear depend on the music source you have selected.
If you’ve created Sonos playlists (saved queues), you can play them anytime by selecting Sonos Playlists
from the MUSIC pane.
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Multi-Select
1. Check the box that appears on the right for each item you want to select.
2. Choose one of the following:
• Click
to choose an option.
• Play Selected Now to add the selection to the end of the queue and start playing the first track of the
selection.
• Play Selected Next to add the selection to the music queue as the next selection to play.
• Add Selected to Queue to add the selection to the end of your music queue.
• Replace Queue to remove the contents of the current queue, replace it with this selection, and start
playing the first track of the selection.
• Drag and drop the selections to the QUEUE pane or the ROOMS pane.
Note: You can also double-click a selection to add it to the end of the queue and
start playing the first track of the selection.
Drag and Drop
You can drag and drop selections directly from a music source to the queue or to a room. Click a selection
and, while holding down the mouse, drag the selection to the QUEUE or ROOMS pane, and then release.
Searching for Music
1. From the ROOMS pane, select the room you want to play music in.
2. Choose one of the following:
• From the MUSIC pane, select the source you want to search.
• Click the down-arrow in the Search box and select the source you want to search. (For Pandora, the box
says New Station.)
3. Enter your search criteria (full or partial). As you type, the list populates.
You can also search using the metadata for a track by highlighting the track, and then selecting Edit -> Copy. You can
then paste this content into the Search box in your Sonos Controller for Mac or PC. You can also paste this content into an
online search engine.
4. Click a category you wish to search (for example, Artists, Albums, Composers, or Songs).
Sonos App for Mac/PC
Mini Controller
The Mini Controller includes playback controls plus access to information about the track that is currently
playing.
1. Choose one of the following:
• Select File -> Show Mini Controller (PC).
• Select Window -> Mini Controller (Mac).
• From the NOW PLAYING pane, click the album art.
2. Mouse over the large album art to display the playback controls.
3. Choose one of the following:
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• Click the playback controls to play, pause, or mute your music. Playback controls are also available by
mousing over the Sonos Controller icon in the system tray (PC) or right-clicking the Sonos Controller icon
in the dock (Mac).
• Click
to display options for viewing artist/album information or adding a track/album to your music
library. The information appears in the MUSIC pane.
(Windows) or
(Mac) to resize the Mini Controller. Click again to return the Mini Controller
• Click
to its previous size.
• Close the Mini Controller.
Note: You can also click the large album art in the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
main display to close the Mini Controller.
Managing the Music Queue
When you select tracks, they are added to a list called a music queue. You can create a different queue for
each room in your home, or you can group rooms together to play the same audio. Tracks in the queue will
play in order unless you turn on shuffle and/or repeat.
Once you have added tracks to a queue, you can make changes to the music queue using the queue controls.
Sonos playlists are music queues you create and save for future listening. See Sonos Playlists for more
information.
Note: Wireless playback from iOS and Android devices allows you to select and
play music and podcasts stored on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android
device that’s on the same network as your Sonos products. If there are tracks in
the queue from a mobile device that is not currently available to Sonos, you may
see a message indicating that the selection cannot be played at this time.
Playing a track from the queue
Click
next to a track in the QUEUE pane, and then select Play Song. Playback continues through the
tracks in the queue.
Deleting a track from the queue
Choose one of the following:
• To remove a single track, in the QUEUE pane, click
next to the track you want to remove from the
music queue, and then select Remove Song.
• To remove multiple tracks, in the QUEUE pane, check the box to the right of each track you want to
next to one of the selected tracks, and then select Remove Selected
remove from the queue. Click
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Songs (PC) or Remove Songs (Mac).
Moving a track within the queue
Choose one of the following:
• To move a single track, in the QUEUE pane, click the track you want to move and drag it to a new location
within the queue. Once it is in the desired location, release the mouse button.
• To move multiple tracks, in the QUEUE pane, check the box to the right of each track you want to move.
You can select songs that are not next to each other in the queue. Drag the tracks to a new location within
the queue, and then release the mouse button.
