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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I am confused. In China the QQ Audio Service App (Chinese Spotify Competitor) offers "Play on Sonos" as option. This is SpotifyConnect-like. Now the guy said he DOES NOT want to join SpotifyConnect, however given the chinese example he offers a "play on Sonos" Button (as other sources say as part of an open API) that apps can integrate. So Spotify offered the "Beam on Sonos" (aka SpotifyConnect) which is controlled by the Streaming Service Providers and Sonos says no. Now Sonos comes up with a "Play on Sonos" Button to offer the Streaming Service Providers for the same fuc*ing functionality. Srsly, this is insane. Just childish and stupid. Of course Spotify will say NO, as they would allow an inhouse competitor to their own Standard SpotifyConnect. Simply Bose, Yamaha, Pioneer, Teufel etc. could have come up with their own Play on XYZ APIs but there is a defined standard from Spotify. So for what reason should spotify now allow Sonos to have that button inside their app? There is none. I mean just re-apply this to another world: Mobile Networks. T-Mobile offers Nokia the chance to be early adopter for the LTE Standard. Nokia denies but Apple, Samsung, HTC and the rest of the crowd joins in. Nokia feels like their are missing a competitive advantage and comes with their own standard. Let's call it HSN. With lots of money you will find a provider in a country that is willing to invest and test and showcase that. However, majority of users will never have that expierence and the standard is none. More examples? Apple Maps, tomtom, MiniDisc, Quicktime, Flash Player, HD-DVD. You are all right to sell your sonos equipment as long as you still get some bucks for it and the big crowd doesn't realize the difference. In a year from today you will have outdated dinosaurs at home with a non-accepted standard that some minor streaming services like juke.fm will support. It's like the UMTS standard is on knocking on the door and we know that all we can do with our phones is core functionality of talking while everyone will ask for the full package with high speed internet. Sonos is right to say that we can use it, but the expierence will just not be giving us the Geek Factor and advantage to have a TOP device. Its just somehow working with basic features. Fail of the century, guys. Be happy you are not on Nasdaq, you would be a penny stock in less than week.
I agree with Ryan here. I think this feature would be really essential. I see a high risk of scaring customers off by not implementing Spotify Connect into Sonos. I speak for myself right now, but I'm asking myself why I should spend so much money for a product that doesn't keep up with the technological advance?! For me it's really simple... Sonos is not implementing this feature, I'll look elsewhere for hardware that already does support it. Because it seems like the easiest way to listen to music in multiple rooms. And as a matter of fact, that's the only reason I bought a Play 5 and a Play 3. I've just had enough of experimenting with Raspberry Pi and getting disappointing results. Your product is really good. Why not make it excellent by implementing Spotify Connect?!
Sounds like the last comments might be from SONOS employees. I agree with Nicao, there are too many good competitors out there for SONOS not to take substantial heat here. I just bought my first SONOS Speakers, but will NOT be cornered into their ecosystem. If you love your customers, SONOS, act like it.
I use Spotify to create playlists and then Sonos to play them around the house. That is my solution to the relatively poor integration of Spotify into Sonos. Surely you're saving yourself a load of work by getting Spotify to integrate Sonos properly into its platform rather than the other way around?
Just a few days ago a microsite went live where you can see what alternatives to buy to get rid of your non-supported SONOS devices
I was very close to buying two Sonos Play 1s in the past few days and was shocked to find out that Sonos does not support Spotify Radio. Because of this I will not be buying into the Sonos ecosystem. I shouldn't have to go into a third party app (Sonos) to utilise features (or lack thereof in this case) of music streaming services. The relationship between Sonos and Spotify looks volatile at best and I'll be sticking with Spotify. Until you have more tightly coupled integration with Spotify I won't be investing in Sonos because Sonos is supposed to enable me to listen to my music. I'd be paying enough to not have to come up with workarounds and hacks to utilise features by Spotify to get them working with Sonos.
Please please please support Spotify Connect (and soon!). I imagine it's probably a case of releasing a bridge that has the compatible Connect chip.
Don't force us to use the Sonos app, you should improve the Sonos app to make us want to use it. Then we won't be asking to play direct from Spotify which offers are much faster and sophisticated solution.
From my point of view Spotify app has a great UI, Sonos app doesn't... but you can arrange the different rooms and connect other music services. That's it. No more.
Please Sonos, integrate Spotify Connect!
I just bought my first Sonos and was planing to expand it. But if I cannot listen to my favorite Spotify radio, I do not see the point.
I feel very disapointed by your advertisement stating that Sonos support Spotify, which is by far exagerated.
Has there been any movement on integrating Sonos support into Spotify (via Connect or whatever other means)? The Sonos UI is a pain each and every time that I have to use it. Combined with complete lack of reaction from Sonos, I am just waiting to switch to some other solution the minute Spotify Connect expands to cover more devices...
(different Paul than the one above - but same frustration)
Sonos, I respectfully insist on an update for this. This isn't just a simple request by many of us, but a direct misrepresentation by Sonos. A timeline for your resolution or a true technical reason why this isn't possible should be provided. I invested a good deal of money in my Sonos system and until we receive that update, I will be reaching out to every tech review site through multiple means to explain how Sonos says it's "the best Sonos experience" yet doesn't even meet functional parity. How long has Spotify had Radio? How popular is it? Seriously, your false promises feel like dirty business tactics. I encourage all to share this thread through social media, by emailing examples to tech review sites and write reviews yourself on places like Amazon.com or for the Sonos app in the App Store.
SOLUTION: I bought a small Century-branded Bluetooth receiver, no larger than a small match box in Akihabara, Tokyo. Plugged it into the line-in port of one of the speakers on my system. Works like a dream.
When I press the Spotify connect sign on my iPod touch it immediately does what I ask it to do. Stereo remains separated over two speakers and all the functionality of Spotify Connect is available.
Ensure that you have enabled the "automatically detect line-in" setting in the SONOS app. After that, you never have to touch the SONOS app again.
Sound quality is great and range, as advertised, some 10 metres. Cost: JPY 1800. Which is next to nothing.
Very happy - frustration gone. In addition, it works also for my Microsoft Surface with Windows 8, another piece of equipment/OS that SONOS does not want to provide an app for.