Most people are drawn to Sonos for its expansive sound flow Options, however, include playing your own audio files via line-in, Bluetooth, AirPlay and network-attached storage (NAS). Android users have long had another option: they can easily play audio files stored locally on their device in a Sonos system in full quality. But this last option will soon disappear.

There’s Sonos updated his website with a notice “Starting May 23, 2023, we are removing the ability to play audio files directly on Sonos using the ‘On this device’ menu in the Sonos app for Android.” The company recommends that customers either upload these tracks to a streaming service – YouTube Music is great for this – or run a NAS solution if they want the local files to remain playable on the Sonos hardware.

The timing, though almost coincidental, is quite something. Sonos and Google are currently facing off in federal court over patent infringement. But I’m guessing that the “on this device” feature was so underused that the company decided it wasn’t worth keeping anymore. Sonos Removed the equivalent feature on iOS three years ago, when he said that “the way this feature was originally designed became invalid with newer versions of iOS and Sonos,” and that the company’s AirPlay support made it redundant.

The rationale sounds similar for Android. “As newer versions of mobile operating systems are released, it can sometimes change the way data is shared between devices, and this feature will no longer be compatible with newer versions of the Android operating system,” a Sonos representative wrote. in the company’s support forums.

With several Bluetooth-capable speakers currently on the market, and having expanded the line’s playback to the latest Era 100 and Era 300 products, Sonos thinks it has its basics covered with native files, even if they can’t be streamed to the platform. more than directly from Android. Remember that you can play music to a Roam or Era speaker via Bluetooth and then stream that sound to other Sonos speakers that are part of your system. But if you don’t want to lose any audio reliability, a line-in or NAS drive is your best bet.

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