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Playing Youtube via SONOS.

  • 18 November 2012
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The idea is simple; to have a feature to play Youtube videos directly via the Sonos controller on iPod etc.
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Best answer by Ryan S 2 March 2018, 23:36

Hi everyone, there’s been a lot of discussion here with great suggestions and feedback. We make sure to share all that internally with our teams. I wanted to make an official post here for anyone joining the discussion regarding YouTube and Sonos. There are also some requests in here for sending all the audio from your device (computer or mobile) right to Sonos. I'll pass along those requests too.

We don’t have any announced plans regarding adding YouTube as an official service for Sonos. We’ll let everyone know if that changes in the future. That said, there are some ways to get the audio from your videos playing on your Sonos speakers. Take a look here:

Line-In



A great way to get any audio into Sonos that isn’t available through our software is to use the line-in on a Sonos PLAY:5, Connect, or Connect:Amp. Using the line-in, you are able to bring any audio content from a device with an audio output to play across your entire Sonos system. The line-in can be played from the player it’s connected to to any combination of players in your home.

Taking the audio signal from a streaming video and playing it through Line-In will introduce a latency of around 70ms. In most cases this isn’t noticeable, however, you may experience lip sync issues if you’re watching critically. If you’re looking for a speaker to pair your audio and video with, you may want to take a look at the Playbase or Playbar. These use optical audio connections which give a higher quality and lower latency.


Smart TV to Sonos Home Theater



This is personally my favorite way. If you have a smart TV or something connected to your TV that can receive a YouTube signal, you can even have a Playbase or Playbar connected to that TV playing YouTube on Sonos. The audio from the Playbase or PLAYBAR can also be grouped with other players to send that audio around the house.

This way sounds great. You’ll be able to see the video on a large screen and hear the audio coming from the same place, the way it’s intended.


Airplay 2



Now available, we’ve introduced Airplay 2 to Sonos players. Using AirPlay 2 you can send the audio from your iOS device to a compatible Sonos player (Sonos One, Beam, Play:5 gen2, Playbase, or Sonos Amp) and once that audio is into the Sonos system, you can group that player with any other Sonos devices to play your audio in all the rooms you want. You can find the full details on Airplay 2 with Sonos here.

AirPlay 2 will allow you to send most audio content being played on your iOS device on Sonos; that includes videos, games, podcasts, and music.


Try out Google Play Music



It’s not YouTube support, but if you have a YouTube Red account, you likely have access to Google Play Music as well. This is an official music streaming service on Sonos and has quite the large selection of music of over 35 million songs. You can also use an Android device to send the audio on your Google Play Music app directly to Sonos players.


Unofficial Solutions



There are some other great ways to get YouTube audio playing on Sonos, though we don’t have any specifically to recommend. You can find some good suggestions and ways to go hidden in this thread, so feel free to peruse the comments.


We recommend keeping an eye on this thread for further updates regarding this feature request. As soon as there’s anything new to share, you’ll be among the first to know here.
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I agree, i'm very surprised to discover that SONOS isn't able to broadcast a local source like YOUTUBE from the hardware where the constroller is installed. it's a great frustration.
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It would be near perfect if I had the possibility to stream all sound from my laptop to my Sonos controller. If not then at least make it possible the stream the sound from youtube. Every time a friend wants to show a music number it is from youtube and that is where the sonos software limits you. 😕 This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The possibillity to stream music from youtube to a sonos controller.
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Dear Sonos team,
my son is asking to play youtube (just the sound) via a sonos play 3. He would like to create play lists that could be used from sonos to stream the music or use the sonos controller to select the video where the music should be played via sonos. This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled youtube.com sound on sonos.
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So many questions and remarks on Youtube and sonos not being able to play it. Still sonos doesn t offer any solution, bit pitty for such a high preformance and high tech application

I developed an app (SonosTube) to solve this problem in iPhone and iPad.
SonosTube can play YouTube via Sonos.

A new release (version 1.2.2) will be published today. It fixed many bugs and crashes issues.
I want to share it with the other Sonos funs.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonostube-play-youtube-via/id1124115025?mt=8

I also plan to publish an Android version.
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I want to play music form YouTube over my sonos system like i can play spotify music. This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled YouTube as a source.
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Hello,

I am the proud owner of a Play 3 and a Bridge and I am very satisfied!

However, in my opinion it lacks a streaming service that is really essential: YouTube!
Remember that YouTube is the main search engine after Google for music and a huge amount of people listen to music and discover artists every day from YouTube.
Therefore, it would seem to be a serious strategic mistake and a great lack for Sonos users, not to quickly add it to the list of available streaming services on your controller interface!
This would allow to watch YouTube videos on his computer screen, tablet or smartphone (through an embed YouTube video player) and listen to the corresponding soundtrack on his favorite speaker Sonos simultaneous d(-_ ~)b ...

