How come Alexa can't play from the Apple Podcast skill on my Sonos smart speaker?
Best answer by Corry P
Currently, Apple Podcasts are not supported on Sonos
As an Amazon Echo (or similar) will use it’s Apple Podcast Skill to play podcasts, it just accesses your Apple account to play.
Alexa running on a Sonos device will ask Alexa servers (which parse your voice command) to pass a streaming link to the non-Alexa part of the speaker (the Sonos firmware), but as a Sonos device can’t access Apple Podcasts directly, the link doesn’t work and the speaker doesn’t play.
Essentially, Sonos is willing to play anything our music partners allow us to play. I would suggest you get in touch with Apple and give them some feedback on this matter - the more people who do so, they more likely they are to action such a change.
Similarly, Amazon decide what Skills are viable on 3rd-party devices running Alexa, such as Sonos speakers. Having said that, if Apple separate Apple Music and Apple Podcasts (and the two apps would suggest they do) a Sonos speaker would still need access to the Apple Podcast servers before Alexa’s Apple Podcast skill would work.