SONOS

SONOS & macOS Catalina

Apple has removed iTunes on macOS Catalina and replaced the music library part by a Music app. The iTunes ‘backend’ files like the Library.itl file to keep track of play counts, star ratings, and other metadata and a couple of .itdb database files to keep track of Genius playlists are no longer used. Moreover, album artwork is no longer kept, like the songs, in its own folder. If you store your music library on a (Synology) NAS you may run into issues since Music no longer creates automatically the .xml files where your playlists are recorded. You can manually export the library and playlists and store it in the music folder on the NAS, however SONOS is unable to read the content and extract the playlists. Other applications like VLC and Logitech Media Player (LMS) are still able to read these XML files, generated by the new Music app. It looks like Apple is drifting apart and is only focusing on its Apple Music streaming service. iPhone synchronisation within the Music app is missing (unless you subscribe to Apple Music) and done with Finder. Users like me, who want to listen to their locally (NAS) stored files without any need for an Internet connection will need to think about a plan B (i.e. no Apple Music).

Plan B for me is to use the ‘Export for iTunes‘ tool. This macOS Catalina compatible programme is able to read the Music app playlists and copies all files to the Synology NAS and exports the playlists to .m3u type playlists. SONOS version 10.6 software is able to read these playlists and to find all files on the NAS. You will find the content in the SONOS controller’s Imported Playlists. Once the playlists are displayed in the Imported Playlists, you can add them to the SONOS playlists. The ‘Export for iTunes‘ (Version 1.9.73 (1.9.733)) tool has many features to rename and convert your music files and allows you to copy the files in a new folder structure by artist, by album etc.

The main settings that do the job for me are:

ASCII encoding to make sure that SONOS can read all Artist and Song names with accents.

Windows path separator.

SONOS

SONOS & Synology

Synology DSM 6.2.2. settings that do the job for me

File Services settings:
Minimum SMB protocol: SMB1

Login settings:
Guest account with only read permissions to the music library folder(s).

SONOS Music Library settings:
Music folder path: \\synologyNASname\SharedfolderName\MusicLibraryFolderName
SONOS will convert the path name to //synologyNASname/SharedfolderName/MusicLibraryFolderName

SONOS

SONOS Beam

 

Four full-range woofers and one tweeter create a crisp and clear dialogue with faithful playback of mid-range vocal frequencies plus deep, rich bass.

Five Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.

One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. Wi-Fi network with any 802.11 b/g/n router.

AirPlay compatible. HDMI ARC support or Optical Audio. Amazon Alexa voice control built-in.

AUDIO STREAMER supports MP3, WMA Internet radio streams and iTunes libraries (Apple Protected audio files are not supported).

For help on radio streams read my post on streaming URLs.

Superior sound quality. Easy set up. Works well with Spotify and iTunes libraries.

No native Bluetooth® support. Needs use of Tablet, Smartphone, PC or Mac Applet to operate. Automatic update of MacOS Sonos Controler App may not work properly.

SONOS

SONOS One

Sonos One

One mid-woofer and one tweeter ensures you’ll hear the faithful playback of mid-range vocal frequencies plus deep, rich bass.

Two Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.

One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. Wi-Fi network with any 802.11 b/g, 2.4 GHz router.

AUDIO STREAMER supports MP3, WMA Internet radio streams and iTunes libraries (Apple Protected audio files are not supported).

AirPlay 2 compatible. Amazon Alexa voice control built-in.

For help on radio streams read my post on streaming URLs.

Superior sound quality. Easy set up. Works well with Spotify and iTunes libraries.

No native Bluetooth® support. Needs use of Tablet, Smartphone, PC or Mac Applet to operate. Automatic update of MacOS Sonos Controler App may not work properly.

Radio streaming URLs

Radio streaming URLs are used by audio streamers and may change over time.

Logitech’s Squeezebox and SONOS CONNECT:AMP support the TuneIn app which offers a wide choice of radio stations. MP3 is the most common and most compatible audio format but also AAC, a hi quality format, is used. You can browse for a radio station and save the URL in your streamer’s favourites. However, after a while the station may no longer work for various reasons:

  • the station is no longer available in a compatible stream for your device,
  • it has become inactive or
  • it may become unavailable at the broadcaster’s request, due to geographical restrictions, or commercial reasons.

In case of doubt, go to the TuneIn’s web site and search for the radio station to check if it is still supported by a TuneIn URL or it has been discontinued.

If the radio station has been discontinued by TuneIn, you will need to add the URL manually to your audio streamer.

Beware of the accepted audio formats (mp3, wma, and AAC) and the playlist file extensions (m3u and pls). Sonos devices play streams in mp3, wma, and AAC formats. Pls file extensions work on Squeezebox devices.

Check out the radio station’s website for the most up to date URLs. If the URL is not published, you may find it on listenlive.eu, Radiostreams or look at my short list of favourite stations and URLs that work well on my devices:

VRT-radio and RTBF-radio stations are currently not available on TuneIn

read here the VRT announcement in Dutch

read here the RTBF announcement in French

VRT-radio streamingslinks

New Radio Streamingslinks since August 31, 2107.

RTBF-radio streamingslinks

Classic 21

https://www.static.rtbf.be/radio/classic21/m3u/classic21-aac.pls

https://www.static.rtbf.be/radio/classic21/m3u/classic21-aac.m3u

https://www.static.rtbf.be/radio/classic21/m3u/classic21-mp3.m3u

https://www.static.rtbf.be/radio/classic21/m3u/classic21-mp3.pls

FIP radio (France)

( http://direct.fipradio.fr/live/fip-midfi.mp3 )

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SONOS CONNECT:AMP

sonosampSONOS CONNECT:AMP

AMPLIFIER Class-D. Rated output 110W RMS (2x55W)

2-port switch (10/100Mbps, auto MDI/MDIX)

AUDIO STREAMER supports MP3, WMA Internet radio streams and iTunes libraries (Apple Protected audio files are not supported).

For help on radio streams read my post on streaming URLs.

Easy set up. Works well with Spotify and iTunes libraries.
Works well with SonoPad for Sonos, the alternative Controler App that still supports iOS 9 devices.

No support for IR remotes. Needs use of Tablet, Smartphone, PC or Mac Applet to operate. Automatic update of MacOS Sonos Controler App may not work properly. No native Bluetooth® support.

Works well with Philips AEA2700 Bluetooth® HiFi-adapter connected to the Line-In.

Works well with Monitor Audio Radius 90HD speakers and the R360HD active subwoofer.

iTunes library notes (iTunes 12.x):

The (imported) playlists may appear duplicated; in that case remove all (xml) library files in the iTunes directory except the ‘iTunes Library.xml’ and update the Sonos music library (‘Manage’ menu, ‘Update Music Library Now’).

If after the Music Library update process no imported playlists appear, you may need to re-generate the xml library. More details on the iTunes library files can be found on the Apple support pages.