Sonos updates desktop controller apps for Mac and PC

Revamped Sonos 3.7 controller app for desktops and laptops brings universal search and interface improvements.

More people are controlling their Sonos system from iOS and Android mobile devices but the company hasn't forgotten about users who use their computers as controllers. Sonos

Sonos has made a big push into the mobile space with controller apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android smartphones and tablet, turning those devices into remotes for its multiroom wireless audio system. However, the company is now showing a little love to customers still using the Sonos desktop controller apps on Mac and Windows laptops with a new update that adds powerful new "universal" search features and a redesigned interface.

A look at the new Mini Player (click to enlarge). Sonos

What does universal mean? Well, using a single search box, you can now find artists, albums, songs, and stations from your music library, Internet radio and music services. That's right, type something into the box, and the search extends well beyond the music stored on your local computer or networked drive.

Sonos is also highlighting how the new controllers also offer "instant volume control, with a one-touch Party Mode that lets you set the volume in your grouped rooms simultaneously" and a slick new Mini Controller that "lets you control your music while you're working in other apps."

One warning. Sonos 3.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows XP Service Pack 3 or higher, including Vista and Windows 7. If your computer OS doesn't meet those requirements, no new Sonos app for you.

For those of you waiting for a Retina version of the Sonos app for the new iPad, no word on when that will arrive, but we hope sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, check out a preview of Sonos 3.7 below:

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Sonos Play:3 (black)

The Bottom Line: While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone. / Read full review

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Sonos Play:5 (white)

The Bottom Line: The Sonos Play:5 shrinks the Sonos streaming music experience down to a compact single-speaker system with great sound, which you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone. / Read full review

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