Support Spotify Connect to allow users to use the Spotify app as the controller.
Spotify Connect was just announced and I was surprised that I didn't see Sonos in the list of companies that would provide support. Many Spotify users have been asking for a long time to be able to use the Spotify app as the controller for selecting songs, as it provides a superior experience (you still can't even see the Top 5 songs in the Spotify view within the Sonos app, and it is difficult to look through an artist's collection to find a specific song unless you know which album it was in). Please support spotify connect. Additional details on Spotify Connect are here: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/3/4688166/spotify-connect-launches-to-stream-music-to-compatible-speakers If you look at the post on theverge, even the first comment was one asking for Sonos support for the feature.
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the question then is what Sonos users value more - Sonos (and all that goes with that) or Spotify. If its Sonos then they'll ditch Spotify for something else and Spotify lose out. If its Sonos they'll keep their Spotify subscription, ditch Sonos kit and buy something from the other hardware providers. Sonos lose. Otherwise just continue with a poorly integrated Spotify service via the Sonos app but I dont think I can go much longer like that as the Spotify app continues to evolve where as the Sonos one is stuck in the digital stone-age.
And just what is Sonos supposed to do that when their so called "partner" says the following?: "Pascal de Mul, global head of hardware partnerships at Spotify, told Techcrunch that there was "no plan to extend Connect to Sonos and no plan to continue to develop with Sonos" This looks to be one where you can't blame Sonos.
Sounds like de Mul is going on a scorched earth campaign for his new tech, only to be reeled back in by the corporate suits. It was long rumored that the relationship between Sonos and Spotify was not the most cooperative, and this does nothing to quell that rumor.
If Sonos really wanted to continue the partnership they would sure negotiate a solution.
agreed - the back tracking will not change their underlying view of no further development with Sonos. Spotify have really pulled the proverbial rug from under Sonos' feet 😞
Last I heard, it takes two to "negotiate", and at this time it seems Sonos is much more willing to work with them than du Mul is to work with Sonos. Personally, when I assign blame, I usually assign it to the party that appears to be being difficult, not the one who seems to be willing to cooperate. YMMV.