When you select tracks, they will maintain their current order in the new location.
Clearing the queue
• Click Clear Queue from the bottom of the QUEUE pane.
This clears the entire queue in the selected room and the music stops playing.
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Saving a queue as a Sonos playlist
• Click Save Queue from the QUEUE pane.
You can access these playlists anytime by selecting Sonos Playlists from the Music menu.
Note: Tracks that reside on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or your Android device
are not included in a Sonos playlist.
Resizing the QUEUE pane
Choose one of the following:
• Click
to expand the size of the QUEUE pane and display more of the list of tracks queued to play.
The NOW PLAYING pane slides out of view.
• Click
to make the QUEUE pane smaller. The NOW PLAYING pane displays.
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Changing the play mode
• Click the Repeat, Shuffle, or Crossfade buttons to change the play mode.
The icon for the selected play mode appears highlighted.
Shuffle
Changes the order of the tracks in
the music queue.
• Turn shuffle off to return the
tracks to their original playback
order.
• Turn shuffle on again and get a
different mix.
• The indicator is blue when the
control is activated.
Repeat
Repeats tracks in the music queue.
• Select to repeat all of the tracks
in the music queue.
• Select again to repeat the track
that is currently playing.
• The indicator is blue when the
control is activated.
Crossfade
Fades out the current track while
fading in the next track to create a
smooth transition between tracks.
Turning Off the Music System
Your Sonos system is designed to be always on; the system uses minimal electricity whenever it is not playing
music.
• To quickly stop streaming audio in all rooms, select Pause All from the ROOMS pane.
• To quickly stop streaming audio in a room or room group, press the Play/Pause button on a Sonos
player (may appear as a Mute icon on some players).
on a Sonos Controller app, or press the Play/Pause
Your Sonos products remain off until you select
button on a player to restart each room or room group.
Need More Help?
• Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages at www.sonos.com/support.
• Ask us a question at http://www.sonos.com/emailsupport.
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Index
A
C
account
default 5-5
default music service 5-7
nickname 5-6, 5-7
activate music trial 5-5
add
alarm (Mac) 3-4
alarm (PC) 2-4
compatible music service 5-6
iPad 1-4
music 5-10
music, does not display 5-14
radio station 5-3
shared folder 5-10
show to My Radio 5-4
Sonos Favorite 5-14
Sonos playlist 5-15
station to My Radio 5-4
adjust sound settings 4-2
alarm
add (Mac) 3-4
add (PC) 2-4
clock (Mac) 3-4
clock (PC) 2-4
include grouped rooms (Mac) 3-4, 3-5
include grouped rooms (PC) 2-4, 2-5
set (Mac) 3-4
set (PC) 2-4
turn on (Mac) 3-4
turn on (PC) 2-4
turning off (Mac) 3-5
turning off (PC) 2-5
album artist 5-13
change
account nickname 5-7
alarm (Mac) 3-5
alarm (PC) 2-5
default music service account 5-7
language (Mac) 3-6
language (PC) 2-6
music service password 5-7
play mode 6-7
clear queue 6-5
compilations 5-12
contributing artists 5-11
create, Sonos playlist 5-15, 6-6
crossfade 6-7
B
balance control 4-2
D
date, set
Mac 3-4
PC 2-4
default music service account, change 5-7
delete
alarm (Mac) 3-5
alarm (PC) 2-5
music service trial 5-8
Sonos Favorite 5-14
Sonos playlist 5-17
tracks from playlist 5-16
