A similar question as I am about to ask was marked with ‘best answer’ without that actually giving answer to the question. Therefore, could you please answer the following with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’:
I own various Sonos Ones and Beam, and I have a premium Spotify Family subscription. When I ask GA on the first Sonos One to play music and thereafter ask the second Sonos One or Beam to play other music, the music stops on the first Sonos One. Now the obvious question:
IS IT POSSIBLE TO START PLAYING DIFFERENT MUSIC ON SECOND DEVICE WITHOUT INTERRUPTING PLAY ON FIRST DEVICE USING GA?
If ‘yes’ - expected and great, but HOW??
If ‘no’ - can’t be true and WHY??
thanks for answering
Best answer by Sjoop1985
First of all, asking Spotify to play something via voice control results in the same type of playback that is initiated by Spotify Connect. This is bound to one stream per account.
Second, as there is no voice match on Sonos, it can't recognize different users and therefore can't use different Spotify accounts.
I just tried this on two Google Home Mini's and the first one stops playing as soon as the second one starts, so this seems to be a Spotify/Google issue, not something specific to Sonos.
When initated through a Sonos controller, I assume the Spotify streams are fetched via a Sonos-specific route, allowing for multiple streams on the same account, going to different rooms. Like with grouping, this is a superior feature of the Sonos system, that evidently cannot simply be carried over to Google Home or the GA integration in Sonos.
This could be fixed if GA could access and alter the now playing queue, instead of going through Spotify Connect, but I can imagine that to not be possible.