Sonos—the audio brand primarily known for its line of wireless multi-room speakers, music streaming devices, and smart speakers—announced today that it plans to drop support for several of its oldest devices in May, 2020.
The full list of deprecated devices is:
Sonos Connect and Connect:Amp (includes all versions released 2006 between 2015)
Sonos CR200 controller
First-generation Sonos Play:5 (first released in 2009)
And all Zone Player devices
According to Sonos’ official blog post, you’ll still be able to use these products as you have been—at least for the foreseeable future—but they will no longer receive firmware or software updates after May. You won’t see any new features show up, nor expanded compatibility with any devices or apps that are not already supported—which makes sense, considering many of these devices are between pushing 10-15 years old.
However, Sonos is offering its customers a special discount on new speakers if they recycle their old devices.
Users can opt any of their Sonos devices into the company’s Trade Up program, which grants up to 30 per cent off your next Sonos purchase. As part of this, you’ll put your old device(s) into “Recycle Mode,” which wipes all data after 21 days (or immediately, if you prefer) and renders them unusable. This technically ensures your data is protected and makes the devices more ready to be “e-cycled,” but it’s irreversible, so make sure you’re committed to buying a new speaker and recycling the old one before going this route.