Is there a way to sort a sonos playlist?

  • 31 October 2012
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I have duplicate songs in a sonos playlist and would like to sort the list alphabetically to make the process easier. Is there a way to sort the list?

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Hello, There is no way at present to sort playlists through the Sonos controllers. I am going to move this into the Share an Idea section and submit this as a feature request for Sonos to sort playlist. This lets other users vote on the idea and the Sonos Product Development Team see the request as well.
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Are you kidding? It is so inconvenient that Sonos doesn't have the basic ability to sort playlists or automatically identify duplicates. This is really essential for a good music system.
OMG What a great idea!!! Please implement immediately. Sonos does everything well except playlists.
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Why don't we have this? Agree with the comment that the ability to sort playlists is essential functionality for a good digital music system...
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My main goal is to be able to delete duplicates in a que or playlist or be able to find a song in a que or playlist
Just wanted to add my opinion that yes, this should be an essential offering.
please implement sorting of playlists ASAP !!!
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Thanks for all the feedback guys. I know you've probably heard it already, but we don't publish a roadmap for future development, so we can't say what is and isn't currently being worked on. We love hearing what you're looking for to see in the future, so please keep it coming. When the development team chooses to put something on the todo list they have a whole lot of criteria that goes into the decisions.

We'll let you know if there's any news in the future around sorting for playlists. It's always great if you have details on how you'd like to see a new feature like this to work. Would you want to be able to sort a playlist just within the Queue or in another way?
I agree that this is a fairly fundamental requirement for any software - not just music players - especially for something like Sonos that demands a premium - Sonos the thing that's let your service down in the past is the quality and features of your clients, I've said it before - you run the risk of losing your top spot of you don't sort this out asap, people are growing frustrated that you never fix the things people ask for - is it because you don't have the skills, or couldn't be bothers? Either is concerning.
I agree would be great to be able to sort playlists. I have the same issue as duplicate songs added and no easy way to remove them.
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Hi. I am new here as a SONOS user. Seeing that this request has been made more than 2 years and still not in place make me think... either SONOS just do not care about their customers, and when we read Ryan feedback, it is just pathetic. Or it is a matter of competencies and SONOS developers are just not right for the job. Being able to sort alphabetically a list is 101 course. Sure they will never use Excel.:@
It's just software - please get this function into the software.  
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Still not an option? Even to be able to export as a m3u file to sort and re-import would be a positive step
Just wanted to add my opinion that yes, this should be an essential offering.
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This is one thing that definitely needs to be added. Even the ability to export the play list would help, then it could be edited outside of Sonos
Yes Please - it would make long playlists so much more social at parties and usable if they could be arranged alphabetically (by artist) at least.
Just Googling to see if I could do this. Please add this feature
Sort by artist, track, year, genre, ratings; are all basic incredient to any decent music library helping it stay organised. Sonos needs to address the most basic software features if it wants to capitalise on the it's market share (current and future); Bose, Samsung and others are now playing in the space, it's only a matter of time before user interface becomes the deciding factor. Features/Development cost, why re-invent when a perfectly good wheel in iTunes, Spotify, Deezer already exist, simply create a compatible 'wheel hub' (AirPlay) so that the perfect wheel can be fitted.
agree - get sorting Sonos
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Please within a playlist is good enough
Thing is your company should listen to its consumers not the development guys, afterall its the consumer that keeps you in business. Most of these post are simple recurring requests posted over many years begging for Sonos to improve its offering. Sonos really are the least customer centric business out there who don't actually care about the user once they have purchased the hardware. Your developers don't appear capable enough to even build a playlist sort functionality, why not save yourself a few bucks and leave it to the professional streamers to develop the apps
Please add my name to the list of users clamoring for a way to sort playlists, or the queue at the very least.

Love you guys! Happy Holidays!
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Hi. I am new here as a SONOS user. Seeing that this request has been made more than 2 years and still not in place make me think... either SONOS just do not care about their customers, and when we read Ryan feedback, it is just pathetic. Or it is a matter of competencies and SONOS developers are just not right for the job. Being able to sort alphabetically a list is 101 course. Sure they will never use Excel.:@

There are many topics in the community (hundreds actually according to a quick second google search) where people are asking/discussing lack of playlist and queue sorting with local and music services. It isn't a matter of competency IMO, Sonos hasn't wanted to add this feature for {insert your own speculation} reasons.


Maybe. But if people are asking for it, even a minority, the minimum to do will be to answer to them, positively or negatively. Then you will avoid speculations.
Don't you think ignoring customers isn't the right thing to do? Even Apple does it, sometimes.
Lots of good points being made here. I get the sense there are at least a few software developers in here 🙂 so there are probably a number of us who are familiar with the processes that go into product development and feature prioritization.

One thing some of us know is that statements like, "Obviously this company does not listen to their customers," are unhelpful when it comes to getting one's wish list items higher on the board.

I am willing to bet that Sonos has a relatively small team of engineers, compared to larger companies with more resources and deeper pockets. But just like any team, they sit down and go through a list of features that they might implement and prioritize them according to whatever makes the most sense, and usually that involves something that's at least tangentially related to *revenue*. Is queue sorting something that will drive revenue? Maybe, indirectly. But it's a lot more likely that it's beneath a long and evolving list of other features that are more important to the bottom line.

Once in a while a wish-list item like this will sneak onto the board, but that's usually because some engineer just really wants to spend a few extra cycles working on it. Even then, because this involves customer-facing UI, it'll likely have to go through a design committee review. They'll want to do it right, because they know they'll be pilloried if they release something that sucks.

Sonos also has design challenges because of all the other features they're cramming into this product. It's not a simple thing, even though we know it to be a common feature in other products that do what they do, but don't do what Sonos does. Yes, I'll bet once they sit down and work it out they'll get there -- I have ideas, we all have ideas. But there's always more than meets the eye.

Lastly, it is a universal truth that comment threads bring out the worst in human interaction, and if I've contributed to that here by being pedantic, I apologize. I guess I just want to recognize that we are here because we like what Sonos does and keeping our feedback positive (at least framing it positively) is usually a more effective way to make them *want* to respond to the community's wish list items.

Happy Holidays all. 🙂
Ugh, that headed South quickly. Not sure why it's so difficult to understand the difference between engaged feedback and hostile, accusatory complaints. :? I guess that distinction is just as subtle as the one between pointing out that being rude to the humans on the other end of the discussion isn't terribly productive, and being a Sonos "fanboy".
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OMG I can't effing believe that this string was created five years ago and Sonos STILL HASN'T ADDED PLAYLIST SORTING TO THEIR SOFTWARE. It's such a basic function. It would probably take even your worst programmer an hour to do this. Can somebody at Sonos tell me why we can't sort playlists by song title, by artist, by album etc. Why? Please, why? Please? Why?