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Sonos Hits 1 Million

Santa Barbara Company Makes Wireless Music Systems


A South Coast-based wireless music systems manufacturer said this week it is streaming music in more than 1 million rooms around the world.

Founded in 2002, Sonos began shipping wireless music systems in 2005.

“Today’s milestone demonstrates loud and clear that music fans want a new way to listen to music in their homes,” Sonos Chief Executive Officer John MacFarlane said in a news release. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide this music experience to so many people around the globe, and we will continue to pursue our mission of filling every home with music.”

The Sonos Wireless HiFi System also provides free apps for Android smartphones, iPhones, and iPads to control all a user’s music from the comfort of their couch, or while dancing on the kitchen counter, company officials said.

The PLAY:3, the company’s newest all-in-one player, works horizontally and vertically and mounts on the wall for flexibility. It was called “the compact music system for the next decade” by Sound & Vision Magazine. CNN.com reported the “high-quality PLAY:3 can sing for people looking to outfit their homes for the Internet age of music.”

Sonos are products available at more than 6,000 retailers in some 65 countries worldwide. It is a privately held company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Hilversum, Netherlands; Shenzen, China; and Penang, Malaysia.

Breathe Easier

Inogen, Inc., a Santa Barbara-based oxygen therapy services provider, has acquired Breathe Oxygen Services, a home care respiratory services company near Nashville.

Inogen now will be able to increase its oxygen therapy patients throughout Tennessee, company officials said.

“We welcome the patients of Breathe Oxygen Services to the Inogen family and now are pleased to offer Inogen’s innovative products and services to all oxygen therapy patients in the state of Tennessee,” Inogen Chief Executive Officer Raymond Huggenberger said.

Inogen provides innovative products and services to increase independence for oxygen therapy patients. The company’s Inogen One medical oxygen concentrator is used for oxygen therapy at home and for travel, officials said. For long term oxygen therapy patients in Tennessee, the Inogen One could bring a new perspective to their therapy that eliminates the worry of running out of oxygen in traditional portable tanks, officials said.

The South Coast Biz Blog is a roundup of the latest business news in the Santa Barbara area and is written by Ray Estrada, who has covered business in the region for numerous publications over the past couple decades. See more at independent.com/biz and wordpress.com/southcoastbizblog.

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