Sonos version 7.0 is now entering Public Beta for Android, Mac and Windows PCs


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Sonos version 7.0 is now entering Public Beta for Android, Mac and Windows PCs.

If you’re using an iOS device, it will still be able to control your system but the device will have limited functionality. More details about what that means can be found here.

This version is a big step for Sonos and is adding a long-time community request, Spotify Direct Control. With this update, you’ll be able to tell Sonos what to play right from within your Spotify app (with Spotify Premium accounts). Direct control will let you pick what’s playing, change the music, and have some basic play controls, but you’ll still need the Sonos app for grouping rooms and some other Sonos functions.

To try out the beta for Sonos version 7.0 you can login to your account page on the website here.

With Sonos version 7.0 you’ll also be able to securely register your Sonos players to your own email address. This is a necessary step for using Spotify Direct Control on Sonos, and it adds a layer of security to your players too.

After you update, if you have Spotify as a service on Sonos, you’ll see a screen asking to confirm the email address that your account is registered to, using the password it’s set-up with on Sonos.com. If you don’t have access to that email anymore, or it looks wrong, you’ll be able to adjust it as well. If you encounter any trouble with this, please feel free to give us a call and a technician can assist.

Once you're all up to date on version 7.0 on Sonos and you've got your Spotify configured, using the direct control feature is as easy as opening the Spotify app and selecting the green text at the bottom that says "Devices Available." Your Sonos players should show up there if everything's working right. If you have players grouped together, just select the room in charge of the group and it'll play to them all.

Let us know how it goes, and thanks for helping test out the latest from Sonos. Please note that if you have any issues playing Spotify directly or any other issues that seem beta specific, you should direct that feedback to the beta team using the form here.

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Mine tends to say 'Devices available' and lists them all - I then click one and it says 'connecting....' for a short while and then back to list the 'available devices'.
Or I can select the 3 dots and group a room to another (switches to the Sonos app's 'Group' screen). When it reverts back to Spotify it shows the 'Room+1' but doesn't play and generally then ungroups and shows the rooms separately. Switching to the native Sonos app still shows the speakers grouped.
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Unbelievable... Sonos gives Spotify users what they have asked for past few years in direct playing from Spotify. And what does Sonos get .... complaint you can't group in the Spotify app. You can't make people happy
So I can see my Sonos devices... but it won't connect... "Spotify is not active on this device"

Help?

(Overloaded with people trying out the new version when they get home from work maybe?)
Not a negative. I'm in the software industry and was just curious. Thanks for your ever illustrious input, though.
Sorry, man. YOU see it as a negative. On the positive side, the question was, in my world, a feature like Spotify, which may very well be huge for many, doesn't seem like a big thing to me warranting the next number. That is why I questioned whether there was much more. I'd say go back and check their revision history for each number upgrade and you'll see why I was asking, but your knickers are obviously bunched up tighter than usual today so carry on by yourself.
Is there any list of the other offerings in the upgrade? Just adding Spotify control makes it a 6.5 update vs. a full version upgrade. Would be interested in joining, but I don't use Spotify.
Just adding Spotify control makes it a 6.5 update vs. a full version upgrade.

I don't think that's your decision to make mate (but kudos for having the balls to think you can dictate something like that to the manufacturer). I don't use spotify either but at least I can see that this is probably the biggest single change in functionality and philosophy Sonos have ever introduced. The negativity of some people in this place just jaw dropping. You don't even use spotify but you still have to get a dig in don't you?
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Yes major step for sonos since GPM control from android, how many years ago was that?
Can we have google home next please 😃, as I have GPM subscription and google voice would be my next step.
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Making and altering Playlists just got so, so much easier. Seamless. Loving it!
Is there any list of the other offerings in the upgrade? Just adding Spotify control makes it a 6.5 update vs. a full version upgrade. Would be interested in joining, but I don't use Spotify.

I'm sure the entire underlying architecture has been restructured for this feature, creating a new API for Spotify and other third party apps. By any measure, that would merit at least a consideration that it is a major release. Besides, as was stated, there is no industry standard for release numbering. Apple seems to release an X.0 every 9 months, whereas Android has multiple X.Y.Z.456 releases. Horses for courses, and certainly not something to get one's knickers in a bunch over.
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But why no direct grouping control within the Spotify app?

Only new feature now is that i can select a SONOS speaker from the Spotify app. And still the need for switching and using the SONOS controller to manage grouping. There's way more potential than just selecting a SONOS speaker...


On android app, go to the Spotify connect device list and click the three dots on the right side. This will take you directly to the sonos grouping screen. Make your group adjustments then go back again. Simples !

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Sonos Support :
Can this functionality be integrated into BBC iPlayer Radio next please ?
If I understand correctly , that would address the huge gap in Sonos for BBC "listen again" playback , and make many many UK Sonos customers very happy.


We'll pass along the interest to the team. We're excited to bring this new integration with Spotify and build on our partnership with them. We hope to do the same with other services in the future, but we can't share any specifics on which ones might come next. Thanks for asking!
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Just adding Spotify control makes it a 6.5 update vs. a full version upgrade.

