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How to Play ALAC Files on WD MyCloud with Sonos

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Introduction

Sonos is a home sound system of Wi-Fi connected speakers, that lets you listen to anything you want, wherever you want.

Both Sonos and Western Digital have released updates to their hardware, allowing you to connect your Sonos devices to your WD MyCloud Home.

This guide will explain about to connect your MyCloud drive to your Sonos devices.

The my cloud app selection in the sonos app

1 Perform Update

On iOS or Android:

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
    Sonos app icon.  
  2. In the lower right-hand corner of the app, select More.
    Sonos app highlighting the more button. 
  3. Then, select Settings.
    Sonos app more menu highlighting the settings option.  
  4. Then, select Online Updates.
    Sonos app settings menu highlighting the online updates option. 
  5. Your Sonos Controller app will then begin searching for available updates.
    Sonos app checking for updates screen. 
  6. The result will be shown on-screen. If updates are available, you will be given the option to install. Select Let's Do This to begin installation. If no updates are available, your Sonos system is already up-to-date.
    Sonos app results of update check screen. 

Sonos Controller for Mac or PC:

  1. From the Sonos menu (Mac), or Manage menu (PC), click Check for Updates.
    • On a Mac, the Sonos menu can be found in the toolbar in the top left corner of the screen.
    • On a PC, the Manage menu is found at the top left of the Sonos application.

2 Add WD MyCloud Home to Sonos

Adding music services on the Sonos system is similar across all devices. This guide will show you how to do it on smartphones and cover briefly the differences on how to do it on computers as well.
  1. Open up the menu from the top left corner of the screen.
    Placement of menu symbol in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  2. Select Add Music Services.
    Menu in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
    If you're using the Sonos Controller for computers, you can find the same option in the source browser on the right side of the screen.
    Music source selection  in Sonos Controller for computers
  3. Search for the music service you want to add and tap on it.
    WD within the Sonos app
  4. Tap on Add Account.
    Sonos add to account
  5. Sign In with your My Cloud Home account.
    Sonos asking for WD account
  6. Tap Authorize.
    Sonos app asking for authorization
  7. Enter your account information and tap Log In.
    Sonos app showing the WD log on
  8. Tap the green check.
    Sonos green check
  9. Setup is now complete.
    Sonos app showing successful connection

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Sonos is a home sound system of Wi-Fi connected speakers, that lets you listen to anything you want, wherever you want.

Both Sonos and Western Digital have released updates to their hardware, allowing you to connect your Sonos devices to your WD MyCloud Home.

This guide will explain about to connect your MyCloud drive to your Sonos devices.

The my cloud app selection in the sonos app

On iOS or Android:

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
    Sonos app icon.  
  2. In the lower right-hand corner of the app, select More.
    Sonos app highlighting the more button. 
  3. Then, select Settings.
    Sonos app more menu highlighting the settings option.  
  4. Then, select Online Updates.
    Sonos app settings menu highlighting the online updates option. 
  5. Your Sonos Controller app will then begin searching for available updates.
    Sonos app checking for updates screen. 
  6. The result will be shown on-screen. If updates are available, you will be given the option to install. Select Let's Do This to begin installation. If no updates are available, your Sonos system is already up-to-date.
    Sonos app results of update check screen. 

Sonos Controller for Mac or PC:

  1. From the Sonos menu (Mac), or Manage menu (PC), click Check for Updates.
    • On a Mac, the Sonos menu can be found in the toolbar in the top left corner of the screen.
    • On a PC, the Manage menu is found at the top left of the Sonos application.
Adding music services on the Sonos system is similar across all devices. This guide will show you how to do it on smartphones and cover briefly the differences on how to do it on computers as well.
  1. Open up the menu from the top left corner of the screen.
    Placement of menu symbol in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  2. Select Add Music Services.
    Menu in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
    If you're using the Sonos Controller for computers, you can find the same option in the source browser on the right side of the screen.
    Music source selection  in Sonos Controller for computers
  3. Search for the music service you want to add and tap on it.
    WD within the Sonos app
  4. Tap on Add Account.
    Sonos add to account
  5. Sign In with your My Cloud Home account.
    Sonos asking for WD account
  6. Tap Authorize.
    Sonos app asking for authorization
  7. Enter your account information and tap Log In.
    Sonos app showing the WD log on
  8. Tap the green check.
    Sonos green check
  9. Setup is now complete.
    Sonos app showing successful connection