FYI, here is what is preparing competition (including YouTube with a video player): http://youtu.be/8PkJTLN9UJo

Thank you for reading...

Sincerely,
Olivier (from Paris) This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled YOU TUBE AVAILABLE STREAMING SERVICE!.
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I'm about to buy a PlayBar but i find it pretty sad that i cant play YouTube through the Sonos app!

I'd really look forward to see an update for YouTube support. Go for it Sonos!

Edit: Maybe ill wait with my purchase until this is cleared up.
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I will happily pay for the Android app 😃 Now that Sonos does not do it ... Piff

So many questions and remarks on Youtube and sonos not being able to play it. Still sonos doesn t offer any solution, bit pitty for such a high preformance and high tech application

I developed an app (SonosTube) to solve this problem in iPhone and iPad.
SonosTube can play YouTube via Sonos.

A new release (version 1.2.2) will be published today. It fixed many bugs and crashes issues.
I want to share it with the other Sonos funs.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonostube-play-youtube-via/id1124115025?mt=8

I also plan to publish an Android version.
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Hi all, after skimming through 17 pages it seems I'm not the only one with this issue. So I contacted Sonos support today and got this fob off:

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Unfortunately our development team do not share details of our product roadmap until a public announcement is made. Due to this, I do not have a time frame for when this could be implemented into the system.

We are always looking for ways to improve the Sonos experience, and while we do not share details of our product roadmap, we do pass on the suggestions we receive to our product teams.
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Yeh right, pull the other one it's still got xmas bells on! £2.5k on a Sonos system and it doesn't integrate with the world's most popular streaming service, and they don't have the decency to be honest about why. Alas I'm wondering if anyone has found a 3rd party alternatives like "video-player-for-sonos-youtube" available on itunes?

#HappyF-ingXmas


Well don't worry. We won't fob you off.

Sonos will NOT be providing a way to listen to YouTube VIDEO stream (or the audio thereof). This is because........
Oh wait, you read the thread so you know it is against YouTube terms and conditions.

FREE advice.

Next time. Before you drop £2.5K on a product where you have 1 very specific Christmas ruining requirement, do yourself, your bank manager and us a favour and read those 17 pages before you "waste" your money
Despite your dripping condescension, I'm still going to lend you a hand in reading comprehension. There is no way to stream YouTube over Sonos because the YouTube Developers TOS forbids any third party applications from separating the video from the audio. Since Sonos streams directly from the source, separating the audio from the video would be required in order for the speaker to fetch and play it, and thus all direct from the source streamers are forbidden access to YouTube. This includes Google's own Chromecast Audio device, and Google actually owns YouTube.

So you see, your beef is not with what Sonos is "thinking of?????????????????????????" for there is absolutely nothing Sonos can do. Your beef is with the YouTube Developers TOS.
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Hi everyone, there’s been a lot of discussion here with great suggestions and feedback. We make sure to share all that internally with our teams. I wanted to make an official post here for anyone joining the discussion regarding YouTube and Sonos. There are also some requests in here for sending all the audio from your device (computer or mobile) right to Sonos. I'll pass along those requests too.

We don’t have any announced plans regarding adding YouTube as an official service for Sonos. We’ll let everyone know if that changes in the future. That said, there are some ways to get the audio from your videos playing on your Sonos speakers. Take a look here:

Line-In



A great way to get any audio into Sonos that isn’t available through our software is to use the line-in on a Sonos PLAY:5, Connect, or Connect:Amp. Using the line-in, you are able to bring any audio content from a device with an audio output to play across your entire Sonos system. The line-in can be played from the player it’s connected to to any combination of players in your home.

Taking the audio signal from a streaming video and playing it through Line-In will introduce a latency of around 70ms. In most cases this isn’t noticeable, however, you may experience lip sync issues if you’re watching critically. If you’re looking for a speaker to pair your audio and video with, you may want to take a look at the Playbase or Playbar. These use optical audio connections which give a higher quality and lower latency.


Smart TV to Sonos Home Theater



This is personally my favorite way. If you have a smart TV or something connected to your TV that can receive a YouTube signal, you can even have a Playbase or Playbar connected to that TV playing YouTube on Sonos. The audio from the Playbase or PLAYBAR can also be grouped with other players to send that audio around the house.

This way sounds great. You’ll be able to see the video on a large screen and hear the audio coming from the same place, the way it’s intended.


