Add Chromecast built-in Integration

  • 26 December 2021
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I live in Italy and here Android users are much more that the Android users that are in the USA…

Personally all my family have an Android device, like Google Pixels, and all the house have integration with Google Assistant and Google Home. We are a Google Family.

We bought a Sonos Move for have a portable speaker with a gorgeous sound, and I can confirm that it have, but we hear the lack of the Google Chromecast built-in integration.

In fact the Chromecast built-in feature is a great opportunity for Sonos, we think, because in this way Sonos Speakers can appear in Media controls of Google Home and so can be controlled by all the people that live in the house. Also Chromecast built-in have plenty of integration with some services that made things really easy.

So, we decide that for now Sonos for us it can be only the Sonos Move or the Sonos Roam that have also the Bluetooth, because we need it for limiting the lack of the Chromecast built-in functionality. But we appreciate that in the future these awesome speakers, that are probably the best in their category, will have the Chromecast built-in feature, so we can buy product that also came without Bluetooth.

Best regards,

Giovanni Galboni


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I agree with you that Sonos would be better with Chromecast than without it. I am not trying to claim any of these alternatives are perfect for you.

I just believe that Sonos are not stupid. Either Google won't let Sonos add Chromecast, or Sonos have made the judgement that adding it is not the most profitable use of scarce development resource. And that is because it would add too little value for too few users.

What would not be logical for Sonos to do would be to add Chromecast because this is 2022.

There are two options the way I see it.

1. You can back-feed the TV (with the Chromecast as the source) audio to a "Playbar" "Beam" or "Arc". Then control your audio like normal with the Chromecast. Group your Chromecast/Sonos devices and have group audio.

 

2. You can cast Spotify or another music service that offers "remote group listening" this allows for multiple users to listen to the same music session. Have another member of the session cast to the Sonos. You will have group audio controlled by the session leader, and voulme individually controlled by each user per zone.

I agree with you that Sonos would be better with Chromecast than without it. I am not trying to claim any of these alternatives are perfect for you.

I just believe that Sonos are not stupid. Either Google won't let Sonos add Chromecast, or Sonos have made the judgement that adding it is not the most profitable use of scarce development resource. And that is because it would add too little value for too few users.

What would not be logical for Sonos to do would be to add Chromecast because this is 2022.

This is from the Google Home App

I would encourage you to review the myriad of legal actions between these two companies, and reflect on what possible impact that might have on their relationship. 

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I have used Sonos since year 2013 and I did not miss Chromecast streaming capability until a few years ago. I have two usecases for Chromecast now.

The company I work for entitles every employee to Headspace subscription to manage stress better in times of Covid, work from home etc. I like the service and their sleepcasts really help me fall asleep more quickly. Headspace app unfortunately does not support Sonos. I did not find their content in Sonos either. To workaround the issue, I take my conference device Jabra Speak 710 from my study every night and play sleepcast through Bluetooth instead of playing it on my Play:3 in the bedroom.

The other usecase I have is to play back radio show aired at 6:30am at around 8am same day (6:30am is too early for me). I can play back the show on RTHK app on my mobile phone or on RTHK website, but I do not find those podcasts on any other podcast service.

I don't want to speculate why Sonos does not implement Chromecast capability. However, Chromecast capability would definitely improve my Sonos experience.

I have used Sonos since year 2013 and I did not miss Chromecast streaming capability until a few years ago. I have two usecases for Chromecast now.

The company I work for entitles every employee to Headspace subscription to manage stress better in times of Covid, work from home etc. I like the service and their sleepcasts really help me fall asleep more quickly. Headspace app unfortunately does not support Sonos. I did not find their content in Sonos either. To workaround the issue, I take my conference device Jabra Speak 710 from my study every night and play sleepcast through Bluetooth instead of playing it on my Play:3 in the bedroom.

 

 

https://radio.sonos.com/directory/environments

 

Not sure how well this would work on the ad supportted version of Sonos radio, if it’s the same thing you get from headspace, or what other sleep related services are out there that you can get through Sonos.  

 

The other usecase I have is to play back radio show aired at 6:30am at around 8am same day (6:30am is too early for me). I can play back the show on RTHK app on my mobile phone or on RTHK website, but I do not find those podcasts on any other podcast service.

 

 

Can’t help you with that one. I mostly listen to talk on Sirius/XM and can playback older shows.

 

I don't want to speculate why Sonos does not implement Chromecast capability. However, Chromecast capability would definitely improve my Sonos experience.

 

Might want to have a look at WiiM.  Their little device has created quite a stir already for its big feature set at a little price.  They don’t currently support Chromecast, but have said they will be producing a second device that does Chromecast.  Their infrastructure is similar to that of Sonos, and they offer unlimited lifetime support, something most of Sonos’ competitors don’t offer, certainly not at this price point.

https://wiimhome.com/Overview.html

 

The WiiM Pro, with Chromecast support (along with Alexa Cast, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, UPnP, AirPlay 2...) will be available very soon.  Target price is $149.  It’s getting really difficult to justify a Sonos Port...

 

 

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I think this feature will be useful. I understand Sonos integrates with YouTube music but all Sonos can do is pull a list of bookmarked songs (playlists) and play them. Typically, YouTube users search for videos on the fly and cast to Chromecast enabled speakers. SEARCH option entirely goes out of window with Sonos+YT music integration 

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