Sonos One Now Supports Many More Popular Alexa Skills


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I have an exciting message to share with everyone from our Alexa Voice team about what's new on Sonos with Alexa.


Six months ago, we proudly made Alexa available on Sonos giving the power of voice control to our existing users through Amazon Echo devices. With the launch of Sonos One, we built Alexa right into our speakers - giving customers a new way to fill their homes with music by bringing voice control into their whole Sonos system.

When we announced Sonos One and cemented our partnership with Amazon Alexa, we made a commitment to continue enhancing and bringing the best of Alexa to Sonos. The launch was just the beginning and our teams have continued working together to launch new features.

Today we’re excited to share that 20 of the most popular Alexa skills are now available with full support and amazing sound on Sonos One!


These are just a handful of new ways to enjoy Alexa on Sonos. Since launch we’ve made incredible strides together, bringing more music, Alexa skills, features and improvements to Sonos. Here’s a quick summary:
  • Shortly after launch we added full Spotify support, making it even more convenient to get your favorite playlists like Discover Weekly pumping in your home. Pro Tip: Make Spotify your default service in the Alexa app for even easier playback.
  • In November, we brought the popular Flash Briefing and Sports Update features to Sonos One. Configure your news sources and favorite sports teams directly in the Alexa app, then say “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing” to your Sonos One.
  • In time for those unwrapping Sonos for the holidays, we made the setup better and significantly improved Alexa’s responsiveness. That means she is more likely to respond when you need her to.
  • This year we’ve launched Alexa on Sonos support in several new countries. In addition to the US, UK, Germany, and Austria, Sonos with Alexa was also made available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with more countries to be announced. Our integration requires Alexa to be available in countries just prior to our launch so stay tuned for more global availability!

There are still many more desired Alexa features we’re bringing to the home sound system. We have a deep commitment toward building the premium listening experience, but some Alexa features will require more time to bring to Sonos. This often means that features remain off of our speakers until we get it right. Our clear focus has been to bring music and listening features sooner while other complimenting Alexa features will take longer to arrive.

We know that our user community appreciates the unparalleled sound quality, the uninterrupted experience and enjoyment of streaming music throughout their home. We don’t want to do anything to jeopardize this. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll continue releasing more skills and features truly optimized for the premium, Alexa-enabled Sonos experience.

We want to thank our community for giving us feedback, helping us focus on the most important features to bring to you next. On behalf of our dedicated teams across Sonos and the many brilliant folks we work with on the Amazon Voice Services team, we hope you continue enjoying Alexa on Sonos throughout your homes, listening to whatever makes you happy.

-Chuck Freedman and Ryan Myers, Partner & Integration Product Managers for Voice at Sonos

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Sonos, please fix The Jazz Groove skill. Thanks!:)
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List of commands https://support.sonos.com/s/article/3514?language=en_US
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My top 3 wish-list features for Sonos Alexa integration:
  1. Have an Echo device like my Dot send audio by default to the Connect Amp that powers the ceiling speakers in the room where the Dot lives. Currently I have to say "Computer, play BBC Radio 6 on Kitchen"
  2. Change the wake word from "Alexa" to "computer" like on my Echo Dot
  3. Have Alexa group / ungroup my various Sonos speakers


I’ve had Alexa since it was launched on Sonos, and only last week I discovered that I don’t have to keep saying, “Alexa play BBC 6 Music” I can just say, “Alexa play radio” and it will play the last station I played, which is always BBC 6 Music. You can imagine how this has increased my productivity. ?
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I have found I can the custom list to load the rooms and Alexa to play them. I would like to see a vocabulary list for the Sonos (skills) would assist in navigation.
Synology Audio Station skill allows voice control of your own music from a Synology Nas. With the latest DSM update and the skill now available widely I set up the skill and settings. Works very well on an Amazon Echo device however Sonos One advises it it having trouble with the Audio Station skill and is unable to play music directly from my NAS. An update to Sonos would be a good way forward for many of us to use our own music and streaming to our Sonos equiptment.
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My top 3 wish-list features for Sonos Alexa integration:
  1. Have an Echo device like my Dot send audio by default to the Connect Amp that powers the ceiling speakers in the room where the Dot lives. Currently I have to say "Computer, play BBC Radio 6 on Kitchen"
  2. Change the wake word from "Alexa" to "computer" like on my Echo Dot
  3. Have Alexa group / ungroup my various Sonos speakers
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Hi, I’m in Australia, every one of those newly supported skills comes up with a “You are not eligible to enable this skill due to geographical restrictions” response.

