Originally Posted by hugh
I have Rdio and Sonos so am curious what the pros and cons of Google Play over Rdio is for Sonos users.
The Sonos integration with Google Play Music (GPM) is actually better than Rdio because you can control the streams from both the GPM app in addition to the Sonos app.
I tested the "Direct play" feature that is listed in the above advert. I was concerned that it would be doing some sort of AirPlay configuration where your device would be constantly streaming the music over WiFi (thus lowering the battery life of your mobile device), but it doesn't. It's actually telling your Sonos Zone Player to go get the file you requested on its own - just like the Sonos app does.
I also like the GPM UI better than the Sonos app (even the new one currently in beta) for browsing music.
So, I'm switching because:
1. Fantastic Sonos integration
2. 20% lower monthly price
3. It also has a "cloud locker" where I can put my audiobooks and access them anywhere when I'm out and about.
The only con that I currently see is that GPM isn't as cross platform as Rdio. Specifically, it's unlikely that they'll ever support Windows Phone (since Google seems to be interested in "locking out" that platform from its services like YouTube), and Google is not interested in making native apps for desktop operating systems which would allow for features like local caching on those platforms.
I don't know how the two music libraries compare, but I was able to find the stuff I typically listen to on Rdio without much effort.