How Sonos and Amazon Echo Learned to Talk to Each Other

The two companies announce a 'long-term strategic partnership.'

Matt Welch began hacking his Sonos internet-connected stereo system about two years ago, to make it easier for his wife to listen to the radio. One of his favorite creations was a software program that used the microphone on the family's Echo, Amazon's talking speaker, as a voice-control input for the Sonos. “Now she could walk into the room and say, ‘Sonos, play NPR,’” said Welch, a computer programmer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Building the program took him about a week. 

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