At one time, one of the most popular ways to listen to music through your Sonos Home Audio system was to grab your iPod and dock it into the Sonos iPod dock. Back in 2010 Sonos launched the iPod dock to much fanfare, it was part of Apples “Made for iPod” line whereby consumer electronics companies got to pay huge fees to Apple for the privilege of letting people play their music on their own iPods, through their own sound systems.
The idea behind the iPod dock was a good one, at that time (barely less than a decade ago) almost everyone who listened to digital music had to be doing so on an MP3 player of some kind or an Apple iPod, the iPod was the most popular device and iTunes was a popular way to collect music.
By plugging your iPod into the dock you could - using the SONOS controller (remember them) select and choose any music from any docked iPod in your SONOS ecosystem. The problem with iPod docks (all of them) is that Apple are constantly changing interfaces, plugs, adaptors and software so eventually they just stop working properly.
Most of the people still using a SONOS ipod dock in 2018 will be using it to run music off an old iPod they had lying about, it’s easier to store music on iTunes or use something like SPotify and stream directly from the cloud nowadays BUT some places don’t have internet, so an old ipod loaded up with your favourite music could still be useful, not for long though!
Sonos have decided they will stop supporting the iPod dock, essentially they are “Bricking” the device. Once the October update comes (In October) and is downloaded to your Sonos system firmware the iPod dock will simply cease to work. Sonos optimistically tell us in their press release (below) that the dock “can still be used as a charger for older Apple devices” Doesn’t seem a great tradeoff for people who are still using iPods docked in their Sonos though, you probably won’t hold up long without updating either with the amount of nagging that products do to get you to upgrade to the latest firmware nowadays.