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Is that for a playlist you create on the Sonos app first or can Alexa search your NAS music folder. It's the latter which is my real interest as I have thousands of music tracks and want to be able to say e.g. hey Alexa play 'Brown Sugar.

Can you not read, or at least play their video?! Or are you just here to whine?

What incentive do you honestly think Amazon and Google have to let you use their free voice services merely to play your local library, when they offer subscription music services? Are you 13?
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I'm simply exploring what my options are for the Playbar. I'm not really interested in compiling my own playlist in the Sonos app then getting Alexa to play it. That's not what I call real functionality. I may as well simply play the music directly from the Sonos App.

As said in my previous post I want something like Alexa or Google Home to search my NAS music folder for individual tracks. Why subscribe to a music service when I have all the music I want on my own NAS. It's a valid question.
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I won't be buying another Sonos product until they integrate with Google home. This is silicon valley most products support Google home and Alexa more than 50% even work with airplay.. these delays have gotten out of hand and there is no reason for the delays. I have already started looking into alternatives and once I start selling off my Sonos products I won't be looking back. I hope the integration comes soon because my patients are running out ( I have 2500$ invested! So hard to walk away but worth it if they don't value my future business, 2 more rooms left to go.)

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Is that for a playlist you create on the Sonos app first or can Alexa search your NAS music folder. It's the latter which is my real interest as I have thousands of music tracks and want to be able to say e.g. hey Alexa play 'Brown Sugar.

I don't think any of these so call smart devices currently have the ability to search a NAS to play your own music tracks. This for me would be the perfect Smart Device as I've no use for a paid for music service.


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I was more interested in the Google Home devices as I think Google has a much better grasp of other services/knowledge.

I don't think any of these so call smart devices currently have the ability to search a NAS to play your own music tracks. This for me would be the perfect Smart Device as I've no use for a paid for music service.
My understanding from statements I have read from Sonos is that unfortunately there is no option to integrate either Alexa or Google Home for owners of the Playbar hence my comments.

I can ask Alexa to start anything from Pandora, TuneIn, Amazon Music, etc on my Playbar, no problem. Not sure what you mean. Just need an Echo Dot...
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My understanding from statements I have read from Sonos is that unfortunately there is no option to integrate either Alexa or Google Home for owners of the Playbar hence my comments.
In my opinion, I would say that Sonos hasn’t forgotten anything, conveniently or not, and continues to work on the effort to meet their promise of integrating with Google Home within their stated deadline, which was “in 2018” as I recall. As frustrating as that is, I’ve not seen Sonos miss a promise that was made previously.
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I note lots of ideas for connecting Google Home via line-in etc. However, for those of us with a Playbar (which is not a cheap bit of kit) there is no solution out there that I can see.

It's as though Sonos has conveniently forgotten about those of us that have invested in this particular product. It certainly doesn't inspire me to buy other Sonos products if I'm being completely honest.
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Good list. I had seen some of those before but forgotten it.

I would add though that even i terms of one way integration, airplay 2 and google are noy that similar. Airplay 2 streams theough your phone. Take the phone off the network and the stream dies. Google integration is cloud based. Your voice command goes to the google cloud, then to Sonos cloud, back to yours sonos system where ut streams the audio directly.


I honestly was not aware of this. I own no Apple products so I just assumed that Airplay 2 would work the same way as Google Assistant/Alexa does. In that case I am sorry for my ignorance. This could indeed change the complexity of the integration (I am not familiar with either of those APIs so it is hard to say from my point of view.)
Good list. I had seen some of those before but forgotten it.

I would add though that even i terms of one way integration, airplay 2 and google are noy that similar. Airplay 2 streams theough your phone. Take the phone off the network and the stream dies. Google integration is cloud based. Your voice command goes to the google cloud, then to Sonos cloud, back to yours sonos system where ut streams the audio directly.
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The ridiculous part is that Airplay 2 was released one month ago, yet it is going to be supported next month. Google Home, as stated by thienedits was released 1.5 years ago and they didn't even care enough to announce a a date except 2018. At least we see where Sonos focus lies, I'll keep that in mind when I buy speakers in the future.

Implimentimg airplay2 is a mich easier integration than google home. First off, airplay 2 is a one way integration, just receiving an audio stream. Google is 2-way, with all sorts of cammands going back and forth.

