There’s good news and bad news for Beats Music and future Apple Music users alike. Apple has confirmed that the new music service will arrive for Sonos apps and speakers, but unfortunately not right away. It turns out integration won’t be ready in time for the big launch tomorrow, June 30, but the two companies are working together to bring Apple Music to Sonos as soon as possible.
The news first came in the form of a tweet, when a Twitter user mentioned that Apple Music team member Ian Rogers should try to persuade the team to essentially add Sonos support on the list of to-dos. Rogers replied that it’s in the works.
@jeffmc it will be ASAP, but not at launch
— ian c rogers (@iancr) June 25, 2015
Shortly after, Apple confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed that the two companies are “working together to make Apple Music available on Sonos before the end of the year.”
Apple to buzzfeed news: "we're working together to make #AppleMusic available on Sonos before the end of the year."
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) June 28, 2015
Despite the ongoing efforts for integration, the news probably doesn’t enthuse many Beats Music users. Since Beats Music is being killed off as Apple launches Apple Music, subscribers are going to have to put their Sonos listening on hold. Beats Music supports Sonos, but out of the gate, Apple Music will not.
If you’re unfamiliar with Sonos, it’s a product and service combination with a set of smart speakers and the Sonos app for wirelessly broadcasting music to play through them. The app supports a number of music and streaming services so you can combine your entire music library into one. For the time being, users of both Apple Music (or Beats Music) and Sonos are going to be hanging in limbo.
Apple Music makes its debut tomorrow at 8 a.m. PT or 11 a.m. ET. Don’t forget, the first three months are free so it’s worth signing up right at launch. And yes, you’ll be able to listen to Taylor Swift.