Sonos Lovers Love Music From Your CDs
When we started ripping CDs the main “target” for our digital music files was Apple’s portable music player, the iPod. How times have changed over the last ten years. Although the iPod remains a popular device they’ve added the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Perhaps the most significant development has been the introduction of the Sonos range of music players. Initially people were opting for music players installed in their homes, more recently the portable, smaller units have become popular. Sonos have bought to us a new set of clients, often people who don’t have an iPod and just want high quality music for their homes.
How does Sonos CD ripping differ from iPod?
There’s not much difference but let’s run through some key factors. First, you can use MP3 plus other formats we can offer – AAC and Apple Lossless.
Which is the best format? Our 320 kbps MP3 files are great quality and unleash detail and richness you’ll love but increasingly people are opting for Apple Lossless because it does contain more data and therefore sounds a little better. With today’s low cost / high capacity hard drives the space overhead is no longer a factor.
Second, you need to copy the digital music files we’ll give you into a folder on your computer. You will need to ensure that the folder you load your music into (typically My Music) is the location your Sonos Controller program points to. Typically clients want to add new music at some time so you’ll need to install a music management program to support that. You can use Apple’s iTunes for that, even if you don’t have any other Apple products.
Once you’ve copied your music into your system Sonos will pick up the new tracks with its next library update. You can force an update but if you’ve got a few hundred CDs worth of music to find that’s going to take a while.
One final factor to take into account, that’s the need to keep your computer switched on. This might mean a noisy box humming away at inconvenient times. There’s a way round this by installing a NAS (network attached storage) which lets you put your music files onto a small box attached directly to you router. This enables you to switch off your PC but still enjoy music in your house.