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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I also love overcast, and just wanted to cast my vote for a way to play podcasts from alternative podcast apps such as overcast, downcast, and pocket casts. I would love to be able to listen to podcasts on my sonos.
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I should have researched this more. I'm disappointed at all the limitations of Sonos. Can't use overcast (or any podcast or audio app), can't use audible. Should have just purchased a BT or AirPlay setup. Too bad. Sonos should be the leader in this field.
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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.
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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.

I understand there are technical limitations with SONOS, such as requiring the files to be in your music directory (thus the Podcasts app requirement), and I love the Overcast app on my phone, but I think the heart of what needs to be address is remembering track position. 

Overcast is great because it will remember my track position across devices. This should be a feature within SONOS in general, for those really long music tracks (a symphony?), but I think the best example is either an audio book or podcast. One reason I love SONOS is because I can be connected to my home wirelessly. It would be great to walk in the house, and pick up where you left off with your podcast/audiobook that you're listening to on the phone. 

A weird (not recommended) solution could even be offline mode for the SONOS controller. If I used the controller to listen to things while on-the-go, then all I have to do is connect to WIFI at home, hit play, and I wouldn't miss a beat. 

My recommendation and preference would be to integrate with cloud services specific to the content your customers are listening to. That means working with Amazon and Audible to connect to the Audible cloud (as I see has been requested by dozens of people already). For podcasts, that could also mean syncing with iCloud, or other popular services such as Overcast.fm that keep track of listening history. 

Lastly, if you guys need an Interaction Designer, let me know. Seems like you can use the help 😉
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Adding my vote for Overcast support.
+1 for Overcast integration
+1 for Overcast integration.
+1 for Overcast!
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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If you get a PLAY:5 you can use line-in and just use Overcast. (It's even possible to use the line-in on PLAY:5 on the go). If you decide to go for the PLAY:1 instead then the only option for now is to download the podcasts and then add them to the music library in Sonos. (In case you're using an Android device, see this FAQ).
Is there any news about this? Would love to get an Overcast service added to Sonos.
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Have you tried Spreakr?  http://www.connectedly.com/sonos-adds-podcasts-its-streaming-lineup-spreaker

Popular podcasts and spreakr do not mix too well. Spreakr is more like a youtube for podcasts. For example, you won't find the latest Nerdist episode, but you will find a lot of user generated podcasts talking about the latest Nerdist episode. Hope this helps. Spreakr is not a podcast player, it is a standalone podcast ecosystem.

Radio by Tunein is really the only *decent* podcast app on Sonos that I have found so far.
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I would agree. Sonos sorely lacks support for podcasts. I don't know really anyone that uses the native Podcasts app from Apple. Support for one of the bigger apps would be great. Overcast, Downcast, etc.
Overcast integration - yes please
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.
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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.
+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).
+1 for Overcast integration. Or at the least podcast syncing.
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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.
Have you tried Spreakr?  http://www.connectedly.com/sonos-adds-podcasts-its-streaming-lineup-spreaker
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I'm started to get really frustrated with how difficult it is to get Sonos to sync with my podcasts.
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For a small service like this that is only available on iOS devices, this isn't worth Sonos' own resources to implement. If you want Overcast on Sonos, you need to convince the creator of Overcast to use Sonos' developer API to implement their own Sonos audio service. And if you read the Overcast FAQ on the website, the developer (which the way the FAQ is written sounds like it's just one guy) comes off as a devout Apple fanboi with no interest in developing for any other platforms.
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I use PocketCasts on my Android Phone - and although the experience is not perfect, I can stream the downloaded podcasts to my Sonos system ... you just need to ensure that they are downloaded to the correct folder on your phone, and then you can find them through the Sonos app.
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Greenl - Can PocketCasts play at 2x or 3x speed? That is the killer functionality that BeyondPod provides. I am not opposed to paying for PocketCasts, but if it doesn't have listening at super speed, it is a non-starter.

I have loaded Stitcher as well. I am comparing the two.

Edit: It DOES have variable speed. I am going to have to check it out!