Here’s the problem with Internet of Things products like Sonos

I have a Sonos system in my house. I love it. But now that I’ve viewed this video, I might love it a little less.

The problem is a core bug of the whole Internet of Things concept. New and very expensive connected products (I’m thinking about that Samsung fridge with the big video screen in one of the doors that sells for $5,000 or that smart TV you got on boxing day) have a definite lifespan. It’s not the hardware that expires. It’s the software that powers it. And that’s a problem.

Before you shop for any IoT device, watch this video. It could end up saving you a ton of money.

(Thanks to Derek for the link.)

Alan Cross

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3 thoughts on “Here’s the problem with Internet of Things products like Sonos

  • I have two great old school stereos that I can send my networked music to. Some of my family has smart speakers that sound like shit. Some people obviously don’t care about music!

    • Software obsoleteing stuff is crappy, minimal IoT way to go. Previous comment old tech is best tech agree. Bluetooth and WIFI off grid best no IoT. Use IoT there is Home Assistant can be 100 percent off grid if you like.

  • Just get an aptx hd dongle for existing hifi and Roon.


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