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What's holding Sonos to integrate Amazon Music in supported countries?

  • 24 March 2023
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I’ve a paid subscription of Amazon Music in Portugal, but as it seems, the Sonos integration is not yet available. Any idea why? Copyright issues? Or it’s just hard for Sonos to sync up with the service availability? 

This is the current Amazon Music availability:

https://music.amazon.com/EU/help?nodeId=202204440

 

And this is Sonos:

https://support.sonos.com/en/services/amazon-music

 

Com’on Sonos team… I’ve preordered the ERA 300 and want to use ATMOS on Amazon Music. Using Airplay will just downgrade the quality…

 

 

 

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Best answer by Airgetlam 24 March 2023, 16:15

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Frankly, it’s likely legal support. Amazon must give approval to Sonos before Sonos can move forward. And frequently, the delay between a service streaming in a country, and that service authorizing Sonos to stream can be lengthy. There are legal differences between the two, and often wending the way through each countries copyright laws, not to mention the rights originally purchased, can be tortuous. 

It would be a lovely world if there weren’t so many differing laws in each country regarding music streaming rights. And unfortunately, Sonos is at the tail end of all of this, and can’t add streaming to a country until such time as the streaming company gives them authorization to do so. 

For years services ran into legal problems getting Sonos support in Canada because Canada’s copyright/distribution laws considered multi-room audio to be multiple plays, whereas the US only counted the single stream coming into the system.  It could be something like that, because even today, most counties are still operating under copyright/distribution laws from the 1920s.