Can I not use them in Australia?
Synology Audio Station skill allows voice control of your own music from a Synology Nas. With the latest DSM update and the skill now available widely I set up the skill and settings. Works very well on an Amazon Echo device however Sonos One advises it it having trouble with the Audio Station skill and is unable to play music directly from my NAS. An update to Sonos would be a good way forward for many of us to use our own music and streaming to our Sonos equiptment.
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Ryan, it doesn’t seem that Sleep Sounds on Sonos will loop indefinitely despite the description stating it does. Can you confirm if this is something Alexa on Sonos supports? Thanks.
Good question, the skill should be fully supported, but I don't have specifics on if that includes looping. What request are you using with Alexa? Are you trying two different commands?


Hey Ryan - Sleep Sounds notes that, by default, sounds will play indefinitely, therefore, I’m using the command “Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds to play brown noise.” Everything works except the noise stops at an interval I have yet to determine.

If you have confirmation on this, that would be great.
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I have a similar problem / question: IS THERE A WAY TO TELL ALEXA "PLAY XXXX on BOTH my Alexa tower AND in the Master Bedroom. Right now, I can ONLY play sonos ALONE, not combined with Alexa dot or tower.
There isn't currently a way to group an Alexa speaker and a Sonos speaker to play together at the same time. I'll pass along your interest in seeing it happen, but there's no news I can let you in on around it happening.

For instance; it would be really really useful if Alexa could ungroup-all or group Sonos devices together? And I bet it is a common request to have Alexa transfer Sonos music from one room to another. It would be absolutely brilliant if I could have a conversation alongside the lines of; "Alexa, transfer Sonos playback from bedroom to kitchen." To which Alexa might say; "Kitchen Sonos is currently in a group. Would you like me to play to kitchen only or group?". Alexa could then separate the unit from the group or play to the group. Sounds easy I know, but I bet it involves lots of bouncing around clouds and waiting for responses. Would be nice though.
I'll pass along the request for you too.

Ryan, it doesn’t seem that Sleep Sounds on Sonos will loop indefinitely despite the description stating it does. Can you confirm if this is something Alexa on Sonos supports? Thanks.
Good question, the skill should be fully supported, but I don't have specifics on if that includes looping. What request are you using with Alexa? Are you trying two different commands?
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I have a similar problem / question: IS THERE A WAY TO TELL ALEXA "PLAY XXXX on BOTH my Alexa tower AND in the Master Bedroom. Right now, I can ONLY play sonos ALONE, not combined with Alexa dot or tower.
Hi Chris

Many thanks for the sterling work being done by your people to bring to us Sonosophiles some of the delights of Alexa. I do not understand the technicalities, but I can imagine it is no mean-feat just keeping up with Alexa's ever expanding capabilities.

So you must be very busy. (and here it is...) However, I wonder if you could get a team to work a little more on Alexa's ability to control the Sonos multi-room environment - which I would guess is an aim for Sonos to get all users to have, rather than just one device.

For instance; it would be really really useful if Alexa could ungroup-all or group Sonos devices together? And I bet it is a common request to have Alexa transfer Sonos music from one room to another. It would be absolutely brilliant if I could have a conversation alongside the lines of; "Alexa, transfer Sonos playback from bedroom to kitchen." To which Alexa might say; "Kitchen Sonos is currently in a group. Would you like me to play to kitchen only or group?". Alexa could then separate the unit from the group or play to the group. Sounds easy I know, but I bet it involves lots of bouncing around clouds and waiting for responses. Would be nice though.

