Sonos adds Slacker streaming, Android tablet and Kindle Fire apps

The Sonos digital music system gets a new Controller app for Android tablets (including the Kindle Fire), plus support for the Slacker streaming service.

Sonos Controller App on Kindle Fire
The Sonos Controller App is now available on the Kindle Fire (and other Android tablets). Sonos

Add Slacker, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire to Sonos' bag of tricks.

Starting today, the Sonos Controller app will be available on most Android tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire. The free app will be available through the Android Market (on tablets running Android OS 2.2 and higher) and via the Amazon App Store on the Fire. The controller app--already available for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and Android phones--essentially turns tablets and smartphones into touch-screen Wi-Fi remotes for the Sonos streaming audio products.

Separately, Sonos is adding Slacker support to its devices as well. Slacker joins a long list of supported audio streaming services, including Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, Rdio, Napster, Mog, Sirius XM, Last.fm, Aupeo, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, and Tune In Radio. Slacker will be available to U.S. and Canadian customers only, and both the free and paid premium versions of Slacker will be accessible through the Sonos hardware.

In addition to Slacker support, the Sonos 3.6 software update adds improvements to Spotify, AAC+ codec support, and better Danish and Norwegian language support. Sonos is also adding a beta section called "Sonos Labs" that lets customers access new music services before they officially launch on Sonos. (Personally, I'd love to see Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music hit the Sonos someday--here's to hoping they pop up in the Labs sometime soon.)

The new Sonos Controller apps and Sonos software update should be available later today.

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