Starting on December 15th, Apple Music users will be able to stream on-demand and radio music to Sonos’s wide range of connected home speakers, one of the most-requested features from both companies in recent months.
Available to all Apple Music users — even those who are currently using the service though its free three month trial — the functionality will launch as a public beta over iOS and Android, though users will initially need an iOS device to sign on.
The accompanying Sonos app will be required to queue up songs. With the exception of the social network-like Connect feature, all of Apple Music’s marquee features, including the “For You” curated playlists and Beats 1 radio station, will be available at launch.
This marks the first time Apple has partnered with a third-party hardware manufacturing to enable deep integration with Apple Music. Sonos recently launched its expensive though excellent Play:5 speaker, as well as Trueplay equalization functionality.