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Sonos is doubling down on its previously disclosed inclination to drop support for older products that aren't profitable to support.
The Internet-of-Things speaker biz said on Tuesday that it will stop providing software updates for some legacy gear in May – some of which are barely five years old. The cessation of service doesn't have any immediate consequences but it dooms older devices to stasis, insecurity, and potential incompatibility as software from Sonos or its partners change.
Caveat - Customers - Mix - Legacy - Sonos
There is one caveat: customers with a mix of legacy and modern Sonos gear won't be able to run both together once a future update moves modern kit to a new version of the Sonos software. So legacy gear will have to be quarantined on its own network, a capability Sonos intends to facilitate shortly.
Affected products include its original Zone Players (released in 2006), Connect, and Connect:Amp (sold between 2011 and 2015), its first-generation Play:5 (released in 2009), C200 (released 2009), and Bridge (released 2007).
Today - Sonos - Experience - Relies - Ecosystem
"Today the Sonos experience relies on an interconnected ecosystem, giving you access to more than 100 streaming services, voice assistants, and control options like Apple AirPlay 2," the company said in a blog post.
"Without new software updates, access to services and overall functionality of your sound system will eventually be disrupted, particularly as partners evolve their technology."
Phrase - Hint - Disruption - Company - Filings
The phrase "will eventually be disrupted" offers no hint of who might be responsible for said disruption. But the company's recent financial filings explain that Sonos itself has planned for the obsolescence of its products and the discontent of customers.
"We expect that in the near term, this backward compatibility will no longer be practical or cost-effective, and...
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