Airplay 2



Now available, we’ve introduced Airplay 2 to Sonos players. Using AirPlay 2 you can send the audio from your iOS device to a compatible Sonos player (Sonos One, Beam, Play:5 gen2, Playbase, or Sonos Amp) and once that audio is into the Sonos system, you can group that player with any other Sonos devices to play your audio in all the rooms you want. You can find the full details on Airplay 2 with Sonos here.

AirPlay 2 will allow you to send most audio content being played on your iOS device on Sonos; that includes videos, games, podcasts, and music.


Try out Google Play Music



It’s not YouTube support, but if you have a YouTube Red account, you likely have access to Google Play Music as well. This is an official music streaming service on Sonos and has quite the large selection of music of over 35 million songs. You can also use an Android device to send the audio on your Google Play Music app directly to Sonos players.


Unofficial Solutions



There are some other great ways to get YouTube audio playing on Sonos, though we don’t have any specifically to recommend. You can find some good suggestions and ways to go hidden in this thread, so feel free to peruse the comments.


We recommend keeping an eye on this thread for further updates regarding this feature request. As soon as there’s anything new to share, you’ll be among the first to know here.
Please add YouTube to Sonos Controller. Sonos play3 is a great device and adding YouTube will make it perfect.
I was actually kinda surprised that Youtube can't yet be played trough my Sonos system. I hope it's possible soon!
If Sonos made itself available as a streaming target (ie like Airplay) then it would satisfy most people's use-cases. It beggars belief that Sonos still can't do this. (Obviously, Squeezeboxes can do this... in addition to having a youtube plugin that streams directly from youtube).

Sonos IS a target for the Google Music app, which will play to your Sonos devices fine and dandy (from Android), because Google made it happen. Google, not Sonos, has chosen to NOT support streaming audio from YouTube to Sonos, even for Red subscribers. Go whine to Google. You don't have a leg to stand on here.
If Sonos made itself available as a streaming target (ie like Airplay) then it would satisfy most people's use-cases. It beggars belief that Sonos still can't do this. (Obviously, Squeezeboxes can do this... in addition to having a youtube plugin that streams directly from youtube).

Sonos IS a target for the Google Music app, which will play to your Sonos devices fine and dandy (from Android), because Google made it happen. Google, not Sonos, has chosen to NOT support streaming audio from YouTube to Sonos, even for Red subscribers. Go whine to Google. You don't have a leg to stand on here.


Yes, I know your opinion - someone else is always to blame for deficiencies in Sonos products. Yawn.


Lol. You're a hoot! 😃
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I cant believe they won't implement this. It's so frustrating having x2 play 1s and x play 3 here beside me silent while i listen to youtube through the laptop. I mean for fuck sake.
Have bought sonos play 5 and now play 1.absolutely love the system. Best sound out there but I agree with this thread, sonos needs toextend sservices to allow for sound stream from YouTube or other video apps. I'm sure it will come eventually, not soon enough! Lol
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Same here I agree I was bought sonos for my birthday straight away I went to play and watch youtube and was a wee bit sad when I discovered that you can't access youtube. I really hope on the next software upgrade that Sonos will provide this.
Hi, I'm one proud owner of sonos system, but like everybody else here disappointed on the limitation sonos put on the system I mean not being able to watch youtube, and as far I can see the support team does not responded to any of this requests is a big shame, and a 0 points on this department. :(
Support replied to me. Basically they are monitoring this thread so the more people in the Sonos community that like or follow this thread. The more likely it is that they will incorporate this much desired feature
The only way it makes sense is when you take into account the vast majority of users see YouTube as a source of free music; coupled with the fact that the vast majority of people are cheap SOBs.
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I really want to buy Sonos Products, I've been sitting on the fence for quite a while waiting for a reason to drop the pant load of money they want for these speakers but without the ability to stream concerts from youtube or sermons from the internet I think will be taking my money somewhere else. It's too bad they limit users like they do. Its such an easy thing to add to the product.

If you want sermons go to church

Perhaps whilst you are listening to them you may gain an appreciation that theft is wrong
sorry Sonos but you just lost a sale. In Germany visiting family and was going to buy a Play 3, cheaper here than the UK, but on testing the unit found I couldnt directly stream Youtube. What are you thinking of?????????????????????????
Somebody should try reading the thread.
SonosTube (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sonostube-video-player-for-sonos-youtube/id1124115025?mt=8) is working for me.

It plays the video on the device, and streams the audio to the sonos, which I think is what gets around the TOS.

Takes a bit of time to start the video (doing some caching maybe), but it works well, and sounds good. Searching isn't as good as youtube natively, but it does the job for now. Not tried the android version, your milage may vary.

I think there is a cost down the line so be warned, but for those that want to stream youtube audio to their sonos this works from a device.
+1 Vote for feature to play YouTube via SONOS, without need for line in.