Airplay 2 has been in development by both Apple and Sonos for way more than this past month. It'snot as if sonos suddenly dropped google development and put all developers on airplay work right when airplay was released. At the same time, you don't really know how Google is prioritizing it's part of the integration with Sonos.

And why single out airlay 2? Why are you not similarly bothered that sonso created a new product while it could have devoted those resources to Google inregration.

Last, is there another smart speaker company that will have Google integration before Sonos? I could be wrong, but i'm not aware of it.

As far as annoucijg a date, that she reonforce that it's complex, and they don't want to give a firm date only to end up missing it...like Apple did with the homepod. It shouldn't be taken to mean that Sonos doesn't care.

I get the frustration abouting having to wait, but that doesn't change facts about why google home integration isn't here already.


Well, there are two different points on Google integration. There is the one way integration (using Google Home/any Android phone) to just give inputs to all of Sonos speakers. Then there is also the two way integration you mentioned, only available on the Sonos One. The one way integration should be quite similar to Airplay 2. The only reason I could understand for it taking that long is that they want to release the two way integration straight away and not release it only afterwards.

About the Sonos Beam. Well, Sonos is a hardware company. It won't make any money by creating software. So they need to also focus on releasing new products. Airplay 2 and Google integration are both software related task, it feels like the one is being prioritized.

There are quite a few companies with GH integration: JBL, Sony, Panasonic, LG,... (https://assistant.google.com/platforms/speakers/), but I admit that none of them are playing in the same league as Sonos is. The only real competitor I see for the Play:5 is the Google Home Max, although still not as good (slightly cheaper and with microphones, so the price to value ratio is quite similar IMO).

But you are right saying that there is no competitor to the One right now, all the 3rd party speakers lack functionality and I trust none of these brands to deliver a long-living product.

What I am saying is that I am currently invested in Sonos and (assuming the GH integration will come this year) that is not going to change. But if I were to buy new speakers today, I would probably go for Google Home and Max.
The ridiculous part is that Airplay 2 was released one month ago, yet it is going to be supported next month. Google Home, as stated by thienedits was released 1.5 years ago and they didn't even care enough to announce a a date except 2018. At least we see where Sonos focus lies, I'll keep that in mind when I buy speakers in the future.

Implimentimg airplay2 is a mich easier integration than google home. First off, airplay 2 is a one way integration, just receiving an audio stream. Google is 2-way, with all sorts of cammands going back and forth.

Airplay 2 has been in development by both Apple and Sonos for way more than this past month. It'snot as if sonos suddenly dropped google development and put all developers on airplay work right when airplay was released. At the same time, you don't really know how Google is prioritizing it's part of the integration with Sonos.

And why single out airlay 2? Why are you not similarly bothered that sonso created a new product while it could have devoted those resources to Google inregration.

Last, is there another smart speaker company that will have Google integration before Sonos? I could be wrong, but i'm not aware of it.

As far as annoucijg a date, that she reonforce that it's complex, and they don't want to give a firm date only to end up missing it...like Apple did with the homepod. It shouldn't be taken to mean that Sonos doesn't care.

I get the frustration abouting having to wait, but that doesn't change facts about why google home integration isn't here already.
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The ridiculous part is that Airplay 2 was released one month ago, yet it is going to be supported next month. Google Home, as stated by thienedits was released 1.5 years ago and they didn't even care enough to announce a a date except 2018. At least we see where Sonos focus lies, I'll keep that in mind when I buy speakers in the future.
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Alexa and google both came out years ago. Has nothing to do with Sonos implementation. Unless I’m mistaken sonosnnecer said they were working on google home integration until last year. With Alexa announced October prior.
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I can imagine the port to Google Home would be daunting for Sonos because the chipsets, firmware and inbuilt software all has to be enhanced so that it works across so many devices. Doing this sort of upgrade on older hardware would be a huge task. At the same time Sonos is creating new products, enhancing their app and existing products among all the rest of the stuff going on.

Bit of patience required I guess but in the meantime I have my Google Home working with Chromecast to my Sonos system and it works perfectly.

