Originally Posted by Superman07
Plus, as AustinGerry said, nothing is going to stop working.
Nothing is going to stop working YET. Now that brick mode is built into the FW, there’s nothing stopping Sonos from sending an email to the tune of, “we’re ending support for your product, you have six months to upgrade or else we proactively brick it” in order to drive new sales.
I don’t think your PC analogy is a good fit. PCs keep getting faster/higher capacity and applications programmers take advantage of that with abandon. So you periodically need to refresh your platform if you don’t feel like waiting 5 minutes for Word to open.
I’ve had 7 Zone Players since they came out in the early 2000s. They do exactly what I want, play music. Until the industry switches en masse to some future high-performance codec that my hardware can’t support, it’ll continue to do its job.
I also agree to some extent that brick mode is “bad for the environment”. There is a huge secondary market for used Sonos gear on eBay & elsewhere. I may have been the beneficiary of a bricked unit I purchased on eBay a few weeks ago. I couldn’t get it to go into factory reset mode to add it to my system, so it went back.
One other thing to understand is that when you agree to Recycle Mode, Sonos doesn’t ask for the unit back. That’s the purpose of bricking it. So we do know that Sonos isn’t disposing of these, environmentally-friendly or otherwise. That’s on you.