Sonos has been aiming to make its speakers more useful by opening up its API to third-party developers, and IF This Then That (IFTTT) has been one of the first to jump on board.

Among the more useful things this enables is to allow smart home devices to trigger actions on your Sonos speakers. You could, for example, have Sonos stop playing music when you leave the home and resume playing when you return, triggered by your smart lock …

Other ready-made recipes already available include:

  • Pause audio when you answer a phone call
  • Turn down the music when someone rings your Ring or SkyBell doorbell
  • Stop all music if your Nest smoke detector alarm goes off
  • Stop music when your Uber arrives

But you can of course create your own as well, as Sonos suggests.

Now you can have Sonos start your favorite radio station when your Ring-enabled door unlocks after you get home, or play your special pizza song (you do have a special pizza song, don’t you?) when your Domino’s order goes out for delivery. Having a party? Set your lights and your music using Phillips Hue.

Actions available from your Sonos devices include basic playback control, pause/resume/next/previous, and volume controls (up, down, mute and unmute). You can start playing a pre-defined Sonos Favorite or song, album and artist playlist.

Sonos also started supporting Alexa’s intercom-style feature last month.

Less happily, the market wasn’t pleased with the company’s first ever earnings report since it went public last month. Sonos announced revenue down 6% year-on-year, and CNET reports that the share price fell as much as 15% in pre-market trading.

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