Anyway, thank you for all your hard work that brings a lot of joy to many people.

Regards.
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If I can, I'd like to vote for the millions of sports fans out there that the Westwood One Live Sports skill become available through the Sonos One. 🙂 I tried listening to the hockey game last night and couldn't. Alexa would say "Sorry, I'm having trouble accessing your Westwood One Sports skill" when trying to play a live game or even their highlights clip. Westwood One provides radio broadcasts of the NFL, NHL, Olympics, NCAA Football and Basketball, and more. It would be AWESOME to get this through Alexa on Sonos!
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Ryan, it doesn’t seem that Sleep Sounds on Sonos will loop indefinitely despite the description stating it does. Can you confirm if this is something Alexa on Sonos supports? Thanks.
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I'm not quite sure what Paul is trying to do, but I'm pretty sure other open source developers have created their own skills that can stream local audio to Sonos through Alexa. I haven't seen anyone here post about since Sonos got their own skill active, but I bet information about how it's done can be found on this site or somewhere on the web.

BTW, love the use of Agile terminology. I'm kind of doubtful that Sonos can use Agile very well though, since they have some hard deadlines and a lot of work with 3rd parties. Who knows.
Business reason: 100,000 more impactful (read: sales generating) things on the backlog.

I've never seen a private company discuss their legal contracts with anyone outside the company before. That might be different if they were publicly owned. But then they may have a vested interest in engaging the community that you're a part of. I can hope that you get what you're asking for.
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Understood. There is a difference though between receiving payment and having a contractual obligation to not compete.
As "firmware" in the this case is almost certainly a small custom Linux distro, I can't see why this could not be implemented in 1 or 2 sprints within their development cycle. This is not complicated code, so I find it difficult to understand why this is not being implemented other than for a business reason.

Paul
I can answer number 1 for you. Sonos is on record that they receive no payments from streaming services. If you need anything resembling a precise date on a development from Sonos, or an open-source alternative, you will be breaking some of Sonos' lifetime habits, but let's see what they say. I fear your Sonos will be ending up on eBay, which would be a shame (except for someone else).
Hi Chuck and Ryan,

My Name is Paul Armstrong and I am an Open Source Software developer and proponent. I have 7 Sonos One systems. I am looking to use Sonos One and Alexa to stream my rather significant and high quality media collection. I have found an excellent software tool that runs on Linux but its use requires access to the Alexa AudioPlayer interface on the speaker. The current firmware revision does not provide an endpoint for this API. So no joy. I have several questions as it seems that this request has been in the pipe for a long, long time:

1) Is the lack of this interface due to contractual obligation with streaming providers to drive consumption of online services? If it is, I am OK with that. I will simply return/sell all devices and move to a different platform. I understand the business imperatives that may exist, but there is functionality that I want from my music platform.
2) If the lack of interface is not due to contractual obligations, please specify an approximate date when this interface will be made available in beta or production. I am happy to test.
3) If there is an issue with implementing the interface within your firmware codebase, please, reach out to the open source community. We can help and drive the development.

Please feel free to contact me directly, off board, through my account information.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Paul Armstrong
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Control for the Netatmo skill would be great thankyouplease 🙂
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Since the Plex skill will now play music from a Plex server through Alexa devices, it would be great if this could work on Sonos! Especially since Plex has gotten their own Sonos integration working well! Time to return the favor!
Sonos, please fix The Jazz Groove skill. Thanks!
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try this Alexa, launch Absolute 80s
just tried it my self does not work sorry
try contacting sonos support
Re-enabling the skill has not started it working on the Sonos One. ?
It does exactly as you suggest, plays it via Tunein. This is how I have been listening due to the issue.