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Sonos brings Apple Music out of beta today

Sonos, the makers of high-end Wi-Fi speakers that everyone seems to love, opened up Apple Music integration to beta testers in December. Today, nearly eight months after its launch, Apple Music comes to all Sonos users.

When Apple and Sonos announced the beta integration, the companies said they were proceeding slowly to ensure the best possible experience. Offering early access to beta users was part of that process. Hundreds of thousands of Apple Music subscribers tested the service on their Sonos speakers.

“The feedback from Apple Music members on Sonos during the beta period has been great,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of software and services, said in a statement.

If you have Sonos speakers set up in your home, getting started with Apple Music streaming is easy: just open the Sonos app and choose “add music services.” Select Apple Music and log in. An Apple Music subscription or free trial is required to stream music from the service.

You’ll have access to almost every Apple Music feature: New, For You, My Music, and Radio, complete with a Sonos radio station. The only thing missing is Connect, the social feature artists use to share behind-the-scenes content. (But you won’t be missing much, to be honest.)

Why this matters: Sonos makes some of the best connected speakers around, including the new (and well-reviewed) $499 Play:5 model, and its support of Apple Music is essential if the streaming music service is going be a serious Spotify challenger. Beta testers have reported that the Apple Music experience on Sonos is a seamless one, which is good news for Apple—the last thing the company needs is another hiccup in its streaming service rollout.

Apple Music is available to stream through Sonos right now, so check it out and let us know how it stacks up to other streaming services.

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