tracks from queue 6-4
docked iPods 5-18
download software updates
Mac 3-5
PC 2-6
drag and drop
to room 6-2
tracks 6-2
drop rooms 4-2
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I-2
E
edit
alarm (Mac) 3-5
alarm (PC) 2-5
radio station 5-4
equalization 4-2
expired trial, delete 5-8
F
Favorites 5-2
add track 6-1
file sharing, enabling 3-7
firewall information
Mac 3-7
PC 2-7
fix permissions 5-14
folders, sort by 5-12
G
Google Play Music (Android Devices) 5-9
group
all rooms 4-1
compilations 5-12
compilations, iTunes 5-13
rooms 4-1
view folder 5-11
Windows Sharing on Mac 5-10
local radio location 5-3
M
M3U 5-12
manage
local music library 5-10
media sharing 5-18
metadata 5-10
mini controller 6-3
move tracks in playlist 5-15
move tracks in queue 6-5
multi-select tracks 6-2
music
library 5-2
library permissions 5-14
playing 6-4
service trial, delete 5-8
service, add 5-6
services 5-5
trial, activate 5-5
music service
account nickname 5-6, 5-7
default account 5-5, 5-7
reauthorize account 5-8
I
imported playlists 5-12
Internet radio 5-3
iPod, docked 5-18
iTunes 5-12
compilations 5-13
wireless playback 5-1, 5-9
L
language preference
Mac 3-6
PC 2-6
light
turn off 4-3
local music library
add folder 5-10
auto update index 5-11
remove folder 5-11
reset permission on PC 5-14
setup 5-10, 5-11
update index 5-11
N
network requirements 1-2
new alarm
Mac 3-4
PC 2-4
nickname, change 5-7
NOW PLAYING pane, large album art 6-3
O
operating systems 1-3
P
party mode 4-2
password, music service 5-7
pause all 6-7
play
formats 1-3
mode 6-7
music 6-4
Index
next 6-1, 6-2
play now, replace queue 6-1, 6-2
playback controls
Mac 3-2
PC 2-2
playlist
add track 6-1
delete tracks 5-16
formats 1-3
move tracks 5-15
remove tracks 5-16
reorder 5-15
save queue as 6-6
PLS 5-12
Q
queue
add tracks 6-1
clear 6-5
delete tracks 6-4
drag and drop tracks 6-2
move tracks 6-5
play music 6-4
remove tracks 6-4
reorder 6-5
resizing 6-6
save as playlist 6-6
R
radio 5-3
add new station 5-3
change local location 5-3
reauthorize music service account 5-8
remove
shared folder 5-10
show from My Radio 5-4
station from My Radio 5-4
track from playlist 5-16
tracks from queue 6-4
rename
Sonos Favorite 5-14
Sonos playlist 5-17
reorder playlist 5-15
reorder queue 6-5
repeat 6-7
Mac 3-3
PC 2-3
I-3
reset
permissions 5-14
resizing, queue 6-6
rooms, drag and drop tracks 6-2
S
schedule music index updates 5-11
search for music 6-2
select multiple tracks 6-2
set
date and time (Mac) 3-4
date and time (PC) 2-4
permissions 5-14
set up your system
Mac 3-1
PC 2-1
shuffle 6-7
Mac 3-3
PC 2-3
sleep timer
Mac 3-5
PC 2-5
software updates
Mac 3-5
PC 2-5
Sonos Favorites 5-2, 5-14
add 5-14
delete 5-14
rename 5-14
Sonos playlist, create 6-6
sort by preference 5-12
Spotify, reauthorize account 5-8
status indicator, turn off 4-3
stop music 6-7
system
registration 1-5
requirements 1-3
T
time, set
Mac 3-4
PC 2-4
tracks
add multiple to queue 6-2
add to Favorites 6-1
add to playlist 6-1
add to queue 6-1
I-4
drag and drop to queue 6-2
move in playlist 5-15
move in queue 6-5
play 6-4
play multiple 6-2
select multiple 6-2
turn off
indicator light 4-3
music system 6-7
U
update music index 5-11
upgrade
software (Mac) 3-5
software (PC) 2-5
UPnP settings 5-17
V
view
clock (Mac) 3-4
clock (PC) 2-4
compilation albums 5-12
W
WAV metadata 5-10
Windows
file sharing 3-7
media sharing 5-18
setup 2-1
wireless
iTunes playback 5-1, 5-9
playback, Android devices 5-2, 5-9
wireless setup 1-5
WPL 5-12
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