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Wireless speaker company Sonos has long boasted about making products built to last, despite fast-evolving technology standards that sometimes render connected devices obsolete. Now, the Santa Barbara, California-based device maker has to abandon some of its older products.
Four of Sonos’s products are losing software support starting this May. These are some of the company's most aged speakers and accessories—products that were launched between 2006 and 2007. Technically, they’ve all been supported for the ten-plus-year timeframe that Sonos claims its audio products will last. Sonos also says its offering a trade-in program and recycling options for the obsolete goods.
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The four product lines losing software support in the spring are the original Zone Players (later sold under the names Connect and Connect: Amp); the very first Play:5 Sonos speaker; the CR200, a physical controller that preceded smartphone app control; and the Sonos Bridge, which was used to wirelessly connect Sonos speakers together before that ability was moved into the speakers themselves.
Sonos says these products have been stretched to their “technical limits” and that “over time, access to services and overall functionality will be disrupted, particularly as partners evolve their technology.” By some accounts, products like the Bridge or the CR200 may have already been half-functional, due to crashes or their inability to accept the latest software updates.
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The CR200 remote and the original Zone Player lineup are some of the Sonos products that will stop accepting software updates.
The upside is that Sonos says that the legacy speakers and amps should still work on the same network alongside more modern Sonos speakers. So if...
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