Sonos adds Audible, Apple Lossless support

Sonos Inc. has announced the release of Sonos software version 1.3, an updated version of the software that drives its multi-room audio system. The update provides support for audio files downloaded from Audible.com, and also supports files that have been encoded using Apple Lossless. It’s a free update for existing users.

The Sonos Digital Music System enables you to distribute digital music throughout your home. The key to the system is the ZonePlayer, a device that works on a wired or wireless computer network and interfaces with the music library stored on your Mac, PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS) system, and the Sonos Controller, a color LCD remote control that provides you with the ability to control your music by viewing title, track and artist information, build and manage playlists and more.

Earlier this week, Sonos introduced the ZP80, a new version of its ZonePlayer that works with existing amplified speaker systems.

Other enhancements to the new release include the display of full-screen album art on the Sonos Controller and more detailed track information, fixed line-out support, support for “Hidden Zone Mode,” 128-bit AES encryption and more.

In addition to Audible.com’s .aa files and Apple Lossless, the Sonos Digital Music System supports WMA, unencrypted AAC, MPEG-4, MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA streaming audio and Rhapsody 3.1 audio files.

The Sonos system does not support AAC files that have been encrypted using FairPlay, the Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology employed by Apple in its iTunes Music Store — because of that, Sonos is unable to support Audible files that have been downloaded through the iTunes Music Store.

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