Sonos, a leading developer of wireless multi-room home music systems, has launched a new color touch-screen controller.

The Sonos Controller 200 (CR200) has a 3.5-inch screen featuring text and graphics relating to the music being played such as artist information and cover art. Further information -- such as artist biographies, album reviews, gig listings and similar artists -- can be found in the one-touch 'Info View' feature.

The CR200 is now available, retailing at $349 in the U.S. and £279 ($458) in the U.K. individually. Alternatively it can be purchased as part of a bundle for various prices. It is made of aluminium with a rubber backing, comes with a Sonos Charging Cradle 200 and is compatible with all existing and previously purchased Sonos Multi-Room Music System hardware.

"Finding and playing music all over the house needs to be so easy that anyone who walks into a home can pick up the controller and start playing DJ," said John MacFarlane, CEO at Sonos, Inc in a statement. "Sonos has applied our seven years of experience designing wireless music systems for hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 60 countries to deliver the most innovative and intuitive way to find, play and control music anywhere in the home."

By using wireless connection from SonosNet, Sonos' proprietary mesh network, the multi-room music system gives users access - depending on territory - to Napster, Rhapsody, Last.fm, Deezer, more than 25,000 podcasts and Internet radio stations such as Sirius Internet Radio, and personal music libraries.

Sonos has also released a 3.0 software update, which can be obtained for free from the Sonos Web site. A new Sonos Controller for the iPhone 3.0 will be available from the iTunes App Store after receiving approval from Apple Computer.

The Santa Barbara-based company launched its wireless multi-room system last August. In October, it announced free access to the aforementioned Internet streaming services as part of its 2.7 software update.

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