I don't think that's your decision to make mate (but kudos for having the balls to think you can dictate something like that to the manufacturer). I don't use spotify either but at least I can see that this is probably the biggest single change in functionality and philosophy Sonos have ever introduced. The negativity of some people in this place just jaw dropping. You don't even use spotify but you still have to get a dig in don't you?


I think you need to understand semantic versioning if you're going to chime in on a comment by a software developer. Major version updates are typically large section re-writes or massive changes. Minor version updates are where something like a Feature addition would live.

He wasn't being negative or trying to dictate to the manufacturer anything, he was simply asking "what else is in the update that deserves a Major version bump?". Don't be so quick to judge.
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Mine tends to say 'Devices available' and lists them all - I then click one and it says 'connecting....' for a short while and then back to list the 'available devices'.
Or I can select the 3 dots and group a room to another (switches to the Sonos app's 'Group' screen). When it reverts back to Spotify it shows the 'Room+1' but doesn't play and generally then ungroups and shows the rooms separately. Switching to the native Sonos app still shows the speakers grouped.


Yep - finding the same thing on both android and mac.
Spotify is not able to connect to the Sonos device, says connecting, but after a while unable to do so.

Windows 10
Ordinary WiFi network.
Spotify version 1.0.41.375.g040056ca ( newest version )
Newest push update from Sonos.
Spotify is not able to connect to the Sonos device, says connecting, but after a while unable to do so.

Windows 10
Ordinary WiFi network.
Spotify version 1.0.41.375.g040056ca ( newest version )
Newest push update from Sonos.


Sane here


Same here, all speakers are wired here so not a wireless problem


Same here. No connection from Spotify (Android) to Sonos speaker. Just says Connecting... with no result.
Sonos app working fine though.
The email sent around announcing the v7.0 Public Beta mentioned a new improved EQ for the Playbar, so I signed up and downloaded the app and updated my devices. I don't quite know if I am imagining it or not, but to me the sound is really "top heavy". Speech sounds sibilant (over-emphasized 'S' and 'T's) and music sounds quite hissy. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed this or if anyone actually prefers the new sound? I have reverted back to the latest release version now, and I think I prefer it (It could all be in my head!). I suppose I'm worried that when v7 is released I won't be able to opt out of the eq part if I still don't like it.

Can't say I've noticed this. Make sure you report it in beta feedback, though. This is exactly the type of input they want to hear.
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Thank You :D

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Is it worth stating a warning about the devices and operating systems that will become partially supported controllers with 7.0, like XP, vista etc and that people have a limited time to opt back out during beta or they will be stuck with consequences of 7.0?
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Well, I for one think that the update is welcome, and, so far at least, is working like a dream. Fantastic!
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But why no direct grouping control within the Spotify app?

Only new feature now is that i can select a SONOS speaker from the Spotify app. And still the need for switching and using the SONOS controller to manage grouping. There's way more potential than just selecting a SONOS speaker...
Sonos Support :
Can this functionality be integrated into BBC iPlayer Radio next please ?
If I understand correctly , that would address the huge gap in Sonos for BBC "listen again" playback , and make many many UK Sonos customers very happy.

I think you need to understand semantic versioning if you're going to chime in on a comment by a software developer. Major version updates are typically large section re-writes or massive changes. Minor version updates are where something like a Feature addition would live.

He wasn't being negative or trying to dictate to the manufacturer anything, he was simply asking "what else is in the update that deserves a Major version bump?". Don't be so quick to judge.


I didn't know one had to be a software developer to discuss this, but as a developer, I'll bite. Sonos has announced two major software goals in the future: Voice Control, and Direct Control from third party apps. This is the first release bringing one of those two major goals to fruition. Conceivably it require a complete rewrite of the underlying Sonos architecture, at minimum at require the creation of a new API to be used by outside apps. IMCHYSEBO (In my considerably humble yet software engineer based opinion), that could merit a X.0 release, especially when this functionality is coming off the heretofore never seen levels of PR surrounding the August press release. YCHYSEBO may vary.
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For info jgatie, right the way through the beta it was version 6.5.
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I think you need to understand semantic versioning if you're going to chime in on a comment by a software developer. Major version updates are typically large section re-writes or massive changes. Minor version updates are where something like a Feature addition would live.

He wasn't being negative or trying to dictate to the manufacturer anything, he was simply asking "what else is in the update that deserves a Major version bump?". Don't be so quick to judge.


I didn't know one had to be a software developer to discuss this, but as a developer, I'll bite. Sonos has announced two major software goals in the future: Voice Control, and Direct Control from third party apps. This is the first release bringing one of those two major goals to fruition. Conceivably it require a complete rewrite of the underlying Sonos architecture, at minimum at require the creation of a new API to be used by outside apps. IMCHYSEBO (In my considerably humble yet software engineer based opinion), that could merit a X.0 release, especially when this functionality is coming off the heretofore never seen levels of PR surrounding the August press release. YCHYSEBO may vary.


All completely valid. @BCM made a simple comment asking what else was in there to merit the bump, and then the reply from @LHC sort of attacked him, but not fully understanding the comment. You don't have to be a dev to discuss, but it's ignorant to attack someone without fully understanding the context.

I agree with @BCM's question asking for the details (ie: release notes). He wasn't trying to "dictate something like that to the manufacturer", but rather looking for more to chew on.