Sonos could provide an iPlayer plugin if they wanted, just as 3rd parties have written iPlayer plugins for Squeezebox. However, they refuse to do it, claiming it's not their job.
2. General prohibition of use and intellectual property rights2.1 Unless otherwise expressly stated in the Additional Terms of a particular BBC Online Service:2.1.1 you may not copy, reproduce, republish, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, download, post, broadcast, transmit, distribute, lend, hire, sub-license, rent, perform, make a derivative work from, make available to the public, adapt, alter, edit, re-position, frame, rebrand, change or otherwise use in any way any BBC Online Services and/or BBC Content in whole or in part on your product or service or elsewhere or permit or assist any third party to do the same except to the extent permitted at law ("Restricted Acts");
Nothing in there would prevent a Sonos plugin from being written.
That's just not true. The streams are available through public http APIs.... such as... your internet browser! Are the BBC sueing Google for allowing people to access iPlayer through chrome? Are the suing Mozilla? Microsoft? Apple? Or any other browser vendor? A 'plugin' (or add-on, or whatever the correct term for Sonos plugins is) would simply be another way of accessing what's publicly available through the web. Sonos would not be distributing, broadcasting, or anything like that.
On the topic at hand, there's no official news we can share about adding iPlayer support to Sonos right now. I've made sure to pass on all the feedback here to the team, but as others have said, whenever we build an integration with a music service it's a partnership. Neither side does all the work, and neither side can do all the work. We have the music service api available for anyone to start using to develop their service for Sonos, but once that's started we work together to add the service to Sonos.
But what would be nice, at least, would be to be able to play the FLAC streams for this year's Proms.
These are not 'facts', this is simply a company representative towing the company line. He's not lying, he's simply repeating what he's been told to repeat. I've been in industry long enough to know that official company statements on things like this are by no means always the truth. You must be incredibly naive to believe otherwise.
Have you lobbied the BBC to make sure they are aware of this interest?I'm not entirely sure how you can make the assumption that customers would assume the BBC iPlayer would "just work" not least because Sonos is an American company selling it's products all over the world. The BBC iPlayer may well be a big deal in the UK but it isn't in Malaysia, Australia, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico................I get that you are keen for this to be available within Sonos but I don't understand why you keep insisting even Sonos are wrong. You are literally flogging a dead horse.And by the there are many people on these boards who would love an iPlayer music service, myself included, but we realise how the process works and trying to insist square is round is not going to help.
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