I hope I'm not missing something here... I'm fairly new to sonos, but I haven't found a way to play anything on sonos without going through the sonos app (let me know if I'm wrong on this). The more I use Spotify away from home the more I get frustrated with the Sonos app. So why is it setup this way? What's the functional, technical or business reasoning behind this annoyance? Anyone with insight please share.
(Soapbox spiel - just a heads up)
Personally, I think sonos would be a much more attractive system if it had an open format and could be used with any application. I certainly didn't buy my first speakers because I heard the app was awesome. I didn't even know there was an app. I wanted good speakers, for multiple rooms, that could work together or separately, were easy to set up and could be rearranged if needed. Boom - Sonos is perfect. My dumbass obviously didn't consider the whole app thing. I assumed that anything played on my cpu, iPad, or phone via my wifi could be thrown onto the Sonos system similar how I use my bose blue tooth speaker. I wasn't much interested in learning how to use another new app.
I could imagine that sonos's strategy with the app was to consolidate and therefore simplify. Simplicity is a big selling point and sonos delivers on setup and install. But it aint working on the app and I don't think can. For one, learning new stuff is hard. It's much simpler to continue using the apps you like and just adjust the volume for your new sonos system. And second, consolidation will probably always result in an inferior product compared to the original app. For the most part, I assume, apps being consolidated into sonos are not created specifically for it, so concessions and compromises have to be made for each in order to get any sort of integration. The apps we've grown to love and use in and out of the home just won't be as good through the sonos app.
You could say having to connect sonos speakers to spotify through the sonos app is kind of like having having two really nice cars - say a Tesla model S and an Escalade - but you can't fully enjoy either. You can only drive them remotely from a 2008 Honda Odyssey. Don't get me wrong, the Odyssey is pretty nice. It's dependable and utilitarian. But hell, there are two really nice cars in your driveway that are way more fun to drive. And even worse, you've already paid for them. You can see the escalade. You can even get in it and mess with the buttons, but if you want to take it for a spin it's back to the Odyssey you go.
So in conclusion, using the current Sonos and spotify combo is like driving a 2008 Honda Odyssey after buying a Tesla Model S and Cadillac Escalade. Sooner than later, the Odyssey gets ditched in order to fully enjoy one of the nicer rides. I hope sonos doesn't let their app drag them down and limit their potential. Some decision makers may see potential future revenue streams being created via consolidation of services through the app, but from my use of the product - that dog won't hunt. Sonos is the speaker system, let more people hear it and let somebody else handle the apps.
Best answer by Ryan S