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Infuriating Issues with Alexa and Apple Music


When using Alexa with Apple Music I’m randomly experiencing songs in either albums or playlists either getting entirely skipp

ed or stopping partway through the track. If I look in the iOS app I see an “Unable to play ‘[track name]’ - it is encoded using an unsupported digital rights management system” error being displayed. 

This never happens if I initiate the same music through the Sonos app or through the iOS Music app (via AirPlay). It plays completely reliable then. 

I hate using an app to initiate music—Alexa is much easier, but it’s become unreliable enough that I’m starting to not trust it. Sometimes I can make the behavior go away for a few weeks or a couple months by powering down and then restarting my entire Sonos system, my WiFi router, and my cable mobile. But it’s infuriating to have to do this, and the problem eventually starts again. 

Does anyone have any insight here? 

 

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Best answer by Corry P 10 June 2021, 11:02

Hi @Scott F 

Thanks for your post!

That’s a strange one, to be sure.

You could try removing Apple Music from both Sonos and Alexa and adding back to both again.

If that doesn’t help, I recommend you get in touch with our technical support team, who have tools at their disposal that will allow them to give you advice specific to your Sonos system and what it reports.

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Sounds to me like WiFi interference or network problems. What router are you using? What internet speeds are you getting? Are you able to connect any of your Sonos speakers (not surround speakers) directly to the router with an ethernet cable?

Read about reducing WiFi interference here:
https://support.sonos.com/s/article/3286?language=en_US

 

I appreciate the response, but, respectfully, I highly doubt that’s the issue. The same music plays perfectly, with no interruption, if I use the apps to initiate. It’s always when I’m using Alexa. 

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Hi @Scott F 

Thanks for your post!

That’s a strange one, to be sure.

You could try removing Apple Music from both Sonos and Alexa and adding back to both again.

If that doesn’t help, I recommend you get in touch with our technical support team, who have tools at their disposal that will allow them to give you advice specific to your Sonos system and what it reports.

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