I am looking forward to the Beam arriving next month (preordered today) for the bedroom TV.....should be an excellent addition and it will 100% get the Google Home upgrade when it arrives as well.
Sonos announced that Google Assistant support would be coming in 2018. They announced it in October last year that they were working on - so your actually completely wrong (it has been 6 months). Note it did take a year from announcement of Alexa support in Fall of 2016 to release in Fall 2017. These things just as much involve Amazon/Google timelines as Sonos.

Yea but Google Home was announced May 2016 and released Nov 2016, with supported products from Nest, Philips Hue and others. That's why to users it seems to be taking forever. Here we are, 1.5 years after Google Home release and still no support.

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I won't be buying another Sonos product until they integrate with Google home. This is silicon valley most products support Google home and Alexa more than 50% even work with airplay.. these delays have gotten out of hand and there is no reason for the delays. I have already started looking into alternatives and once I start selling off my Sonos products I won't be looking back. I hope the integration comes soon because my patients are running out ( I have 2500$ invested! So hard to walk away but worth it if they don't value my future business, 2 more rooms left to go.)
I really don't understand with the hold up is with Sonos. I keep hearing on the Sonos forum that it's Google and not Sonos that's holding things up but that's hard to believe. Google has bought the company api.ai for a long time now. Phillips hue works, Netflix. Sonos should have become an early adopter like the companies but they choose not to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvyrvowZ4wQ
https://api.ai/google-assistant/
I think your expectations will be met, when they've completed the integration. They didn't charge for the update for Amazon Alexa integration, it would be odd for them to charge for the integration for Google Home.
I expect a free update to work with Google Home after 10 years b/c after 10 years Sonos bricked my cr100 (with no comparable replacement).
Here is the announcement I was recalling:

http://press-us.sonos.com/159680-sonos-unveils-smart-speaker-with-support-for-multiple-voice-services

And the relevant portion:

In 2018, the Google Assistant comes to Sonos One, making it the first and only smart speaker to support multiple major voice services.


I'd be delighted to see something that modifies that timeline, please.
I don't recall the support for Google assistant being for this spring, I believe they said "sometime in 2018". Now I need to go find that to post a link here. Would you provide a link to the announcement for "sometime this spring" please?
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Thank you all for sharing your opinions.
I was interested in acquiring Sonos brand products for my home. After joining the Sonos community and reading many posts relating to Google Home and Alexa, I’ve decided to save my money.

I have multiple google speakers throughout the house.
Google’s Home App now lets users group speakers allowing me to wirelessly stream music (Google Play Music, YouTube Red) throughout my home.

A relatively recent update also lets me turn a Google Home speaker into a Bluetooth speaker.

I understand the frustration of author of this post. Why should you have to add a chromecast audio to your Sonos speaker? I get it.

I rather not be bothered with it. I’ll find a decent sound bar for my Living Room TV and leave the voice control functions to the multiple google homes throughout the house. Which by the way are very cost effective and sound great.


Actually you don't need a chromcast to get sonos to play music with google home. I do it with a work around right now. I can control the volume, the radio stations and my playlist with my google home mini. That plays all my music onto my sonos system.

Only thing I can not do it bluetooth to the sonos. But I never use bluetooth for that anyways. I only bluetooth to my headphone and travel speakers when I am away from home.

The fact of the matter is that sonos only announce that google home ability last dec and that it is coming this year. I am sure it will be out before july. Then I can dump most of my work around.

But Sonos is not the answer for everyone. I personally do not use the sonos home theater system. I prefer my old Yamaha receiver or my onkyo setup for home tether. Sonos is my primary home multi room music system. And that is where it fit nicely in my home.

I wanted a multi home system that will give me stereo sound in every room. And it is the only system that I found that fit my needs for that ability and the ability to play apple music. As I am not a fan of google play music, amazon music. Spotify is okay, but I have a big apple environment. The sonos was just the right system when I started out 10 years ago. And it has grown to keep up with my changing music environment.

As you have google speakers through out your home, it would make sense to stay with that system. It is a large investment. And while the review of the google home max is mix, it still is a good speaker. One once you adjust it to your preference. It will sound good. Out the box most speaker need some adjusting. For the rooms that do not require such a large and powerful speaker. I would look at some of the JBL Link speakers. They do sound better then the google home and google home mini speakers and have google assistance and chromcast built in.

But don't let this thread give you the wrong impression of sonos. We are talking about only 6 months since the announcement they will support google assistant sometime this spring. HomePod took even longer to get to market from announcement.