AllPlay en-GB Panasonic and Qualcomm team up to take down Sonos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AllPlay makes Panasonic&#039;s multi-room system more open than most </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic SC-ALL8" alt="Panasonic SC-ALL8" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While many have previously dabbled, 2014 seems to be the year that every major manufacturer makes a concerted effort to take on Sonos in the multi-room music streaming domain. No, we&rsquo;re not sure why it&rsquo;s taken this long either.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plays well with others </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are three players in the system - two all-in-one units (SC-ALL8 and SC-ALL3) and a connector for adding existing music systems (SH-ALL1C) - and one added bonus of AllPlay is that any other device with the tech built-in will also play nice with Panasonic&rsquo;s players.</p> <p>Panasonic&rsquo;s approach appears to be two-pronged. On the one hand you can stream to any one of the units directly from a music streaming app such as Spotify (presumably through Bluetooth), but to take advantage of the Party Mode that sends music to multiple speakers simultaneously you need to use the dedicated Panasonic Music Streaming App.</p> <p>What you can play via the second method will depend on specific partnerships being put together, but with AllPlay already having Spotify and Napster on-board it&rsquo;s off to a strong start.</p> <p>Will that be enough to tempt everyone away from Sonos? How about Samsung&rsquo;s system, which boasts a bigger family of devices and will be the first to take Spotify Connect multi-room? We&rsquo;re looking forward to finding out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="" target="_blank">Sonos might finally have a proper rival - and it&#39;s Samsung</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic SH-ALL1C" alt="Panasonic SH-ALL1C" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic SC-ALL3" alt="Panasonic SC-ALL3" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AllPlay Hi-Fi & Streaming Panasonic Qualcomm Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:04:57 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434212 at