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Aether discontinued operations and is no longer in a position to keep everything up and running. In addition, the Rdio service has also shutdown which impacts the Cone’s functionality. For these reasons, Aether’s servers have shut down, eliminating most functionality of the Cone, including voice commands, Rdio streaming music and song recommendation.

To mitigate these issues, the Aether Team developed a final software update that will change the device so that it will be able to continue to operate as a standalone Bluetooth / Airplay speaker. This electronic update adds Spotify Connect functionality. Spotify Connect is a feature available to Spotify Premium subscribers for playing music natively on their Cones. You can find full details at https://www.spotify.com/connect - but Spotify's service does not support voice requests, Internet Radio, Podcasts or multi-Cone linking, so these functions will no longer be available once your Cone updates. Since Spotify Connect is controlled exclusively through the Spotify App, the Aether Mobile App has been removed and will no longer function. The Spotify App provides all the same remote control features as the Cone app when using Spotify Connect.

This update was deployed on December 12, 2015. If your Cone did not receive this update, please follow the instructions below to manually apply it. Once updated, voice commands, Rdio streaming music, song recommendation and other functionality will no longer work.

To update your Cone's firmware manually, perform the following steps

Download and save the firmware file found here: FRM000104.03.01.0013.morse

  1. Press and hold volume -
  2. Press and release play/pause three times. The lights should flash ( ) white.
  3. On your computer/tablet/phone connect to a WiFi network that starts with 'Aether Cone'
  4. Once connected, open a web browser and enter the following URL http://192.168.226.1
  5. Click 'About This Cone' button
  6. Click 'Update' or the button on the line that says firmware
  7. Click 'Choose File' and select file to upload.
  8. Click 'UPLOAD'
  9. When upload is finished and firmware is installed you will see a green confirmation screen.
  10. Turn your Cone off and then on again. Once it reboots, the new firmware will be installed.

After completing these steps, to verify that you have the last firmware version, perform steps 1-5, and make sure Version says "FRM000104.03.01.0013".

Bluetooth Pairing mode

  1. Press and hold volume +
  2. Press and release play/pause three times and the lights should flash ( ) blue
  3. On your computer/tablet/phone begin Bluetooth Scan / Pair mode according to its instructions.

WiFi setup or Rename Device

  1. Press and hold volume -
  2. Press and release play/pause three times
  3. On your computer/tablet/phone connect to a WiFi network that starts with 'Aether Cone'
  4. Once connected, open a web browser and enter the following URL http://192.168.226.1
  5. Click 'Configure This Cone' button if the button appears.
  6. Select your WiFi network from the selection and enter your WiFi password if needed.
  7. Choose a Device Name. This will be used for AirPlay and Spotify Connect.
  8. Click 'SUBMIT'

To use AirPlay Mode

  1. Perform the steps under 'WiFi Setup'
  2. Select the device on your phone/tablet/computer as the output speaker.

Physical Controls

When music is playing via Spotify Connect, Bluetooth or AirPlay, a dial turn will go next or back depending on the direction of the turn. The center button acts as play/pause.

Hard Reboot

Use the following hard reboot procedure if turning the power switch off and then on again doesn't resolve your issue. The hard reboot procedure does not wipe any settings.

  1. Plug the Cone into a power outlet and make sure the power cord is attached.
  2. Turn the power switch on.
  3. Pres and hold both Vol - and Vol + buttons for ~10 seconds until the lights flash red or white. Let go of the buttons.
  4. Your Cone will now reboot

Factory Data Reset

Use the following factory data reset procedure to remove all saved settings on the Cone. This includes WiFi and Bluetooth settings.

  1. Hold down the Vol - button and turn the dial left and right 7 times.
  2. You will see the lights flash red, amber or white.
  3. Let go of the buttons and turn the device off and then on again.
  4. If the Cone starts up and the lights are flashing a white () pattern, the reset was successful.
  5. Turn the Cone off. All data has been removed from it.