Sonos and Overcast (podcast app)

  • 22 December 2014
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I am just about ready to pull the trigger on buying some Sonos products for my home (either a pair of Play: 1 or a Play: 5) but it appears that they won't work with Overcast, the app I use to listen to podcasts? I prefer the features of Overcast over the Apple app, and have my subscriptions, play lists, etc. all set up in the app. So I don't want to have to change my podcast set-up just to work with Sonos. Do I have to move on and consider some other products, or am I missing a solution?

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+1 for Overcast
Adding my voice to the chorus. I very rarely listen to podcasts at recorded speed and would really like to be able to playback podcasts at variable speeds (1.2, 1.5, 1.7x), specifically via PocketCasts.
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I’ll agree that Pocket Casts is a solid replacement. Although once Airplay 2 is available I’ll probably switch back to Overcast. Smart Speed and the ability to customize controls are two great Overcast features.

This ! And Pocket Casts removed my favorite features and ruined the interface with the release of version 7. That caused me to switch to Overcast.

+1 For Overcast support on Sono!

And it’s still Up to Overcast, not Sonos, to implement the integration.

Anyway, Pocket Casts v7 is good, just requires a small amount of adjustment from the previous version. Folks who can’t adapt to change should really steer clear of technology 🙂
I’ll agree that Pocket Casts is a solid replacement. Although once Airplay 2 is available I’ll probably switch back to Overcast. Smart Speed and the ability to customize controls are two great Overcast features.

This ! And Pocket Casts removed my favorite features and ruined the interface with the release of version 7. That caused me to switch to Overcast.

+1 For Overcast support on Sono!
I’ll agree that Pocket Casts is a solid replacement. Although once Airplay 2 is available I’ll probably switch back to Overcast. Smart Speed and the ability to customize controls are two great Overcast features.
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Note that Pocket Casts played via Sonos does synchronize across other listening modes -- i.e., it remembers one's place, correctly marks podcasts as 'played', etc. I've been very happy with it on Sonos, iOS devices, and browser-based playback on PCs.
Switch over to Pocket Casts and you're done! ?
+1 for Overcast integration. Or at the least podcast syncing.
+1 for Overcast integration.

Sonos - this really is a big deal for a lot of people. Please improve the integration of podcasts other than i.e. the Apple podcast app (which is probably the worst app for podcasts anywhere).
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The main issue is that your played / time left state on episodes does not stay in sync if you play through Sonos sometimes and the app other times. I have about 25 podcast I follow and because of that Sonos is not an alternative for Podcasts unfortunently.
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Sonos customer support just told me on Twitter that there are no issues with how podcasts work on Sonos. Ok, then.
It seems to that it should be easy to have Overcast podcasts play from an iPhone. You can already play podcasts from the iPhone's podcast app. In the Sonos app on the iPhone go into "On this iPhone", then select "Podcasts". I think the only change to the Sonos app is for it to look in the location that Overcast stores the podcasts locally.

Where Overcast isn't a streaming service, just a podcast download manager, this might be the best that can be done for the average iPhone user who doesn't want to setup custom code on servers in their home.
No argument here. You should be asking the folks who maintain the Overcast app to do the integration with the API provided by Sonos. And Sonos has just, in the last couple of weeks, rolled out the Spotify integration, so much of the work may be complete, but I suspect it will take parallel efforts by both teams.
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Love Sonos but agree that the ability to easily manage (subscribe, listen to latest...) podcasts is a significant gap. The Overcast app is THE BEST app I've ever used for doing this. Having integration with Overcast would be huge and likely draw even more people into the Sonos universe.

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There are a couple of solutions you guys might want to look at.

The first requires a Sonos with line-in, which I already had to buy due to Sonos taking forever to integrate with Spotify. You can use the Play:5 or Sonos Connect/Connect:Amp. You'll also need a Chromecast Audio ($35).

The Master Caster app on iOS lets you cast to a Chromecast Audio from otherwise-unsupported apps like Overcast.

The second option is to add Airplay capability to Sonos via AirSonos (search, it's on Github). To do this, I believe you'd need a PC (possibly Mac-only, I haven't tried it) running anytime you want to cast, however. It also requires a bit of technical ability.

EDIT: Sorry, I tried to add links to Master Caster and AirSonos, but the system prevented me from doing so.
Overcast integration - yes please
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I was thrilled to get out to buy my first Sonos speakers tomorrow but the lack of Overcast support actually gonna make me wait.
+1 for Overcast!
+1 for Overcast integration.
+1 for Overcast integration
Related to podcasts and radio:

I do not understand why Stitcher Sonos App does not reflect the folders one has set up on desktop or mobile apps in Sonos.

I do not understand why TuneIn Sonos App does not have login support (folders). I've asked both firms and nothing in the past 2 years.

Life's too busy to be looking for different apps and adding one's favorites just to be able to play them on one system, that's different than one's desktop and mobile. It seems as if Sonos marketing, biz dev and operations decision makers should have a more pro-active (push) relationship with their partner content providers.

Overcast seems to be really popular, let's hope that when there's an Overcast Sonos App it will reflect the experience that users are accustomed via mobile.

It's about features and benefits CONSISTENCE.
+1 for overcast integration!
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If you want to listen to podcasts and keep then in sync on your phone then you want a nice Bluetooth speaker, not a sonos. If you are willing to not have things in sync then do what I do, which is use TuneIn or Soundcloud on the sonos. I just make note of the time stamp and go to that point. Its not perfect, but it works. If sonos would allow AirPlay or include Bluetooth input, it would solve a lot of these issues. but that is another long and boring thread.

You must have missed this blog post where they talk about listening to the podcast Serial on Sonos... http://blog.sonos.com/news/serial-is-back-and-is-now-on-sonos
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I saw an offer in the Uk with a cheap Chromecast Audio device (only 15 GBP) - so I bought that and plugged it into one of my Connect Amps ... works a treat and I can cast from the PockeCasts app itself - so can play collections of podcasts without having to keep going back to my phone.... and they are autodeleted when I have finished.
If you want to listen to podcasts and keep then in sync on your phone then you want a nice Bluetooth speaker, not a sonos. If you are willing to not have things in sync then do what I do, which is use TuneIn or Soundcloud on the sonos. I just make note of the time stamp and go to that point. Its not perfect, but it works. If sonos would allow AirPlay or include Bluetooth input, it would solve a lot of these issues. but that is another long and boring thread.