If you are currently using a Sonos Dock you should not apply (or allow to be applied) Sonos’ upcoming software update in October. If you do apply the update, your Dock will no longer connect to your Sonos network.
Introduced only eight years ago, the Sonos Dock provided a way to play music direct from Apple devices to Sonos speakers without the need of a wireless connection or the Sonos app. However, if you apply the upcoming October software update, your Dock will no longer connect to Sonos to play music (although it will still charge compatible Apple devices).
The reason for the change, according to Sonos is that supporting the Dock within the modern Sonos system is no longer sustainable. ‘Today, many of the devices with which the Dock was originally designed to work are no longer supported by Apple,’ says Sonos. ‘We support Sonos products for as long as possible; however, supporting the Dock within the modern Sonos system is no longer sustainable.’
Sonos suggests that you play music contained on your Apple devices by using the line input on compatible Sonos products, such as the Play:5, Connect, and Connect:Amp.
If you choose to retain your Sonos Dock’s functionality by not applying the October update (or any future updates) Sonos warns that: ‘Failing to keep your Sonos software current may impact your ability to enjoy the full benefits of Sonos.’
(When it was released in 2010, the Sonos Dock was compatible with the iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone.)
For more information, contact Sonos Australia