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Sonos Playback in Alexa Routine

  • 6 April 2019
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Adding music to a wake-up routine, trying to get the playback device or "Alexa will respond from" to be my Sonos speakers, but only see Amazon devices available for selection. Only other choice is to respond from "the device you speak to," but that throws an error when the routine executes and no music plays from my Sonos. Thoughts?
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Best answer by Blue Hornet 6 July 2019, 12:05

Ok, just remembered the answer. In the routine select "Music" then add the song or station and add "On your Sonos speaker name" so in my case, it says "Soma FM Groove Salad On Lounge" without the quotes. Then I select Tune In as my provider.
The reason this wasn't working for me earlier is that the radio station I was trying to use was "Dark Side Lounge on Lounge" for some reason Echo does not like the word "Lounge" in my station name, probably because it is the same name as my speaker 😀
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Hi

At this moment in time, Sonos devices can call Alexa Routines but can't be included within the Actions of the Routine. You could use IFTTT and the Applet to play a Sonos Favorite as an alternative.
The answer is incorrect. I've had this working for the last twelve months. I'm only here because I just changed my routine to play a different station from tune in and it is now playing on the Echo. The routine says "play on..." But I now cannot edit which device to play this station on. Are you suggesting that an Alexa update has removed this feature?
Ok, just remembered the answer. In the routine select "Music" then add the song or station and add "On your Sonos speaker name" so in my case, it says "Soma FM Groove Salad On Lounge" without the quotes. Then I select Tune In as my provider.
The reason this wasn't working for me earlier is that the radio station I was trying to use was "Dark Side Lounge on Lounge" for some reason Echo does not like the word "Lounge" in my station name, probably because it is the same name as my speaker 😀
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The answer is incorrect. I've had this working for the last twelve months. I'm only here because I just changed my routine to play a different station from tune in and it is now playing on the Echo. The routine says "play on..." But I now cannot edit which device to play this station on. Are you suggesting that an Alexa update has removed this feature?
Hi Blue Hornet

Where are you located, the ability to select a Sonos Device is not available in the UK.
See my next answer. I am in the UK and it is working fine.
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That's interesting, I don't have the option "On your Sonos speaker name"
It is not an "Option" - as explained, you just add the speaker name to the end of the station name.
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It is not an "Option" - as explained, you just add the speaker name to the end of the station name.
I didn't know this was available, thank you for this. 🙂
Not all heroes wear capes, Blue Hornet. Thanks for the answer, I’ve got it working on my set now!!
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The trick also worked for me (I'm in Canada). However Alexa still says "Audio actions in routines are currently not supported on this device" before the music starts playing on my Sonos One. Is there also a workaround for that? 🙂

Genius!  Thank you!

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