BBC & Tunein

  • 12 August 2019
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@John B - what a great work around! Thanks. Seems to work on the mobile app version of both IFTTT and SONOS. Start the station in Sonos and add to My Sonos. IFTTT seems to recognise virtually immediately. Also using the Sonos existing applet means only one station/ room combo can be saved (for me anyway). So just create applet from scratch for the other room/ station combinations you want. If I can do it, anyone can!
Thanks again

Thanks for the thanks and for the clarification re the mobile app.

 

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  How did you create a cloned applet for other favourites?  Simple steps please!!

 

Hi

  How did you create a cloned applet for other favourites?  Simple steps please!!

I am not sure I would call it ‘cloning’, but just tap the ‘My Applets’ button (bottom right  in IFTTT app), then hit the ‘+’ at the top of the screen..

Tap the ‘+this’ to enter your Alexa trigger, and ‘+that’ for the Sonos action.

Tap ‘Finish’ to save.

Is that OK?

The IFTTT workaround does work, but I didn't like to have to say “Trigger 6 Music Radio” 

If you install the app ‘Yonomi’ you can create a ‘Routine’ within the Yonomi app, this Routine becomes a ‘Control Scene’ within your Alexa routine so

 

  1. Install Yonomi 
  2. Connect Yonomi to your Sonons and Alexa
  3. Make sure the BBC station you wish to control is a favourite within the Sonos App.
  4. Create a routine within Yomoni to play the radio station eg “6 Music”
  5. Add Yonomi skill to Alexa
  6. Discover your new scenes within Alexa
  7. Create a routine “Alexa, Play 6 Music”
  8. Add your Yomoni scene to your Alexa routine

You can also create one for each room so you have Play 6 Music in Kitchen or Play 6 Music in Lounge.  Its still a step back .

I had to let it all settle before I could see my favourites, eg go make a cupa tea or do the dish washer. It took a few mins for Yonomi to list my sonos favourites. 

This solution requires your phone to be on, so for some its may not be ‘right’ but thought I would share. 
 

Enjoy

To use Alexa to play BBC radio on Sonos... (but please bear in mind my earlier comment that 'It is a rather limited workaround but is OK for my use case') You need an applet for every room-station combination, which is tolerable for me as I only listen to a couple of BBC stations in a couple of rooms.
 

  1. If you haven't used IFTTT before, download the IFTTT app and link your Sonos and Alexa accounts to it.
  2. Add any BBC radio stations to which you want to listen to your Sonos Favourites. I think this needs a desktop controller, because of the dog's breakfast that is 'My Sonos' etc nowadays.
  3. Create an IFTTT applet where the Alexa trigger is (for example) 'kitchen radio 6', and the Sonos action is 'Play a favourite'. Choose BBC Radio 6 Music' to play in room Kitchen.
  4. Make sure you tap the 'Finish' button to save the applet.
  5. To play BBC Radio 6 Music in the kitchen, say 'Alexa, trigger kitchen radio 6'.

..... if you think it's worth it.

@ John B, this works great, but how to stop the routine through Alexa? All the voice commands I tried don’t work.

'Alexa stop' still works for me

 

Update on the BBC that they are investigating the issue I was having -   BBC Sounds intro plays, but then goes silent.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/issues/sonos-one-alexa

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I’m having constant problems trying to play Radio 4 via either TuneIN or Radioplayer with error messages about ‘song not encoded correctly’ and others:

 

I switched from Alexa to Google Assistant and that still pulls the BBC feed from Tune-in, although I prefer the Alexa interface.

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Update on the BBC that they are investigating the issue I was having -   BBC Sounds intro plays, but then goes silent.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/help/issues/sonos-one-alexa

The IFTTT workaround does work, but I didn't like to have to say “Trigger 6 Music Radio” 

If you install the app ‘Yonomi’ you can create a ‘Routine’ within the Yonomi app, this Routine becomes a ‘Control Scene’ within your Alexa routine so

 

  1. Install Yonomi 
  2. Connect Yonomi to your Sonons and Alexa
  3. Make sure the BBC station you wish to control is a favourite within the Sonos App.
  4. Create a routine within Yomoni to play the radio station eg “6 Music”
  5. Add Yonomi skill to Alexa
  6. Discover your new scenes within Alexa
  7. Create a routine “Alexa, Play 6 Music”
  8. Add your Yomoni scene to your Alexa routine

You can also create one for each room so you have Play 6 Music in Kitchen or Play 6 Music in Lounge.  Its still a step back .

I had to let it all settle before I could see my favourites, eg go make a cupa tea or do the dish washer. It took a few mins for Yonomi to list my sonos favourites. 

This solution requires your phone to be on, so for some its may not be ‘right’ but thought I would share. 
 

Enjoy

I have the same issues with my Sonos Ones, but also my Beam. 
 

I’d have the Yonomi routine running for over a year on my Play 1’s in the kitchen, connect via an Echo dot but that no longer works either. I can now only get BBC 6Music via Sonos by using the Sonos App. 

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Solution here

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