Until today none of Microsoft’s music services, Zune, Xbox Music or Groove could connect to a set of Sonos speakers for wireless playback. This morning the Groove Music team finally put an end to that streak. As of right now, owners of Sonos speaker systems can finally use their wireless network to listen to their songs.
Microsoft announced that Groove Music and Sonos work together this morning on the Windows Blog. Microsoft’s failure to integrate with Sonos was one of its biggest liabilities back when Xbox Music was the name of its media player and subscription service. Microsoft says that non-DRM content and music downloaded through Groove Music Pass will work just fine. Sonos offers a half-dozen different speaker systems. The Play1 is its cheapest at $199. To listen to the tracks they already own users need to upload their songs to their Music folder on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service.