July 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

8Tracks Comes To Sonos Home Music System


To promote its availability on Sonos, 8tracks launched a contest that asks you to create the ultimate house party mixes for various rooms; winners get two Sonos S3s each.

For those who have yet to experience it firsthand, the allure of Sonos’ home digital music systems is easy to miss. Can’t you just plug your iPhone into a dock and be done with it, or connect a $99 Airport Express to your stereo?

Yes, of course you can, and it works pretty well — but if you’re a heavy music listener, and you live in a home of some kind, Sonos really does improve the experience significantly, by making it easy to listen to music from the cloud or your computers all over the house, controlling it with any of your devices. And if you walk out the door, the music continues to play, because the Sonos box itself is grabbing the music, instead of your computer or phone, whose connections and processors are freed up for other tasks.

With that out of the way, on to the (hardly earth-shattering) news: Sonos just added support for 8tracks, the playlist sharing service.

8tracks doesn’t let you make playlists that you yourself can listen to, due to licensing restrictions, but that’s fine for our purposes here; Sonos offers support for all kinds of services that let you make your own playlists, and even cloud lockers like Amazon.

“Sonos Customers will be able to listen to radio-style playlists for any mood or occasion, from every genre and country, putting a great music discovery experience on the internet into every room of the home,” emailed Sonos spokesman Eric Nielsen. “In celebration of the launch we are hosting the ‘House Party Mix Challenge‘ — a competition to create the ultimate house party mix. Listeners are invited to create their best mix for a house party, tailored to their party area of choice — living room, bedroom or backyard. Listeners vote for the best mix, and winners from each category will receive a pair of SONOS PLAY:3 wireless music systems.”

After today’s addition of 8tracks, Sonos supports the following:

  • 7Digital
  • 8tracks
  • Amazon Cloud Player
  • Aupeo
  • Batanga
  • DAR.fm
  • Hearts of Space
  • iHeartRadio
  • Last.fm
  • MOG
  • Murfie
  • Pandora
  • Rdio
  • Rhapsody
  • Sirius XM
  • Slacker
  • Songza
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • TuneIn
  • Wolfgang’s Vault
  • m

    You can listen to your own playlists…they just randomize the order in which each song plays because of licensing restrictions.

  • http://sampledandsorted.com davidporter

    Just to clarify: you CAN listen to your own playlists as a DJ, without randomization. DJs upload their own music from a hard drive and/or pick from SoundCloud, so there’s no licensing restrictions.

    The randomization happens when any listener tunes in a second or subsequent time.

  • http://sampledandsorted.com davidporter

    And thanks for the coverage, Eliot!

  • Aleksander H

    You forgot to put WiMP on your list of supported services (although not supported in the US).

  • Tony Walker

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