Sonos has announced that its speakers now work with Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless audio protocol.
This means that music or sound from any iOS app that supports AirPlay 2 and is running on an iOS device, can now be streamed directly to Sonos’ supported speakers, including content like music, podcasts, audiobooks and more.
Sonos says that the update is currently rolling out now to supported speakers, including the Sonos Beam, the Sonos One and the Playbase, as well as the second-generation Play:5 speakers. It’s also possible to group an older Sonos speaker with an AirPlay compatible Sonos speaker in order to take advantage of AirPlay 2.
Sonos’ speakers currently support Amazon’s Alexa and will be updated in the future to include Google Assistant support as well, according to the company. This means that you’ll be able to use Alexa to pause, skip tracks or ask what content is currently playing on the speaker, even with Apple Music.
That said, you won’t be able to ask Siri to play Apple Music specific content through a Sonos speaker. It’s also now possible to pair Apple’s HomePod with the Sonos One. If you have a multi-room set up that, for example, features two HomePods and two Sonos One speakers, you could use Siri (via the HomePod) to play music across all connected audio devices.
We’ll have more on AirPlay 2 in the coming weeks, including a guide outlining how to connect the HomePod and Sonos One speakers for simultaneously playback.