Bowers & Wilkins has launched a new music app that lets you control music across the entire B&W Formation product line. The B&W Music app works with Qobuz (including high resolution 24-bit 96kHz files), Tidal, TuneIn, Dash Radio (in select markets), NTS Radio, and SoundCloud. Other services will be added “in the coming months,” according to B&W.
Previously, the B&W Formation range recommended using Roon to control your music (or AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect), with the B&W Home app only offering the setup functionality. Now, just like the multi-room systems from Bluesound, Audio Pro and Sonos, there is a fully functional control app.
The B&W Music app bundles content from each streaming platform into a “sleek, easy-to-navigate interface”. It offers you tracks, albums, playlists and radio stations, to which B&W adds personalized recommendation features and a selection of Bowers & Wilkins playlists.
The Music app is now available on iOS and Android. Initially, it will work with the existing Bowers & Wilkins Home app, which will guide you on how to set up your Training device. But soon, the Music app will do the job of both, and the Home app will be phased out.
Following a managerial reshuffle at B&W, the company would like to point out that “the Training platform is 100% owned by Bowers & Wilkins”. B&W has also launched a recruiting wave with the aim of expanding its development resources and engineering team, which looks to be good news for us.
The Formation family is B&W’s take on a multi-room system. And it’s really very good. The Formation Wedge and Formation Duo both got five perfect stars in our reviews, while the Flex got four, still very respectable. They all offer AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth aptX HD for offline streaming from mobile devices, along with built-in support for Spotify Connect and Roon. They can also all be controlled with your voice using the Amazon Alexa personal assistant.
And now there’s a brand new music app, which seems to make Formation an even more engaging proposition.
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