Spotify for Sonos
We're massive fans of Spotify at Expert Reviews. Of all the music streaming services we've seen, it's the easiest to use, has the best quality and the best selection of music. However, we've had one minor problem with it: it's designed for personal listening, rather than having music everywhere in your house.
With the latest update of Sonos, due at the end of September, this minor niggle is a thing of the past, as you'll be able to play Spotify music anywhere in your home. Provided you have a Spotify Premium account (£10 a month), you just configure your Sonos system to add the music service, which appears in the main Music menu of your controller.
Spotify will work on every single ZonePlayer, including the original models and the fantastic new ZonePlayer S5. Music can be controlled from every controller, including the old CR100 click-wheel device, the iPhone and new iPad apps, and Sonos's own CR200 touchscreen controller.
Accessing the Spotify service through Sonos gives you access to any Spotify playlists you've created, plus your starred tracks. You can also search for music by Artist, Album or Track, just as you can with any of the Spotify apps. However, the Sonos search interface is arguably better, as it updates in real-time, as you type. It's incredibly fast and makes finding your music really quick.
It has to be said that the touchscreen controllers are the best option, as they give you an on-screen keyboard, which makes it easier to search for tracks. Using the CR100, it's a real pain to have to use the keyboard with the click-wheel, although it's still a decent device for using pre-created playlists.