If you connect an echo dot to a sonos play 5, or any speaker with an AUX in or bluetooth connection, the best user experience would be to use amazon music. This essentially makes the sonos a dumb speaker, because all of the "smarts" are controlled by Amazon. It may already be too late for Sonos, their decision not to integrate with Amazon and allow full control through echo is going to make a great case study one day. It reminds me of Jawbone, once the dominant player in wireless bluetooth speakers, and now essentially a fitness tracking company in decline.
Let me rephrase... Their inability or unwillingness to move quickly to integrate with amazon echo, rather than their decision. I am making my comment based on the actions that I have seen, rather than an explicit comment from them. Echo has been on the market for 16 months, and their response has been to either to not reply to requests, or state that they do not discuss future developments. Six months ago the comment was, "We don't share a road map or timeline for development, so for specific requests like Amazon Echo integration, there isn't much to share." Nothing has changed since then. Sonos was an awesome solution two years ago, and still could be. The market has moved on, and now with the latest release from Amazon there are other solutions, that will meet almost all of my requirements, with a better user experience and with a lower cost. Unfortunately I think Sonos has buried their head in the sand.
Why not put an Echo Dot next to the Play5 so you can use the line-in to play through that Play5, your Play1s, or any other Sonos device in your house? The existing Echo can just move to one of the other locations you were planning to expand into.
As far as I can see the Dot operates just like another Echo installed in your home. For now this means voice commands to start music would apply only to the Echo or Dot you are speaking to. You can reference a specific Echo from within the Echo app and control them that way but I am not aware of any way to speak to an Echo and have it play something on a different Echo. Amazon could add this option at some point but I don't think it exists yet.
Good discussion everyone, the Echo Dot is adding some interesting options and I'm curious to see where things go from here. You absolutely can connect one to the Line-In on a CONNECT, CONNECT:AMP, or PLAY:5. In the settings you can turn on Autoplay for Sonos, and have that line-in automatically sent to any room you'd like as soon as it starts playing.Just some things to point out, you might not hear the first second or two of the audio, as the line-in will get triggered when it starts playing, and the audio might skip those first bits. Also, anything that your room was playing will naturally stop as it switches over to the line-in stream. As said already, we don't have any official news to share right now on a more complete Echo or Alexa integration right now. We've been sure to pass on the interest over to our development teams, but nothing new right now on the topic.
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